Date of Award


Degree Type

Bachelors Essay

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (BA)


Social and Cultural Sciences


One hundred years ago, the township was the unit of government in this country. At its meetings, opinions were formed through neighborly discussion. Rapid grouth in population brought with it greater and greater complexity in form of government. The theory of democracy, identifying the functioning of government with the will of the people remained, however. Politicians were prone to refer to the wisdom of the people as though it were that of one person and to the wills of the people as though they formed one will. This is spite of the fact that centers of government were often at a distance where the actual work was done by unseen powers--politicians, office holders and influential men.


A Thesis Submitted to Fulfill the Requirements for the Degree of Bachelor of Philosophy