Alfred Diamant

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Alfred Diamant (September 25, 1917 – May 11, 2012) was an American political scientist.[1] His main contribution was in the field of comparative politics and comparative public administration. He was a member of the Comparative Administration Group (CAG) and a co-chairperson of the Council for European Studies based at Columbia University.[2] According to Peter Alexis Gourevitch, Diamant was both “on the Executive Committee of the Council for European Studies (based in New York) and the Interuniversity Center for European Studies in Montreal.”[3] Alfred Diamant was published by Princeton University Press and by top ranking journals like Administrative Science Quarterly, Comparative Political Studies, and PS. Political Science and Politics. (See List of publications) Diamant’s “areas of expertise” were “Comparative Western European Politics and Social Policy.”[4] Together with his colleague, James Christoph, he “established Indiana University as a major site of the study of European culture, society and politics.”[5] John D.Martz called the “works of Maurice Duvergier, Sigmund Neumann and Alfred Diamant” that focus on the study of political parties “Western European-oriented classics.”[6] D.B. Robertson saw Alfred Diamant as “a gifted and humane scholar.”[7]

Alfed Diamant was born in Vienna, Austria, and came to the United States as a young man when the Fascists gained power in Germany and Austria. During WWII, he served in the[8] He was married to Ann Diamant.[9]

Lessons from history[edit]

Alfred Diamant wrote his M.A. thesis on ‘Prototypes of Austro-German Fascism’ at Indiana University in 1948.[10] By that time, it was already clear to him that he wanted to teach and do research at a university.

His focus on the anti-democratic developments in pre-WWII Europe is apparent in a number of large studies and minor contributions that he wrote since the 1950s. Diamant analyzed the role of Conservative political catholicism in Austria and its contribution to the rise of the clerical fascist Dollfuss regime.[11] He also focused on the strengths and failures of the Left in (above all) Austria and Germany that preceded their defeat by fascism.[12] Such works were motivated by a desire to enlighten people concerning the root causes and to prevent a return of what had occurred, no matter whether it might reappear in the form of a tragedy or as a farce. He was convinced that the repeat of mistakes, the return of the same was not inevitable. Instead of pessismism (which would have been understandable), a democratic optimism prevailed.[13]

At the same time, Diamant also took a stand back home in the U.S., with regard to U.S. affairs. Like other open-minded, nonconformist intellectuals, he was opposed to witchhunts of the type practiced by Senator Joseph McCarthy. As early as 1950 he took a stand when he reviewed the book ‘Character Assassination’ by Jerome Davis that had just appeared.[14] Another article published in the 1950s in The Western Political Quarterly also reflects his democratic commitment. It argued in favor of improved local government.[15] Similarly, he defended the right of Vietnam war opponents to dissent in an article jointly written with two colleagues and published in the New York Times in 1965.[16]

Rethinking Max Weber[edit]

In the 1960s, Diamant focused increasingly on the critical study of institutional frameworks and thus, above all, on bureaucracy. Max Weber, the conservative he initially looked at without much sympathy, was now critically received and his important insights were adapted to fit the needs of a democratic societal project. (In similar fashion, progressives have been open to the reception of Clausewitz since the 1960s.) A key essay by Alfred Diamant, titled The Bureaucratic Model: Max Weber Rejected, Rediscovered, Reformed, that appeared in Papers in Comparative Public Administrative Sciences (No. 1 1962,pp. 59–96), reveals this critical yet decisive reception of Max Weber. The author of ‘The American Bureaucracy,’ Richard J. Stillman, calls it an “insightful piece.”[17] Dwight Waldo thinks it is important to “direct” the reader’s “attention” to it. As D.Waldo notes, it is in this essay that Diamant “reviews the vast array” of scholarly publications on bureaucracy respectively bureaucracies while at the same time “carefully and penetratingly examin[ing] what Weber wrote on, and relating to, bureaucracy. Diamant “evaluates, relates, and classifies; and ends up by setting forth proposals ‘for the comparative analysis of bureaucracies; using the Weberian ideal-type’[…]” – as he had “modified it.”[18]

Diamant emphasized the fact that “Weber associated bureaucracy with a legal-rational authority system.”[19] This was what made it modern and what constituted its essence. Ideally, a ‘bureaucratic’ (or administrative) apparatus (or ‘institution’) had to be rational in order to function well. It also was tied to the rule of law (as opposed to absolutist or dictatorial arbitrary suspension of such rule of law). Ideally, this made its functioning dependable and foreseeable. Both qualities, ‘rationality’ and ‘rule of law,’ made bureaucracy a modern phenomenon. And its “authority” – in other words, the fact that it was accepted by the population – depended on both traits. There was nothing specifically Prussian about either ‘rationality’ or ‘rule of law.’ If the specific Prussian way of applying ‘rationality’ and ‘rule of law’ was deficient (or if, somewhat later, the bureaucratic ‘rationality’ of the fascists who organized the holocaust was horrible, just like the Nuremberg laws ( Nuernberger Gesetze) were horrible), this did not mean that the ideals had to be discarded as meaningful guideposts. Instead, they had to be filled, again and again, in given historical situations, with a material content that reflected both humane values and the concrete needs of the citizens.

