Human Nature and the Transforming Society

September 01, 1974

The essence of the question of what kind of society we may form-once we are freed from our past repressions and the hangover of our liberation feast-is what kind of material do we have to work with?

Political Science Quarterly

September 01, 1974

Political Science Quarterly, with Pamela Doty, 89, No. 3 (Fall 1974), pp. 647-650 (James Q. Wilson, Political Organizations).

Alternative Conceptions of Accountability

July 01, 1974

The following view of accountability-the guidance approach-is the view closest to my heart. It took me 600-odd pages to explain it elsewhere." Here I will simply susgcst its chief points relevant to the issue at hand.

Off the Beat: Endow N.I.H. to create a National University

May 25, 1974

Recently, the outgoing deputy director of the National Institutes of Health, John F. Sherman, charged that the Nixon Administration's management-minded executives at the Department of Health, Education and Welfare and the Office of Management and Budget were moving in "with an iron hand" to run the research programs at NIH.


February 01, 1974

“Futurology,” Psychiatry and Social Science Review 5, No. 2 (February 1971), pp. 28-29. (Alvin Toffler, Future Shock.)

Participation in America: Political Democracy and Social Equality

January 01, 1974

Public Opinion Quarterly 37, No. 4 (Winter 1973-74), pp. 659-660 (Sidney Verba and Norman H. Nie, Participation in America: Political Democracy and Social Equality).

Social Implications of the Use and Non-use of New Genetic and Medical Techniques

January 01, 1974

“Social Implications of the Use and Non-use of New Genetic and Medical Techniques,” Protection of Human Rights in the Light of New Scientific and Technological Progress in Biology and Medicine (Geneva: Council for International Organizations of Medical Sciences, 1974), pp. 48-75.

Interstate Integration of Students

January 01, 1974

About one in every five American students is attending college in a slate other than the one in which he or she resides. The national percentage for undcrgraduate students is about 17 percent; the ratio for graduate students is somewhat higher.

Biomedicine and Ethics: What Role for Genetic Engineering?

January 01, 1974

If a raving maniac struck your child on the head with an iron bar, causing mental retardation, reduction of life expectancy to seven years, and institutionalization, the act would be considered a horrendous crime. The perpetrator would be instantly incarcerated.

Methadone: Best Hope for Now

January 01, 1974

Unlike other programs for heroine addicts, methadone works. It should be used more widely till a better solution is found.

Genetic Fix: Should We Dare, Who Will Decide?

October 29, 1973

As we begin to face the issues raised by the new biomedical technologies-genetic manipulation, prolongation of life, organ transplantation, drug control of behavior-professionals from many disciplincs are seeking ways to manage such problems.

Consent for Abortion. The Fetus: Whose Property?

October 07, 1973

A three-judge Federal Court has ruled on August 15, 1973, in Miami, Florida, that a woman does not need the consent of her husband to obtain a legal abortion.

For Authority: New Style

October 01, 1973

“For Authority: New Style,” Social Education, Vol. 37, No. 6 (October 1973), pp. 546-547.

Educational Institutions as a 'Guidable' System

October 01, 1973

This essay attempts to apply a general theoretical form to the study of educational institutions. The theory's core assumption is that in conceptualizing and analyzing social dynamics one must carefully separate "change" from "guided change." (In the past, stresswas often put on contrasting change with stasis.

The Secret Power of Telephone Conference Calls

October 01, 1973

The conference circuits are an amazing technology. If they were technically advanced one more step, and if factors which presently con- strain their use were relaxed, they could help significantly to increase and facilitate group communication.