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Shapiro, Ian

Works: 103 works in 623 publications in 6 languages and 36,171 library holdings
Genres: History  Conference papers and proceedings  Sources  Constitution  Controversial literature  Portraits 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other, Author of introduction, win, Translator, Honoree
Classifications: JC153, 320.1
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Publications about Ian Shapiro
Publications by Ian Shapiro
Most widely held works by Ian Shapiro
Death by a thousand cuts : the fight over taxing inherited wealth by Michael J Graetz( Book )
20 editions published between 2005 and 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 888 libraries worldwide
How is it that the estate tax, which has been on the books continuously since 1916 and is paid by only the wealthiest two percent of Americans, was repealed in 2001 with broad bipartisan support? The mystery is all the more striking because the repeal was not done in the dead of night, like a Congressional pay raise. It came at the end of a multi-year populist campaign launched by a few individuals, and was heralded by its supporters as a signal achievement for Americans who are committed to the work ethic and the American Dream. Graetz and Shapiro conducted wide-ranging interviews with the relevant players: congressmen, senators, staffers from the key committees and the Bush White House, civil servants, think tank and interest group representatives, and many others. The result is a unique portrait of American politics as viewed through the lens of the death tax repeal saga. Graetz and Shapiro brilliantly illuminate the repeal campaign's many fascinating and unexpected turns--particularly the odd end result whereby the repeal is slated to self-destruct a decade after its passage. They show that the stakes in this fight are exceedingly high; the very survival of the longstanding American consensus on progressive taxation is being threatened
Pathologies of rational choice theory : a critique of applications in political science by Donald P Green( Book )
20 editions published between 1993 and 1996 in English and Undetermined and held by 784 libraries worldwide
This is the first comprehensive critical evaluation of the use of rational choice explanations in political science. Writing in an accessible and nontechnical style, Donald P. Green and Ian Shapiro assess rational choice theory where it is reputed to be most successful: the study of collective action, the behavior of political parties and politicians, and such phenomena as voting cycles and Prisoner's Dilemmas. In their hard-hitting critique, Green and Shapiro demonstrate that the much-heralded achievements of rational choice theory are in fact deeply suspect and that fundamental rethinking is needed if rational choice theorists are to contribute to the understanding of politics. Green and Shapiro show that empirical tests of rational choice theories are marred by a series of methodological defects. These defects flow from the characteristic rational choice impulse to defend universal theories of politics. As a result, many tests are so poorly conducted as to be irrelevant to evaluating rational choice models. Tests that are properly conducted either tend to undermine rational choice theories or to lend support for propositions that are banal. Green and Shapiro offer numerous suggestions as to how rational choice propositions might be reformulated as parts of testable hypotheses for the study of politics. In a final chapter they anticipate and respond to a variety of rational choice counterarguments, thereby initiating a dialogue that is bound to continue for some time
The evolution of rights in liberal theory by Ian Shapiro( Book )
13 editions published between 1986 and 2008 in English and held by 777 libraries worldwide
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The moral foundations of politics by Ian Shapiro( Book )
32 editions published between 2002 and 2012 in 3 languages and held by 745 libraries worldwide
"When do governments merit our allegiance, and when should they be denied it? Ian Shapiro explores this most enduring of political dilemmas in this innovative and engaging book. Building on his highly popular Yale courses, Professor Shapiro evaluates the main contending accounts of the sources of political legitimacy. Starting with theorists of the Enlightenment, he examines the arguments put forward by utilitarians, Marxists, and theorists of the social contract. Next he turns to the anti-Enlightenment tradition that stretches from Edmund Burke to contemporary post-modernists. In the last part of the book Shapiro examines partisans and critics of democracy from Plato{u2019}s time until our own. He concludes with an assessment of democracy{u2019}s strengths and limitations as the font of political legitimacy. The book offers a lucid and accessible introduction to urgent ongoing conversations about the sources of political allegiance." -- Publisher's description
Democratic justice by Ian Shapiro( Book )
16 editions published between 1994 and 2001 in English and held by 671 libraries worldwide