Diamant was not necessarily a Weberian scholar. Referring to Weber’s ‘ideal-tye’ of bureaucracy, E. N. Suleiman observes, “Some saw in his model a rigid, Prussian-inspired influence that had but a tangential relationship to reality.” Suleiman points specifically to Diamant.[20] Diamant knew indeed that Weber was a functional academic, whose profound insights into the workings of bureaucracies served the interests of the Wilhelminian authoritarian nation-state.[21] Insofar Weber’s model was “a Prussian inspired model” just like Weber himself was a nationalist and per se anti-democratic. He represented and aided the status quo. But regardless of one’s social and political position regarding this status quo, how could one ignore his penetrating insights in the way bureaucracies function and regarding the (positive and negative) purposes they can serve? What mattered was to reflect his insights in the light of new, added knowledge and in the interest not of a ‘Leviathan’ of the Prusso-German type, but in the interest of a democratically constituted society. As far as the charge is concerned that Weber’s ‘ideal-type’ was ‘abstract’ and thus meaningless, Diamant knew full-well that science operates with abstractions. This certainly could not be held against the German scholar. Therefore, it is not surprising that “Diamant makes a valiant effort to defend and ‘resurrect’ Weber from the telling criticisms of scholars like Presthus, Beck and Berger. Weber, he notes, was not so naïve as to believe that his ideal-constructs had unqualified correspondence” in what we like to refer to as the real world.[22] What mattered, according to Diamant, was to ‘modify,’ adapt, or surpass Weber’s constructs. It is well known that in the 20th century, several sociologists and political scientists “have sought to construct typologies that are closer approximations of the mixes or dualities existing in the real world. The Comparative Administration Group (…) was prominent in this field.”[23]

As a member of this group, Diamant shared its basic orientation but did not see the necessity to discard Weber’s bureaucracy model entirely. There was too much in it that was still pertinent.

A pioneer in the field of Comparative Politics and Comparative Administration[edit]

Robert H. Jackson states that “(s)ince World War II a new approach to the study of public administration (...) developed.” Comparative strategies of research were developed and this meant that “administrative behavior and practices (were) analyzed in widely different societies and cultures.” [24] Alfred Diamant, a key member of the Comparative Administration Group (CAG), was part of this innovation of the discipline. “Among scholars who have contribute to the comparative studies of comparative bureaucratic systems (..., ) Monroe Berger, Alfred Diamant, Ferrel Heady, Robert Presthus and Michael Crozier” are singled out as particularly noteworthy by Pardeep Sahni and Etakula Vayunandan.[25] Diamant’s grasp of European political cultures and his knowledge of American paradigms made a comparative orientation plausible. Dwight Waldo called his discussion of “The Relevance of Comparative Politics to the Study of Comparative Administration” an excellent methodological contribution.[26] Empirical comparative studies are a thorough approach if one wants to understand the specific traits of Fascist or Stalinist bureaucracy.[27] They could also serve to elucidate the positive and negative traits of French public administration, as a state bureaucracy subjected to dual political control.[28] How did it work, in comparison to U.S. public administration? The focus on France mattered, for another reason, as well. France was practically a sister republic of the U.S., with a long republican and progressive tradition. It was another “common law country.” In his critique of Austrian conservatism, Diamant had “defined … European political Catholicism as a reaction of both clerics and laymen to the challenges of the French Revolution respectively the modern (liberal) state of the 19th century that was based on it. This ‘anti-modernist’ attitude manifests itself on different levels – on the level of ideas, by way of the formation of a distinct ‘Catholic philosophy’ and ‘culture,’ on the socio-economic level by way of the development of a ‘Catholic social doctrine,’ on the political level by way of the organization of Catholic movements and parties.” This is how G. Stimmer sums it up.[29] France was in many ways an antipode of Austria. It was more modern, having been at the forefront of the industrial revolution, on the European continent, together with Belgium. Although Catholic, it was anti-clerical. Conservative forces were not almost constantly overwhelming Republicans. On top of it, it had a long administrative tradition anchored in Republicanism, though older roots of its ‘droit administratif’ (or legal framework pertaining to public administration), in the Royal Council of the ancien régime, existed. Diamant was especially interest in French developments that took place in the course of the first term of President Mitterrand.[30] It is noteworthy, however, that Diamant did not idealize the situation in France. It is true that it was more liberal than Austria had been. It had a strong administrative tradition, and the French republic regulated the civil service by way of a body of laws pertaining to the country’s administration. If we would suppose, however, that in France, administrators can provide some “impetus for major reform,” we are mistaken, as Aberbach et al. have not failed to point out.[31] They quote Diamant who stated flatly, “The French experience would indicate that, in fact, during periods of political indecision, the grand corps do not really govern the country, they simply continue routine operations, maintain the status quo, and protect their own interest.” Diamant obviously regrets that these administrators “could not carry through radical innovations.”[32] Civil servants of the people should after all act efficiently and determinedly, in the interest of the people.

