Ian Shapiro

Sterling Professor of Political Science
and Henry R. Luce Director, The Whitney and Betty MacMillan Center
for International and Area Studies at Yale

Selected Articles

Collusion in Restraint of Democracy: Against Political Deliberation.” The Prospects & Limits of Deliberative Democracy (June 2017)

“Beyond the Two-State Solution.” Project Syndicate (March 3, 2016)

“Against Impartiality.” Journal of Politics, Vol. 78, No. 2 (April, 2016)

“Business and the South African Transition,” with Itumeleng Makgetla. In preparation

“Democracy Man: The Life and Work of Robert A. Dahl,” in Foreign Affairs, February 12, 2014. http://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/140772/ian-shapiro/democracy-man

“Transforming Power Relationships: Leadership, Risk, and Hope,” with James Read. Forthcoming in American Political Science Review, 2014.
Spanish translation forthcoming in Revista Española de Ciencia Política, 2014.
Norwegian translation in Øyvind Østerud, ed Politikk I Grenslean (Oslo:Universitetsforlaget, 2014), pp. 165-88.

“Methods are like people: If you focus only on what they cannot do, you will always be disappointed,” in Dawn Langan Teele, ed, Field Experiments and their Critics: Essays on the Uses and Abuses of Experimentation in the Social Sciences (Yale University Press, 2014), pp. 228-41.

“Judgment and democratic leadership,” forthcoming in John Kane and Haig Patapan, eds, Good Democratic Leadership: On Prudence and Judgment in Modern Democracies (Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2014).

“Democracy Between Elections,” forthcoming in Adam Przeworski, ed, Democracy in the Russian Mirror (Cambridge University Press, 2014).

“Still Speaking in a Judicial Voice: Ruther Bader Ginsburg Two Decades Later,Yale Law Journal, 122 Yale L.J. Online 257 (2013)

“On non-domination,” University of Toronto Law Journal Vol. 62, No. 3 (2012) pp 293-336. Spanish translation: DOXA, Cuadernos de Filosofía del Derecho, 35 (2012); Russian translation: Logos, Vol 4 [88] 2012; Korean translation: The Journal of Political Criticism, Vol 12 (May 2013)

Review of The Idea of Justice, by Amartya Sen. In Journal of Economic Literature, Vol. XLIX (December 2011)

“The social sciences and the financial crisis: Reflections on recent trends,” (in English and Korean), Journal of Political Criticism, Vol. 8, No. 5 (May 2011), pp. 5-36.

“Containment and Democratic Cosmopolitanism,” Moscow State University Bulletin. International Relations and World Politics. No.1 (January-March), 2011, pp. 3-31.

“Reductionism in the human sciences: A philosopher’s game,” (with Robert G. Schulman),” in C. Mantzavinos, ed., Philosophy of the Social Sciences: Philosophical Theory and Scientific Practice (Cambridge University Press, 2009), pp. 124-30.

“Reflections on Skinner and Pettit,” Hobbes Studies, Volume 22, No. 2 (2009), pp. 185-191(7).

“A global response to terrorism,” International Spectator, Vol. 32, No. 3 (September 2008), pp. 27-34. Reprinted in Advance, Vol. 2, No. 2 (Fall 2008), pp. 37-42.

“Contención y cosmopolitismo democrático,” Foro Internacional 193, Vol. XLVIII-3, julio-septiembre de 2008.

“Tyranny and Democracy: Reflections on Some Recent Literature,” Government and Opposition, Vol. 43, No. 3 (Summer 2008).

“A better strategy against terror,” Yale Alumni Magazine (March/April 2007), pp. 30-33.

Contributed to symposium on “Understanding suicide terror,” Perspectives on Politics, Vol. 5, No. 1 (March 2007), pp. 133-36.

“Public opinion and the push to repeal the estate tax,” with Mayling Birney and Michael Graetz, National Tax Journal, Vol. LIX, No. 3 (September 2006), pp. 439-62.

“Notes on the poliltical psychology of redistribution,” Social Research (forthcoming, 2006).

“On the second edition of Luke’s third face,” Political Studies (Spring, 2006), pp. 146-155.

“The Flight From Reality: A response to Mackie, Hochschild, and Laitin,” Qualitative Methods (Fall 2005), pp. 15-18.

“The State of Democratic Theory: A Reply to James Fishkin,” Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy, Vol. 8, No. 1  (March, 2005), pp. 79-83.