"Democracy and justice are often mutually antagonistic ideas, but in this innovative book Ian Shapiro shows how and why they should be pursued together. Justice must be sought democratically if it is to garner legitimacy in the modern world, he claims, and democracy must be justice-promoting if it is to sustain allegiance over time. Democratic Justice meets these criteria, offering an attractive vision of a practical path to a better future."--Jacket
Containment : rebuilding a strategy against global terror by Ian Shapiro( Book )
18 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and Undetermined and held by 667 libraries worldwide
Shapiro shows that the idea of containment offers the best hope for protecting Americans and their democracy into the future. His bold vision for American security in the post-September 11 world is reminiscent of George Kennan's historic 'Long Telegram', in which the containment strategy that won the Cold War was developed
The state of democratic theory by Ian Shapiro( Book )
37 editions published between 2003 and 2010 in 5 languages and held by 639 libraries worldwide
What should we expect from democracy, and how likely is it that democracies will live up to those expectations? In The State of Democratic Theory, Ian Shapiro offers a critical assessment of contemporary answers to these questions, lays out his distinctive alternative, and explores its implications for policy and political action. Some accounts of democracy's purposes focus on aggregating preferences; others deal with collective deliberation in search of the common good. Shapiro reveals the shortcomings of both, arguing instead that democracy should be geared toward minimizing domination throug
Ethnicity and group rights by American Society for Political and Legal Philosophy( Book )
14 editions published between 1977 and 1997 in English and held by 600 libraries worldwide
Within Western political philosophy, the rights of groups have often been neglected or addressed in only the narrowest fashion. Focusing solely on whether rights are exercised by individuals or groups misses what lies at the heart of ethnocultural conflict, leaving central questions unanswered: Can the familiar system of common citizenship rights within liberal democracies sufficiently accommodate the legitimate interests of "ethnic" citizens? How does membership in an ethnic group differ from other groups, such as professional, lifestyle, or advocacy groups? How important is ethnicity to personal identity and self-respect, and does accommodating these interests require more than standard citizenship rights? Perhaps most important, what forms of ethnocultural accommodations are consistent with democratic equality, individual freedom, and political stability?
Designing democratic institutions ( Book )
18 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 524 libraries worldwide
The flight from reality in the human sciences by Ian Shapiro( Book )
20 editions published between 2005 and 2008 in 3 languages and held by 493 libraries worldwide
"In the method-driven academic culture we inhabit, argues Shapiro, researchers too often make display and refinement of their techniques the principal scholarly activity. The result is that they lose sight of the objects of their study. Pet theories and methodological blinders lead unwelcome facts to be ignored, sometimes not even perceived. The targets of Shapiro's critique include the law and economics movement, overzealous formal and statistical modeling, various reductive theories of human behavior, misguided conceptual analysis in political theory, and the Cambridge school of intellectual history. As an alternative to all of these, Shapiro makes a compelling case for problem-driven social research, rooted in a realist philosophy of science and an antireductionist view of social explanation. In the lucid--if biting--prose for which Shapiro is renowned, he explains why this requires greater critical attention to how problems are specified than is usually undertaken. He illustrates what is at stake for the study of power, democracy, law, and ideology, as well as in normative debates over rights, justice, freedom, virtue, and community. Shapiro answers many critics of his views along the way, securing his position as one of the distinctive social and political theorists of our time."--Publisher's description
Political order ( Book )
13 editions published between 1993 and 1996 in English and held by 477 libraries worldwide
What is required to create and sustain a political order is debated as intensively today as it has ever been. Constitutions are being written and rewritten in many parts of the world, a great many possibilities are being explored, and much that matters deeply to millions of people hangs on the results. In the eighteen chapters, all previously unpublished, that make up the present volume, major scholars address some of the most pressing questions about political order. Under what conditions do we get political order rather than political chaos? How is political order sustained once it has been created? Do constitutions and electoral systems matter, and if so how much? Is there one best type of political order, or, if not, what is the range of viable possibilities and how should they be evaluated?