Focus on the ‘Third World’[edit]

As far as “administrative science research” was “focused on developing countries,” it became increasingly comparative in orientation, as H.G. Steiffert noted.[33] Steiffert singles out Alfred Diamant (1962) as well as Robert H. Presthus (1961), K. Henderson (1964), Amitai Etzioni (1967), and Berton H. Kaplan (1968) as the noteworthy theoretical contributors to the debate in the 1960s, while mentioning also the contribution of Edward W. Weidner (in 1970).[34]

In the 1960s, it was above all the Comparative Administration Group (CAG) that was focused on Development Studies, especially after it had received a substantial grant from the Ford Foundation in 1962 that was to facilitate research on “methods for improving public administration in developing countries.” [35] Among the noteworthy members of the CAG, Fred Riggs stands out. He had joined the faculty of the Government Department at Indiana University in 1956.[36] In 1960, “his colleagues elected him chair of the comparative Public Group” (the CAG), a position he held until 1971.[37]

This was the period when “the CAG became a forum for intellectuals attempting to understand in a systematic [way] why administrative practices in non-Western countries diverged so widely from what were thought to be good and universal principles.” [38]

As a member of the Comparative Administration Group, based at Indiana University like Riggs, Diamant applied his insights into the importance of institutional frameworks of social change (frameworks that in themselves were not seen as static but as changeable and subject to change) to Third World Studies. He chose a ‘bureaucratic systems approach’ which Rodman describes as “(l)ess abstract and more obviously relevant” to its chosen purpose than the “input-output system approach” was as a “conceptual framework”.[39] Several publications of Diamant that tackled methodological questions appeared in the 1960s.[40] Schrader called Diamant’s Models of Bureaucracy and Development (Modellbetrachtung der Entwicklungsverwaltung.translated by Hans Jecht and published in German in 1967) “an important, relevant work.”[41]

At least one of Diamant’s studies focused on racism in South Africa at the time. The apartheid regime was confronted by a liberation movement (Nelson Mandela’s African National Congress (ANC)) that was branded as terrorist by various governments. Change was necessary. Racism was unacceptable to Diamant who had suffered fascist racism. The study was supported by a subdivision of the European Commission.[42]

Political science research tied to democratic values: The quest for democratic control[edit]

In their ‘Introduction’ to Chapt.1 of their book on Public Administration, Sahni and Etakula Vayunandan stated, “The rise of the modern welfare state has expanded the scope of public administration. It has widened to the extent that now very few aspects of an individual’s life remain unaffected by public administration. This stands true for all societies, socialist, capitalist, and so on.” They also quote W.B.Donham who said, “If our civilization fails, it will be mainly because of a breakdown of administration.[43] The recognition of the objective necessity of administrating ‘public things’ (in Latin: res publica) does not imply indifference to the question, ‘What sort of administration befits a democratic society?’ And therefore to such related questions as, ‘How can we, the people, make sure that administrative institutions serve us and respond to our needs, rather than vice versa?’ And furthermore, ‘How can we, the people, make sure that administrative institutions adapt to changing needs and arising challenges that society must deal with?’ - Diamant was convinced that if bureaucracies were unavoidable, at least they should not work against us or limit civil rights and the freedom of citizens unnecessarily; on the contrary, they should better our lot. And above all, they should be democratically controlled. How they could be controlled in the best way by the people and its elected servants was a problem that could be handled in a more rational way if empirical evidence of the pros and cons of actually employed models of political oversight was scrutinized in a comparative manner.[44] Apparently, speaking of public institutions, efficiency, coordination, responsibility, oversight and (democratic) political control matter in democratic contexts.

Industrial democracy[edit]

Alfred Diamant also turned to the question of industrial democracy.[45] As always, his observations tended to be cool and objective, when he was discussing it. And yet, his study revealed a critical impetus. The analytic stance and the detachment may have made his critical observations even more effective. Discussing the German model which allowed trade-union representatives to sit on the board of corporations in the name of ‘joint decision-making’ or co-determination (‘Mitbestimmung’), P. Barach and A. Botwinick observed that Diamant provided a “thorough and perceptive study.” Diamant “concluded that the achievements of codetermination «so far are more nearly system-maintaining than system-transforming in character» […].”[46] The words quoted, though carefully phrased and seemingly detached and objective, reveal a certain disappointment.