“Problems and prospects for democratic settlements: South Africa as a model for the middle east and northern Ireland?” with Courtney Jung and Ellen Lust-Okar, Politics and Society, Vol. 33, No. 2 (June 2005), pp. 277-326.

“Concluding remarks,” in Axel Van den Berg and Hudson Meadwell, eds., The Social Sciences and Rationality: Promises, Limits, and Problems (University of Michigan Press, 2005).

“John Locke’s democratic theory,” in Ian Shapiro, ed., John Locke, A Letter Concerning Toleration and Two Treatises of Government (Yale University Press, 2003).

The political science discipline: A comment on David Laitin’s proposal,” Political Knowledge and the Public Interest, ed. by Edward Mansfield and Richard Sisson (Ohio State University Press, forthcoming 2003).

“The political science discipline: A comment on David Laitin’s proposal,” Political Knowledge and the Public Interest, ed. by Edward Mansfield and Richard Sisson (Ohio State University Press, forthcoming 2003).

“Problems, methods, and theories in the study of politics, or: What’s wrong with Political Science and what to do about it,” Political Theory, Vol. 30, No.4 (August 2002) pp. 588-611. To be reprinted in Donald Moon and Stephen White, eds., What is Political Theory? ( Berkeley, CA:Sage Publications, 2003) and in Ian Shapiro, Rogers Smith, and Tarek Masoud, eds., Problems and Methods in the Study of Politics (forthcoming from Cambridge University Press, 2004). Russian translation in Oleg Gabrielyan, ed., Political Science in the Ukraine: State and Perspectives ( Crimea: Taurida Publishing House, 2003) pp. 253-78.

“Revisiting Democratic Justice: A reply to critics,” for a special issue symposium on my book in The Good Society, Vol. 11, No. 2 (2002), pp. 91-97.

“Optimal deliberation?” Journal of Political Philosophy, Vol.10, no. 2 (June 2002), pp. 196-211. To be reprinted in Peter Laslett and James Fishkin, eds., Philosophy, Politics, and Society: Debating Deliberative Democracy, seventh series (Blackwells, 2002).

“The state of democratic theory,” in Political Science: The State of the Discipline, ed. by Ira Katznelson and Helen Milner (New York : W.W. Norton & Co. and Washington, D.C. : American Political Science Association, 2001) pp 235-65. Czech translation published as my contribution to Ian Shapiro and Jürgen Habermas, Teorie demokracie dnes, Morálni a politická filosophe svazek 10 (Prague: Nakladatelství Filosofické ústavu AV åR, 2002), pp.23-78. Russian translation published as a three part article in the 2001 volume of Polis in issues 3,4, and 5 respectively.

Why the poor don’t soak the rich: Notes on democracy and distribution,” Daedalus Vol. 130, No. 4 ( Winter 2002), pp. 118-28.

“Democratic justice and multicultural recognition,” in David Held and Paul Kelly, eds., Multiculturalism Reconsidered (Polity Press, 2002).

“Concluding remarks,” in Axel Van den Berg and Hudson Meadwell, eds., The Social Sciences and Rationality: Promises, Limits, and Problems (University of Michigan Press, forthcoming 2002). 

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

“Enough of deliberation: Politics is about interests and power,” in Deliberative Politics: Essays on Democracy and Disagreement, ed. by Stephen Macedo (Oxford University Press, 1999), pp. 28-38.

“Can the rational choice approach cope with culture?” P.S. Political Science and Politics, Vol. 31, no. 1 (March 1998), pp. 40-43. Reprinted in Bernard Brown, ed., Comparative Politics: Notes and Readings (Homewood, Ill., Dorsey Press, 1999).

“Group aspirations and democratic politics,” Constellations, Vol. 3, No. 3 (January 1997), pp. 315-25. Reprinted in Ian Shapiro and Casiano Hacker-Cordón Democracy’s Edges, (Cambridge University Press, 1999), pp. 210-221 and in Harold Koh and Ronald Slye, eds., Deliberative Democracy and Human Rights (Yale University Press, 1999), pp. 143-56.

“Elements of democratic justice,” Political Theory, Vol. 24, No. 4 (November 1996), pp. 579-619. Spanish translation in Doxa, No. 20 ( Madrid , 1997) pp. 331-76. A somewhat modified version was published as “Components of the democratic ideal,” in Albert Breton, Gianluigi Galeotti, Pierre Salmon and Ronald Wintrobe eds., Understanding Democracy: Economic and Political Perspectives (Cambridge University Press, 1997).

