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Shapiro, Ian

Works: 129 works in 842 publications in 7 languages and 54,644 library holdings
Genres: History  Conference papers and proceedings  Sources  Counterfactual histories 
Roles: Author, Editor, htt, Translator, Other, Author of introduction, win, Honoree
Classifications: JC423, 321.8
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Ian Shapiro
The moral foundations of politics by Ian Shapiro( )

38 editions published between 2002 and 2018 in 3 languages and held by 3,456 WorldCat member 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's time until our own. He concludes with an assessment of democracy'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( )

19 editions published between 1994 and 2001 in English and held by 2,526 WorldCat member 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( )

25 editions published between 2007 and 2014 in 4 languages and held by 2,491 WorldCat member 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( )

33 editions published between 2003 and 2010 in 4 languages and held by 2,385 WorldCat member 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
Political contingency : studying the unexpected, the accidental, and the unforeseen by Ian Shapiro( )

21 editions published between 2007 and 2009 in English and held by 2,334 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This collection of essays examines the significance of contingency in the study of politics. That is, how to study unexpected, accidental, or unforeseen political phenomena in a systematic fashion." "Yitzhak Rabin is assassinated. Saddam Hussein invades Kuwait. Hurricane Katrina hits New Orleans. How might history have been different had these events not happened? How should scientists interpret the significance of the events, and can such unexpected outcomes be accounted for? Can unpredictable events be predicted?" "Political Contingency addresses these and related questions, exploring theoretical and historical perspectives on the subject, empirical case studies, and methodological challenges that the fact of contingency poses for the study of politics."--BOOK JACKET
The flight from reality in the human sciences by Ian Shapiro( )

25 editions published between 2005 and 2009 in English and Czech and held by 2,320 WorldCat member 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
The real world of democratic theory by Ian Shapiro( )

22 editions published between 2010 and 2012 in English and Czech and held by 2,171 WorldCat member 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."--The Publisher
Pathologies of rational choice theory : a critique of applications in political science by Donald P Green( )

21 editions published between 1993 and 1996 in English and held by 2,166 WorldCat member 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
Two treatises of government : and a letter concerning toleration by John Locke( )

11 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 2,142 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents John Locke's seventeenth-century classic work on political and social theory; and includes a history of the text, as well as notes and a bibliography
Divide and deal : the politics of distribution in democracies by Ian Shapiro( )

20 editions published between 2008 and 2010 in English and held by 2,062 WorldCat member 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
Political criticism by Ian Shapiro( )

17 editions published between 1990 and 1992 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,999 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Since the 1960s a resurgence of interest in the moral foundations of politics has fueled debates about the appropriate sources of our political judgments. Ian Shapiro analyzes and advances these debates, discussing them in an accessible style. He defends a view of politics called critical naturalism as a third way between the neo-Kantian theory of John Rawls and the contextual arguments of Richard Rorty, Michael Walzer, Alasdair MacIntyre and others. He formulates a new justification for democratic politics and an innovative account of the nature of political argument. Book jacket."--BOOK JACKET
The Federalist papers; Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, John Jay by Alexander Hamilton( )

8 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 1,898 WorldCat member 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
Death by a thousand cuts : the fight over taxing inherited wealth by Michael J Graetz( )

28 editions published between 2005 and 2011 in English and held by 1,867 WorldCat member 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
After apartheid : reinventing South Africa by Ian Shapiro( )

14 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and held by 1,784 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This highly informative volume of essays provides a realistic appraisal of South Africa's governance in the first decade of majority rule
Theory and practice by American Philosophical Association( )

13 editions published between 1995 and 1996 in English and held by 1,409 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Of central interest are the role of theory in judicial decision-making, debates between defenders of the value of pure theory and those who argue for the priority of practice, the political implications of theory, practical problems such as global warming, and the theoretical commitments of practitioners from Karl Marx to Vaclav Havel. One of the most expansive volumes in the NOMOS series to date, Theory and Practice will be of interest to philosophers, lawyers, and social scientists from a wide range of disciplines
Order, conflict, and violence by Stathis N Kalyvas( )

19 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 1,385 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This volume demonstrates the myriad ways in which order and violence are inextricably intertwined. The chapters embrace such varied disciplines as political science, economics, history, sociology, philosophy and law
The democracy sourcebook by Robert A Dahl( )

24 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 1,383 WorldCat member 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
Problems and methods in the study of politics( )

21 editions published between 2004 and 2009 in English and held by 1,309 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The study of politics seems endlessly beset by debates about method. This text offers original discussions, eschewing narrow methodological diatribes to explore what political science is and how political scientists show aspire to do their work
Charter of the United Nations : together with scholarly commentaries and essential historical documents by Ian Shapiro( )

8 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 1,224 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This volume contains the full text of the United Nations Charter and the Statute of the International Court of Justice, as well as related historical documents. They are accompanied by ten original essays on the Charter and its legacy by distinguished scholars and former high-level UN officials. The commentaries illuminate the early and ongoing roles of the United Nations in responding to international crises, debates about the UN’s architecture and its reform, and its role in global governance, climate change, peacekeeping, and development. A concise and accessible introduction to the UN for students, this collection also offers important new scholarship that will be of interest to experts."--pub. desc
On democracy by Robert A Dahl( )

13 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 1,222 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Overview: Written by the preeminent democratic theorist of our time, this book explains the nature, value, and mechanics of democracy. This new edition includes two additional chapters by Ian Shapiro, Dahl's successor as Sterling Professor of Political Science at Yale and a leading contemporary authority on democracy. One chapter deals with the prospects for democracy in light of developments since the advent of the Arab spring in 2010. The other takes up the effects of inequality and money in politics on the quality of democracy, a subject that was of increasing concern to Dahl in his final years
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The moral foundations of politics
Democratic justiceContainment : rebuilding a strategy against global terrorThe state of democratic theoryPolitical contingency : studying the unexpected, the accidental, and the unforeseenThe flight from reality in the human sciencesThe real world of democratic theoryPathologies of rational choice theory : a critique of applications in political scienceTwo treatises of government : and a letter concerning toleration
Alternative Names
Ian Shapiro hoogleraar uit Zuid-Afrika

Ian Shapiro profesor universitariu sudafricanu

Ian Shapiro südafrikanischer Politikwissenschaftler und Hochschullehrer

Kenan, William R.

Shapiro, I.

Шапиро, Йэн

Ян Шапиро

שאפירא, אין

שפירו, אין

إيان شابيرو، 1959-

يان شابيرو أستاذ جامعي جنوب أفريقي

사피로, 이안 1956-

샤피로, 이안 1956-

샤피로, 이언 1956-


シャピロ, イアン


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