Diamant’s theoretical emphasis on “political development”[edit]

Diamant hoped for ‘achievements’ or improvements, a ‘bettering’ of that which existed. In his view, change that corresponded to the felt needs of the population was inherently positive. This progressive bend of mind was basically inscribed in his theory of political development. Omar Guerrero sums up Alfred Diamant’s position by pointing out the specific quality that characterizes a process that the latter would describe as ‘political development’: political development is above all “creating conditions, within an institutional framework, that are suitable to the solution of a wide field of social problems.”[47] Guerrero further describes Diamant’s position in this way: “A political system is engaged in a process of development if it can increase its capacity to attain successfully and continually new social goals and the creation of new types of organization.[48] Such political development that leads to new institutional frameworks which allow the population to address social grievances in a new way is currently characteristic of a number of societies in South America. Keith R. Legg termed Diamant’s approach that “view(ed) political development (…) as ‘a generic process of successfully sustaining new demands, goals and organizations in a flexible manner’(…)” “most useful.”[49]

Tradition and innovation[edit]

Diamant’s insight that political institutions, despite their relative inertia, are not static but caught between the force of their ‘traditions’ and pressures for ‘innovation,’ and that for this very reason they reveal both their quality as ‘historical result’ (Resultatcharakter) and as a ‘historical process’ (Prozesscharakter) is perhaps the most significant feature of his critical approach that “modified” Max Weber’s comprehension of bureaucracies in contemporary society.[50] This insight is at the root of his careful arguments in favor of improvement, innovation and development.

A strong belief in social justice[edit]

Easily applied labels are not helpful in describing the human (rather than narrowly political) stand that Alfred Diamant was taking, both as citizen and as political scientist. Norman Furniss, a retired professor at Indiana University and a person who knew Alfred Diamant well, writes, that what was characteristic of him was “a belief that our country and our world can be more just and more decent” than they actually are.[51] In this respect, he was very much like his wife, Ann, a feminist who had “a strong belief in social justice.”[52]

Diamant died in Bloomington, aged 94.

Major scholarly publications (A selection)[edit]

Book publications[edit]

  • Diamant, Alfred. Austrian Catholics and the First Republic. Democracy, Capitalism and the Social Order, 1918-1934. Princeton, N.J. (Princeton University Press) 1960
  • Diamant, Alfred. L’cattolici austriaci e la prima Repubblica, 1918-1934. Transl. by D. Fogu and A. Pozzan. Roma (Edizioni 5 Lune) 1964
  • Diamant, Alfred. Die österreichischen Katholiken und die Erste Republik. Vienna [Austria] (Verlag der Wiener Volksbuchhandlung) 1960
  • Diamant, Alfred. Political Development: Approaches to Theory and Strategy. Washington,D.C.; Bloomington, Ind. (American Society for Public Administration / International Development Research Center, Indiana University) 1963
  • Diamant, Alfred. Buraucracy in Developmental Movement Regimes: A Bureaucratic Model for Developing Societies. Bloomington, Ind. (CAG; American Society for Public Administration / International Development Research Center, Indiana University) 1964
  • Diamant, Alfred. Race Attitudes in South Africa. Historical, experimental and psychological studies. Brussels (Commission of the European Communities) 1965
  • Diamant, Alfred. The Temporal Dimension in Models of Administration and Organization. Bloomington, Ind. (American Society for Public Administration) 1966
  • Diamant, Alfred. European Models of Bureaucracy and Development (Comparative Administration Group; Occasional papers.) Bloomington, Ind. (Haverford College) 1966
  • Diamant, Alfred, Modellbetrachtung der Entwicklungsverwaltung. (Transl by Hans Jecht). Baden-Baden (Nomos Verlagsgesellschaft) 1967 (= Politik und Verwaltung, 4)
  • Diamant, Alfred. Democracy in Western Europe, n.p.(American Political Science Association) 1982, microfiche

Scholarly articles published in books and journals (A selection)[edit]

