Frederick W. Frey

  • Survey Research on Comparative Social Change

    A Bibliography

    Frederick W. Frey, Peter Stephenson, and Katherine Archer Smith

    This bibliography contains approximately 1600 original annotations of articles in English-language journals reporting the results of sample survey research in developing countries and cross-national research in developing countries, dealing with the general topic of social change.

    All issues of approximately 260 English-language journals were searched. The annotations attempt to describe fully the methodology employed by the author of the article. A brief statement of the substantive findings is also included.

    The items are organized first by geographic area [Africa, Asia (East Asia, South Asia, Southeast Asia), Caribbean, Europe, Latin America, Middle East, North America, Oceana, Multiple (Regions)] and under each area by substantive topics. Major substantive topic headings include group and interpersonal relations; cognition, personality and behavior; family, child rearing, role of women; social change, communications, and education; political institutions, attitudes, and behavior; economic behavior and institutions; methodology of survey research. Each of the major topical headings is broken down into numerous subtopical headings.

    The bibliography was organized, formatted, and printed by computer with the use of information-handling subsystems developed by the Technical Information Program (TIP) at M.I.T.

    It is the only comprehensive bibliography bringing together annotated descriptions of articles reporting such research. It is useful both to those seeking reports of research on particular social science topics. The research reported in this bibliography is confined to those studies using survey research as the research tool.

    The bibliography is potentially useful to: all social scientists interested in developing areas, including political scientists, economists, sociologists, anthropologists, historians, psychologists; social scientists interested in survey research and cross-national survey research as a research tool; foreign area and country specialists in each of the areas and countries covered in the bibliography.

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  • The Turkish Political Elite

    Frederick W. Frey

    In the momentous four decades after 1920, Turkey followed a near-classic political course. She experienced a nationalist revolution against Great Power interference. Ensuring her independence by force of arms, she moved into a benevolent dictatorship under a tutelary single-party regime, headed by a great charismatic leader. Many important reforms were quickly accomplished, setting a pattern that other developing nations have frequently tried to repeat.

    After World War II, Turkey passed peacefully, voluntarily, and uniquely from a single- to a multi-party system. There followed a few favorable years of effective multi-party operations that all too soon degenerated into bitter partisan strife, a return toward single-party control, and, finally, a decisive military coup d'état. Thus, in these critical years of the First Turkish Republic, the Turks encountered many of the vital political problems confronting the developing nations today. Turkey proceeded further down the path of political development than most other emerging nations. Consequently, her course is of particular significance.

    This book is an investigation of the social backgrounds of all 2,210 deputies to the Turkish national legislature, the Grand National Assembly, from the founding of that body in 1920 through 1957, with extended coverage along certain main dimensions down to 1960, the end of the First Republic. Hence, the book covers a diverse epoch in Turkey's modern history.

    The investigation traces the relationships between these historic happenings and the recruitment to top-level political personnel. How “modernization” affected the composition of the political elite, the dramatic rise of the lawyer as the system was formally democratized, the spread of “localism” that attended increased competition for votes, patterns in the routes by which groups made their way to the pinnacle of power, how the body of deputies mirrored Turkish society—these and similar topics comprise the main subjects of inquiry.

    The treatment is both quantitative and qualitative—a search for accurate measures and analytic meaning. Though the data and the setting are Turkish, there is a constant concern for the broader theoretical implications of the social background findings. It should also be noted that this impressive contribution to scholarship is very well written. It belongs in the library of every political scientist, sociologist, modern historian, and area specialist interested in the Near East.

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