Jackson, Henry M.
April 1960
Foreign Affairs;Apr1960, Vol. 38 Issue 3, p446
Academic Journal
This article presents information on the political system of the U.S., after the World War II. The direction taken by political scientists since World War II, represents a reaction to the overemphasis put by their teachers on the study of organizational forms. The reaction has been a healthy one. No one denies the importance of leadership. The free world is being tried in a life-and-death contest that is novel in nature and therefore unprecedented in the demands it makes on its leaders. The plain fact is that good policy demands both good men and good machinery. And though it may be true that good men can triumph over poor machinery, it is also true that they arc more effective when they work with good machinery. With these things in mind, the U.S. Senate last summer authorized a comprehensive review of our national policy-making machinery. The National Security Act of 1947 created a new tool, the National Security Council, for use by the President in the making of national security policy.


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