  • Alfred Diamant, "The French Administrative System," in: William J. Siffin, ed., Toward The Comparative Study of Public Administrations. Bloomington (Indiana University, Dept. of Government) 1957
  • Diamant, Alfred. “A Case Study of Administrative Autonomy: Controls and Tensions in French Administration”, in: Political Studies, vol. 6, no.2, June 1958, pp. 147–166
  • Diamant, Alfred. The Bureaucratic Model: Max Weber Rejected, Rediscovered, Reformed, in: Ferrel Heady, Sybil L. Stokes (eds.), Papers in Comparative Public Administration. Ann Arbor, Mich. (Institute of Public Administration) 1962 [Also in: Papers in Comparative Public Administrative Sciences (American Political Science Association), No. 1, 1962, pp. 59–96]
  • Diamant, Alfred, “The Temporal Dimension in Models of Administration and Organization,” CAG (= Comparative Administration Group) Occasional Papers, Bloomington, Indiana (April 1966)
  • Diamant, Alfred, "The Nature of Political Development," in: Jason L. Finkle and Richard W. Gable (eds.), Political Development and Social Change. New York (Wiley ) 1966 (2nd ed. 1971)
  • Diamant, Alfred, "Political Development: Approaches to Theory and Strategy," in: John D. Montgomery and William J. Siffin, Approaches to Development: Politics, Administration and Change, New York (McGraw-Hill) 1966, pp. 15–48
  • Diamant, Alfred, “Innovation in Bureaucratic Institutions,” in: Public Administration Review, Vol. XXVII, No. 1, March 1967, pp. 77–87
  • Diamant, Alfred. “Tradition and Innovation in French Administration”, in: Comparative Political Studies, 1 (1968), pp. 251–274
  • Alfred Diamant, 'Bureaucracy in Development Movement Regimes', in: Fred W. Riggs (ed.), Frontiers of Development Administration. Durham, NC (Duke U.Press) 1970
  • Diamant, Alfred. European Bureaucratic Elites: Rising or Declining? in: History of European Ideas, vol. 11 no.1, Jan. 1989, pp. 545–558
  • Diamant, Alfred. “First Principles Preparatory to Constitutional Code”, in: History of European Ideas, vol.12, no. 5, Jan. 1990, pp. 694–695
  • Diamant, Alfred. “Comparative Politics: The Myth of the Eternal Return”, in: PS: Political Science and Politics, vol. 23, no. 4, Dec. 1990, pp. 598–600
  • Diamant, Alfred. From ‘Holocaust’ to ‘Rational Choice’: Generational Change in Political Science”, in: Perspectives on Political Science, vol.24, no.3, June 1995, pp. 147–150

Book Reviews (A selection)[edit]

  • Alfred Diamant. “Bureaucracy and Public Policy in Neocorporatist Settings - Some European Lessons: […]”, in: Comparative Politics, vol. 14, no. 1, Oct. 1981, pp. 101–124
  • Alfred Diamant. “[Review of] Small States in World Markets: Industrial Policy in Europe [by Peter J. Katzenstein, Ithaca (Cornell University Press) 1993]”, in: The American Political Science Review, vol. 80, no. 3 September 1986, pp. 1049–1050
  • Alfred Diamant. “[Review of] Parteien in der Krise? In- und auslaendische Perspektiven [ed. by Peter Haungs; Eckhard Jesse (collab.). Cologne (Verlag Wissenschaft und Politik) 1987]“, in: German Studies Review, vol. 11, no. 3, Oct.1988, pp. 538–539
  • Alfred Diamant.“[Review of] Krisenzonen einer Demokratie: Gewalt, Streik und Konfliktunterdrueckung in Oesterreich seit 1918 [by Gerhard Botz. Frankfurt (Campus-Verlag) 1987] ”, in: German Studies Review, vol. 12, no. 2, May 1989, pp. 393–394
  • Alfred Diamant. “[Review of] Coca Colonization und Kalter Krieg: Die Kulturmission der USA in Oesterreich nach dem Zweiten Weltkrieg [by Reinhold Wagnleitner, Vienna (Verlag fuer Gesellschaftskritik) 1991]”, in: The American Historical Review, vol. 97, no. 3, June 1992, pp. 959–960
  • Alfred Diamant. “[Review of] Red Vienna: Experiment in Working Class Culture 1919-1934 [by Helmut Gruber. New York (Oxford University Press) 1991]“, in: The American Historical Review, vol. 98, no. 1, Feb.1993, pp. 201–202
  • Alfred Diamant. “There is Nobody Here But Us Marginals: Mattei Dogan and Robert Pahre, Creative Marginality: Innovation at the Intersection of the Social Sciences”, in: Journal of Policy History, vol. 5, no.2, April 1993, pp. 285–290 [review of: Mattei Dogan and Robert Pahre. Creative Marginality: Innovation at the Intersection of the Social Sciences (Boulder, Colo.: Westview Press, 1990]


