A searching and reasonable survey of the political climate which will appeal to serious readers but may prove heavy going for the politically apathetic average reader. The author deals primarily with the motives behind the actions of the government, from the Declaration of Independence to the complexities of today's political structure. He raises such questions as Why a Party system? Are pressure groups evil or good? Do we actually need an Administrative set-up which- in a single department like the Post Office employs more persons than the Ford Motor Company? He points out the curious ""double standard"" in American political life-idealism coupled with the ruthless drive to make "" a fast buck "" He traces the progress (?) of the average citizen from knee breeches to busy citizen who Government to be a super-machine operating with infallible honesty but is unwilling to take on himself any responsibility beyond pulling the lever in a voting booth..... There is plenty of good theory here- plenty too of historical perspective- not enough of attack on the concrete evidence which might have captured the average citizen's curiosity and too much of the pedantic and academic to capture the heart and imagination. The author wrote part of the book on a grant from the Rockefeller Foundation; the balance while scurrying a teaching schedule at Princeton. And his theoretical background was balanced to some extent by serving as consultant on the ""Ethics Committee"" of the Senate Committee on Labor and Public Welfare..... The result a sound background book, but not a ""quickie"" for today's immediate issues.