Ian Shapiro

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États-Unis d'Amérique


William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor; Chair, Department of Political Science


Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut

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Department of Political Science
Yale University
124 Prospect Street, Room 105
New Haven, Connecticut 06520-8301 USA


phone: (203) 432-5238

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Ph.D., Yale University, 1983, J.D., Yale Law School, 1987.


Research interests include the methodologies of the social sciences,
theories of justice and democracy, the relations between democracy and the
distribution of income and wealth, and the prospects for sustainable democracy
in the post-communist world and sub-Saharan Africa.


* "Democratic innovation: South Africa in comparative context," World
Politics, Vol. 46, No. 1 (October 1993), pp. 121-50. Review Essay.

* "Letter from South Africa," Dissent (Spring 1994), pp. 171-77.

* "Harnessing the profit motive: Education and housing in the new South
Africa." Paper For the Conference on South Africa in Transition, The
Holiday Inn, Cape Town, South Africa, August 15-17, 1994, with Nicoli

* "South Africa's negotiated transition: Democracy, opposition, and the
new constitutional order," with Courtney Jung. Politics and Society, Vol.
23, No. 3 (September 1995), pp. 269-308.

* "South Africa's negotiated transition: Democracy and opposition in
comparative perspective," with Courtney Jung. Conference paper presented at
Department of Political Studies, University of Cape Town, South Africa,
December 1994; Department of Political Science, University of Melbourne,
Australia, March 1995; New York Law School, February 1996; Tel Aviv
University, Department of Political Science, March 1996; New York
University, Department of Political Science, May 1996.

* "South African democracy revisited: A reply to Koelble and Reynolds,"
with Courtney Jung. Politics and Society, Vol. 24, No 3 (September 1996),
pp. 237-47.

* "On the Normalization of South African Politics," Dissent (January
1999), pp. 28-33.

* "Problems and Prospects for Democratic Settlements: South Africa as a
Model for the Middle East and Northern Ireland?" (August 2003) with
Courtney Jung & Ellen Lust-Okar.

Shapiro is author of The Evolution of Rights in Liberal Theory; Political
Criticism; Democracy's Place; Democratic Justice; The Moral Foundations of
Politics; and, The State of Democratic Theory; and co-author of
Pathologies of Rational Choice Theory (with Donald Green).

Editor of NOMOS from 1992-2000, has edited numerous other collections, and has
edited the Cambridge University Press series on Contemporary Political Theory
since 1998.


Sub-Saharan Africa; liberal theory; political criticism; democracy's place; democratic justice