  1. ^ Robert Cecil Cook (ed.), Who's who in American education: a biographical dictionary of eminent living educators of the United States, Volume 23, Part 1. Hattiesburg, Miss.(Who's Who in American Education) 1968, p.204
  2. ^ See: Phyllis Ann Kaplan, Standard Education Almanac. Chicago (Marquis Academic Media) 1980, p.645.
  3. ^ See: Peter Alexis Gourevitch, “The State of West European Studies,” Washington Quarterly , Vol. 2, issue 4 , 1979, pp. 119ff. - The Council for European Studies provided grants to young academics focused on European Studies. The money came from the German Marshall Fund, the Friedrich Ebert Foundation etc.
  4. ^ Editorial note, in: PS. Political Science and Politics, Vol. 23, No. 4 (Dec. 1990), p. 600.
  5. ^ Jeffrey C.Isaac, Norman Furniss: Professor of Political Science, Bloomington, Ind. (Indiana University) (internal university paper) n.d.; also published online.
  6. ^ Cf. John D.Martz, “Party Elites and Leadership in Colombia and Venezuela”, in: Journal of Latin America Studies, Vol. 24, No.1, Feb. 1992, p.87. The scope and significance of Diamant’s studies and thus his scientific contribution transcended, however, research focused on parties.
  7. ^ David Brian Robertson, The Constitution and America’s Destiny, Cambridge UK (Cambridge University Press) 2005, p.XVII.
  8. ^ Kurt Van der Dussen, “Diamant still carries reminder of D-Day,” in: The Herald Times (Bloomington), June 7, 2004.
  9. ^ World’s Apart, World’s United. A European-American Story. The Memoirs of Ann & Alfred Diamant, ed. by Alice Diamant. Bloomington, Ind. (Authorhouse) 2010.
  10. ^ Alfred Diamant. Prototypes of Austro-German Fascism. Bloomington, Ind. ( (Indiana University) 1948. M.A. thesis.
  11. ^ C.J. Wrigley is one of the many authors writing about this phase of Austrian history who quote Diamant. Wrigley says that “it was the Catholic Centre Party under Dollfuss that replaced parliamentary democracy with the corporate state. (…) (A)s Diamant has written, ‘Catholic politicians simply picked out whatever seemed the most effective anti-republican and anti-democratic argument (…)’. Dollfuss himself loathed ‘Red Vienna’ and could draw on Austrian Catholic political traditions. In 1933 he made his aim explicit, “(…) We demand a social, Christian, German Austria on a corporate basis and under strong authoritarian leadership.’ (…)” – C.J. Wrigley. ‘Counter-revolution and the ‘failure’ of revolution in interwar-Europe”, in: David Parker (ed.), Revolutions and the Revolutionary Tradition in the West, 1560-1991. New York (Routledge) 2000, pp177f. See also: Alfred Diamant, Austrian Catholics and the First Republic. Democracy, Capitalism and the Social Order, 1918-1934. Princeton, N.J. (Princeton University Press) 1960; A. Diamant, Austrian Catholics and the Social Question, 1918-1933. Gainesville (University of Florida Press) 1959 [Monographs. Social Sciences, No. 2]; A. Diamant, “[Book review of] Reinhard Knoll, Zur Tradition der christsozialen Partei. Ihre Früh- und Entwicklungsgeschichte bis zu den Reichsratswahlen von 1907 [On the Tradition of the Christian Social Party. Its Early History and Development up to the 1907 election of the Reichsrat/Council of the Empire] [and review of] Gerhard Silberbauer, Österreichs Katholiken und die Arbeiterfrage [Austria’s Catholics and the Workers’ Question]”, in: Austrian History Yearbook, vol. 11, Jan. 1975.
  12. ^ See: Alfred Diamant, “[Review of] The German Social Democratic Party, 1914-1921 [by A. Joseph Berlau, New York 1949]”, in: The Western Political Quarterly, vol. 3, no. 4, Dec. 1950, pp. 638-639; A. Diamant, Alfred. “[review of] The Transformation of Austrian Socialism. By Kurt L. Shell”, in: The Journal of Politics, vol. 24, no. 4, Nov. 1962.
  13. ^ See: “Comparative Politics: The Myth of the Eternal Return”, in: PS: Political Science and Politics, , vol. 23, no. 4, Dec. 1990, pp. 598-600
  14. ^ At a time when the witchhunt of McCarthy was under way, Diamant wrote that the book by Davis was “clearly a ‘tract for the times’ (…) In this book, Davis has set himself the task of recording the methods by which, since the seventeenth century, the ‘powers that be’ (…) have attempted to subdue racial, social, religious, economic, or other ‘undesirable’ groups (…) by impugning their motives and by assassinating their character.” See: Alfred Diamant.“[Review of] Character Assassination” [by Jerome Davis, Introd. by Robert Maynard Hutchins. New York (Philosophical Library) 1950] in The Western Political Quarterly, vol. 4, no. 1, March 1951, pp. 172f. – At the time, the HUAC “published names of organizations it deemed subversive (…)”. See Howard D. Mehlinger. The Best That I Can Recall. Bloomington (authors house) 2009. Diamant found the “partisan attacks” in “recent years” especially objectionable when they had been “given scientific trappings.”
