Policy Sciences

, Volume 41, Issue 1, pp 21–32

Revisiting Lasswell


DOI: 10.1007/s11077-007-9052-9

Cite this article as:
Farr, J., Hacker, J.S. & Kazee, N. Policy Sci (2008) 41: 21. doi:10.1007/s11077-007-9052-9


This article continues the line of argument and historical interpretation we offered in “The Policy Scientist of Democracy: The Discipline of Harold D. Lasswell” by way of a response to Ronald Brunner’s “The Policy Scientist of Democracy Revisited.” Problems regarding Lasswell’s capacious vision of the policy scientist and vagaries surrounding “democracy,” do not diminish the importance of the questions Lasswell asked and left as his legacy to the discipline of political science. We here supply further evidence for our historical interpretation of Lasswell and sketch what sort of “policy scientist of democracy” fits our times and the current state of the discipline of political science.


LasswellDemocracyPolicy sciences

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Political ScienceNorthwestern UniversityEvanstonUSA
  2. 2.Department of Political ScienceYale UniversityNew HavenUSA