Theory and practice ( Book )
9 editions published between 1995 and 1996 in English and held by 457 libraries worldwide
What are the relations between philosophical theories and everyday life? This question, as old as it is profound, is the central focus of Theory and Practice. The authors include some of the most influential thinkers of our generation, among them Cass Sunstein, Jean Bethke Elshtain, Martha Nussbaum, Jeremy Waldron, and Kent Greenawalt. In sixteen chapters--all published here for the first time--the authors examine major attempts to reconcile theory with practice in the Western tradition, from Herodotus, Plato, and Aristotle to Kant and Heidegger, and examine contemporary efforts to grapple with this problem
Political criticism by Ian Shapiro( Book )
16 editions published between 1990 and 1992 in English and Undetermined and held by 452 libraries worldwide
The real world of democratic theory by Ian Shapiro( Book )
21 editions published between 2010 and 2012 in 4 languages and held by 446 libraries worldwide
"Tracing modern democracy's roots to John Locke and the American founders, Shapiro shows that they saw more deeply into the dynamics of democratic politics than have many of their successors. Drawing on Lockean and Madisonian insights, Shapiro evaluates democracy's changing global fortunes over the past two decades. He also shows how elusive democracy can be by exploring the contrast between its successful establishment in South Africa and its failures elsewhere--particularly the Middle East. Shapiro spells out the implications of his account for long-standing debates about public opinion, judicial review, abortion, and inherited wealth--as well as more recent preoccupations with globalization, national security, and international terrorism." --From the Publisher
The democracy sourcebook by Robert A Dahl( Book )
19 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 338 libraries worldwide
This sourcebook offers a collection of classic writings and contemporary scholarship on democracy, creating a book that can be used by undergraduate and graduate students in a wide variety of courses
The federalist papers by James Madison( Book )
13 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 304 libraries worldwide
From the Publisher: Originally published anonymously, The Federalist Papers first appeared in 1787 as a series of letters to New York newspapers exhorting voters to ratify the proposed Constitution of the United States. Still hotly debated, and open to often controversial interpretations, the arguments first presented here by three of America's greatest patriots and political theorists were created during a critical moment in our nation's history, providing readers with a running ideological commentary on the crucial issues facing democracy. Today The Federalist Papers are as important and vital a rallying cry for freedom as ever. This edition features the original eighteenth-century text, with James Madison's fascinating marginal notations, as well as a complete text of the Constitution
Political contingency : studying the unexpected, the accidental, and the unforeseen by Ian Shapiro( Book )
18 editions published between 2007 and 2009 in English and held by 288 libraries worldwide
Introduction: Contingency's challenge to political science / Ian Shapiro and Sonu Bedi -- From fortune to feedback : contingency and the birth of modern political science / David Wootton -- Mapping contingency / Andreas Schedler -- Resilience as the explanandum of social theory / Philip Pettit -- Events as causes : the case of American politics / David R. Mayhew -- Contingent public policies and racial hierarchy : lessons from immigration and census policies / Jennifer Hochschild and Traci Burch -- Region, contingency, and democratization / Susan Stokes -- Contingency, politics, and the nature of inquiry : why non-events matter / Gregory A. Huber -- Modeling contingency / Elisabeth Jean Wood -- When democracy complicates peace : how democratic contingencies affect negotiated settlements / Courtney Jung -- Contingency in biophysical research / Robert G. Shulman and Mark R. Shulman
Divide and deal : the politics of distribution in democracies by Ian Shapiro( Book )
19 editions published between 2008 and 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 267 libraries worldwide
Taking a view of inequality as encompassing the distribution of wealth, risk, status, and well-being, this volume explores how institutions, individuals, and coalitions contribute to the often surprising twists and turns of distributive politics. It identifies various psychological and institutional factors that influence distributive outcomes
After apartheid : reinventing South Africa by Ian Shapiro( Book )
10 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and Undetermined and held by 257 libraries worldwide
This highly informative volume of essays provides a realistic appraisal of South Africa's governance in the first decade of majority rule
Two treatises of government by John Locke( Book )
3 editions published between 1991 and 2003 in English and held by 5 libraries worldwide
From the Publisher: This is a new revised version of Dr. Laslett's standard edition of Two Treatises. First published in 1960, and based on an analysis of the whole body of Locke's publications, writings, and papers. The Introduction and text have been revised to incorporate references to recent scholarship since the second edition and the bibliography has been updated
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Alternative Names
Ian Shapiro American political theorist
Ian Shapiro hoogleraar uit Zuid-Afrika
Shapiro, I.
Шапиро, Йэн
シャピロ, イアン
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