Students of the american political tradition have continually asked and attempted to answer certain basic questions about the nature and purpose of the American Political System: What are our commitments as a people? What are our abiding beliefs and values? What are our goals as a people united for action in history? In sum, what is the American political tradition?
George W. Carey is professor of government at Georgetown University and editor of the Political Science Reviewer.
James McClellan is a member of the Washington staff of Senator-Jesse Helms of North Carolina.