  15. ^ William C. Havard; Alfred Diamant, “The Need for Local Government Reform in the United States”, in: The Western Political Quarterly, vol. 9, no. 4, Dec. 1956, pp. 967-995.
  16. ^ See: Wallace T. MacCaffrey / Alfred Diamant / Marcel M. Gutwirth, “Right of Dissent,” in: The New York Times, Nov. 17, 1965.
  17. ^ Richard Joseph Stillman II, Public Administration: Concepts and Cases. Boston (Wadsworth) 2010, p76.
  18. ^ Dwight Waldo, “Comparative Public Administration: Prologue, Performance, Problems, and Promise”, in: Eric E. Otenyo and Nancy S. Lind (eds.), Corporate Public Administration: The Essential Readings. Amsterdam; Oxford; San Diego (Elsevier) 2006, pp.129-170. The quotation is from p.148.
  19. ^ See: Ralph Braibanti (ed.), Political and Administrative Development. Durham NC (Duke University Press) 1969, p.171.
  20. ^ Ezra N. Suleiman, Dismantling Democratic States. Princeton NJ (Princeton University Press) 2005, p.19.
  21. ^ Accordingly he could only comprehend administrative institutions as basically undemocratic. As Julien Freund summed up Max Weber’s concept of bureaucracy, it is “the most typical example of legal domination” (of the people by the government). See: Raymond Aron, Main Currents of Sociological Thought, Vol. 2: Durkheim, Pareto, Weber. New York (Transaction Publishers) 1999, 3rd printing 2009, p.341.- See also: Julien Freund, The Sociology of Max Weber, trans. Mary Ilford (New York: Pantheon Books, Inc., 1968
  22. ^ Alan Arian, “Empathy and Ideology: Aspects of Administrative Innovation,” in: Charles Press and Alan Arian (eds.), Empathy and Ideology: Aspects of Administrative Innovation. Chicago (Rand McNally) 1966, p.92. - See also Ramesh Kumar Arora who notes that “Weber was not unmindful of the limitations of bureaucratic rationality in practice. This became evident in his analysis of the dysfunctions of Prussian bureaucracy under Bismarck (…)”Ramesh Kumar Arora, Administrative Theory. (Indian Institute of Public Administration) 1984, p.XVIII.
  23. ^ Alan Arian, ibidem, p.89.
  24. ^ Robert H. Jackson, “An Analysis of the Comparative Public Administration Movement,” in: Canadian Public Administration, Vol.9, No.1, March 1966, p.108. – Cf. also: Dwight Waldo, “Thirtieth Anniversary Symposium: Political Science Advance of the Discipline: Public Administration,” in: The Journal of Politics, Vol. 30, Issue 2 (May 1968), pp. 443-479.
  25. ^ Pardeep Sahni and Etakula Vayunandan, Administrative Theory Administrative Theory New Delhi, India (PHI Learning), 2010, p.62
  26. ^ Cf. Alfred Diamant, "The Relevance of Comparative Politics to the Study of Comparative Administration," Administrative Science Quarterly, 5 (June, 1960), pp. 87-112. - The article “is an excellent discussion of various methodological questions”, according to Dwight Waldo. “Centrally, it is a comparison of ‘General Systems’ and ‘Political Cultures’ models.” (Dwight Waldo, “Comparative Public Administration: Prologue, Performance, Problems, and Promise”, in: Eric E. Otenyo and Nancy S. Lind (eds.), Corporate Public Administration: The Essential Readings. Amsterdam; Oxford; San Diego (Elsevier) 2006, p. 166) – Other articles that emphasize a comparative approach are: A. Diamant, “Bureaucracy and Administration in Western Europe: A Case of Not So Benign Neglect”, in: Policy Studies Journal, vol.1, no.3, March 1973, pp. 133-138; A. Diamant, European Bureaucratic Elites: Rising or Declining? in: History of European Ideas, vol. 11 no.1, Jan. 1989, pp. 545-558.
  27. ^ Alfred Diamant. “[Review of] Bolshevism. An Introduction to Soviet Communism. By Waldemar Gurian”, in: Political Research Quarterly, vol. 6, no. 2, 1953, pp. 368-369.
  28. ^ Alfred Diamant, “The Department: The Prefect, and Dual Supervision in French Administration: A Comparative Study”, in: The Journal of Politics, vol. 16, no. 3, Aug. 1954, pp. 472-490.
  29. ^ Gernot Stimmer, Eliten in Oesterreich 1848-1970. Vienna (Boehlau) 1997, p.746.
  30. ^ See: Alfred Diamant. “French Field Administration Revisited: The Beginnings of the Mitterrand Reforms”, in: Robert T. Golembiewski, Aaron Wildavsky (eds.), The Costs of Federalism: in honor of James W. Fesler, New Brunswick, N. J. (Transaction Books) 1984; pp. 143-164.
