Key, V O, Jr.


Key, V O, Jr.

▪ American political scientist
born March 13, 1908, Austin, Texas, U.S.
died Oct. 4, 1963, Cambridge, Mass.

      U.S. political scientist known for his studies of the U.S. political process and for his contributions to the development of a more empirical and behavioral political science.

      Educated at the University of Texas (B.A., 1929; M.A., 1930) and the University of Chicago (Ph.D., 1934), Key joined the faculty of the University of California at Los Angeles. In 1936–38 he served with the Social Science Research Council and the National Resources Planning Board. He taught at Johns Hopkins University (1938–49) with interruptions for government service with the Bureau of the Budget during World War II. He taught at Yale in 1949–51 and at Harvard University from 1951 until his death.

      In 1942 Key published Politics, Parties, and Pressure Groups, in which he analyzed the part played by organized interests in the political process. His Southern Politics in State and Nation (1949) pioneered in the use of quantitative techniques and was a classic in regional political studies. In Public Opinion and American Democracy (1961) he analyzed the link between the changing patterns of public opinion and the governmental system. He was vigorous in opposing the idea that voters' preferences are socially determined, and in his posthumous work, The Responsible Electorate: Rationality in Presidential Voting 1936–60 (1966), he analyzed public opinion data and electoral returns to show what he believed to be the rationality of voters' choices. Other works by Key include The Techniques of Political Graft in the United States (1936), A Primer of Statistics for Political Scientists (1954), and American State Politics: An Introduction (1956). He served as president of the American Political Science Association in 1958–59.

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