  31. ^ Joel D.Aberbach, Robert D.Putnam, Bert A. Rockman, Bureaucrats and Politicians in Western Democracies. Cambridge MA (Harvard University Press) 1981, p.16.
  32. ^ Alfred Diamant, quoted by Joel D. Aberbach et al., ibidem, p.16.
  33. ^ Hans-Georg Steiffert, “Forschungsansätze zu ‘Verwaltung und politische Entwicklung’ (Research Approaches concerning Administration and Political Development)”, in: Dieter Oberdoerfer (ed.), Verwaltung und Politik in der Dritten Welt. Problemskizzen, Fallstudien, Bibliographie. Berlin (Duncker & Humblot) 1981, pp.30f.
  34. ^ Steiffert, ibidem, p.29f.
  35. ^ Howard E. McCurdy, “Fred W. Riggs: Contributions to the Study of Comparative Public Administration” .
  36. ^ In 1957-58, Riggs did field work in Thailand. He taught in the Philippines in 1958-59. See: Howard E. McCurdy, ibidem.
  37. ^ Howard E. McCurdy, ibidem.
  38. ^ Howard E. McCurdy, ibidem.
  39. ^ Peter W . Rodman, “Development Administration: Obstacles, Theories and Implications for Planning.(II EP; occasional papers no.2), Paris (Unesco : International Institute for Educational Planning) n.d., p.21. Also online:
  40. ^ See Alfred Diamant, Buraucracy in Developmental Movement Regimes: A Bureaucratic Model for Developing Societies. Bloomington, Ind. (CAG Occasional papers; American Society for Public Administration / International Development Research Center, Indiana University) 1964. Other contributions touching on this topic include: A. Diamant, “Is There A Non-Western Political Process? Comments on Lucian W. Pye’s ‘The Non-Western Political Process’”, in: The Journal of Politics, vol. 21, no. 1, Feb., 1959, pp. 123-127 and A. Diamant, Modellbetrachtung der Entwicklungsverwaltung. (Transl by Hans Jecht). Baden-Baden (Nomos) 1967.
  41. ^ In German: “eine wichtige einschlägige Arbeit.” Reinhard Schrader, “Vergleich der Gesamtsysteme von Wirtschafts- und Staatsordnung,” in: Jahrbuch fuer Sozialwissenschaft, Vol. 19, No. 3 (1998).
  42. ^ See: Alfred Diamant, Race Attitudes in South Africa. Historical, experimental and psychological studies. Brussels (Commission of the European Communities) 1965.
  43. ^ See: Pardeep Sahni and Etakula Vayunandan, ibidem.– Both authors are professors at Indira Gandhi National Open University, Faculty of Public Administration in New Delhi.
  44. ^ See: Alfred Diamant, “The French Council of State: Comparative Observations on the Problem of Controlling the Bureaucracy of the Modern State”, in: The Journal of Politics, vol. 13, no. 4, Nov. 1951, pp. 562ff. (passim).
  45. ^ An analytical contribution to the debate that he made in 1982, Industrial Democracy in Western Europe, n.p.( American Political Science Association) 1982, did not appear in book form,though, but only as microfiche.
  46. ^ Peter Bachrach and Aryeh Botwinick, Power and Empowerment. A Radical Theory of Participatory Democracy. Philadelphia (Temple University Press) 1992,p.78.
  47. ^ Guerrero, El Estado en la era de la modernización. Ciudad México (Plaza y Valdes Editores) 1992, p.40 - Guerrero refers above all to: Diamant, Alfred. Political Development: Approaches to Theory and Strategy. Washington,D.C.; Bloomington, Ind. (American Society for Public Administration / International Development Research Center, Indiana University) 1963.
  48. ^ “Una sistema política está en proceso de desarrollo cuando puede incrementar su capacidad para lograr exitosa y continuamente nuevos tipos de metas sociales y la creacción de nuevos tipos de organización.” - Omar Guerrero, ibidem, p.42.
  49. ^ Keith R. Legg, Politics in Modern Greece. Stanford CA (Stanford University Press) 1969, p.2.
  50. ^ The distinction between ‘Resultatcharakter’ and ‘Prozesscharakter’ can of course be traced back to the Grundrisse of Marx (to whom even his critic Weber was indebted).
  51. ^ Norm Furniss, quoted in: World’s Apart, World’s United. A European-American Story. The Memoirs of Ann & Alfred Diamant, ed. by Alice Diamant. Bloomington, Ind. (Authorhouse) 2010, back cover.
  52. ^ Iris Kiesling, quoted in: Alice Diamant (ed.), ibidem, back cover.

External links[edit]

  • Wallace T. MacCaffrey / Alfred Diamant / Marcel M. Gutwirth, “Right of Dissent,” in: The New York Times, Nov. 17, 1965 [1]
  • Alfred Diamant, “Unwarranted Criticism of Japan,” in: The New York Times, May 1, 1994 [2]
  • Indiana University News Room [3]
  • Veterans History Project. Alfred Diamant Collection [4]
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