“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.

“Pathologies revisited: Reflections on our critics,” with Donald Green. Critical Review Vol. 9, Nos. 1-2 (Winter/Spring 1995), pp. 235-76. This symposium on Pathologies of Rational Choice Theory was republished as The Rational Choice Controversy: Economic Models of Politics Reconsidered, edited by Jeffrey Friedman (Yale University Press, 1996).

“Rational choice explanations of politics: Why has so little been learned?” With D. Green. Russian translation in Polis (September 1994), pp. 59-74, French translation in Revue fran?aise de science politique, Vol. 45, No. 1 (February, 1995), pp. 96-130, Italian translation in Rivista Italiana di Scienza Politica Vol. 25, No. 1 (April 1995), pp. 51-89, Spanish translations in Foro Internacional, Vol. XXXIV (July-September, 1994), pp. 363-403 [Mexico City] and in Revista Internacional de Filosof’a Pol’tica, No. 5 (June, 1995) pp. 89-124 [Madrid]. Japanese translation in Leviathan Vol. 19 (Fall 1996), pp. 33-62. Extracted from Pathologies of Rational Choice Theory.

“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.

“Varieties of liberal ideology,” published in Russian in Polis (September 1994), pp. 17-21.

“Three ways to be a democrat,” Political Theory, Vol. 22, No. 1 (February, 1994), pp. 124-51. Japanese translation in Hou To Seiji [The Journal of Law and Politics], Vol. 42, No. 3 (September 1991), pp. 541-86. Russian translation in Polis(May 1992) pp. 75-85. Spanish translation published as a two part article in successive issues of Claves: De Razón Práctica (Madrid). Part I, “Democricia y métrica,” in No. 59 (Enero/Febrero 1996), pp. 14-23, part II, “Principios y método,” No. 60 (Marzo, 1996), pp. 32-41.

“Letter from South Africa,” Dissent (Spring 1994), pp. 171-77.

“Human nature and political philosophy,” Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy, ed by Edward Craig (London: Routledge, 1999).

“Democracy and Religious Freedom: A critique of Wisconsin v. Yoder,” with Richard Arneson, NOMOS XXXVIII: Political Order, ed. Ian Shapiro and Russell Hardin (NYU Press, 1996) pp. 365-411.

“The false promise of realist social theory,” in Kristen Monroe ed., Empirical Political Theory (University of California Press, 1997), pp. 166-87, with Alexander Wendt.

“Democracy and civil society,” published in Russian in Polis (September 1992). pp. 17-29, and reprinted in Liberalism and the Preconditions for Democracy, Vol. II, ed. by B. Kapustin (Gorbachev Foundation, Moscow, 1992), pp. 9-19 and in East-West Dialogue of Cultures, Vol. I (Kazakh State University, Alma-Ata 1992), pp. 232-45. Chinese translation in Twenty-First Century, No. 32 (December 1995), pp. 117-22.

“Notes toward a conditional theory of rights and obligations in property,” in Stephen Gottlieb, Jurisprudence (Michie, 1993) pp. 378-80.

“Workmanship revisited: Reply to Professor Murphy,” Political Theory, Vol. 20, No. 2 (May 1992), pp. 328-32.

“Democracy in the transition from communism to capitalism,” published in Russian in Centaur (October-December 1991), pp. 7-14 and reprinted in Lectures in Political Science, Vol. I, (Tallinn, Estonia, 1991) pp. 26-38.

“The difference that realism makes: Social science and the politics of consent,” Politics and Society, Vol. 20, No. 2 (June 1992), pp. 197-224, with Alexander Wendt.

“Impressions from the Soviet Union,” with Robert Dahl. Dissent (Summer 1991), pp. 342-45.

“Resources, capacities, and ownership: the workmanship ideal and distributive justice,” Political Theory, Vol. 19, No. 1 (February 1991) pp. 47-72. Expanded version in John Brewer and Susan Staves, eds., Early Modern Conceptions of Property (Routledge, 1995), pp. 21-42.

“J.G.A. Pocock’s republicanism and political theory: A critique and reinterpretation,” Critical Review, Vol. 4, No. 3 (Spring 1990), pp. 433-71. Adapted from chapter six of Political Criticism.

“Three fallacies concerning majorities, minorities and democratic politics,” in NOMOS XXXII: Majorities and Minorities ed. by John Chapman and Alan Wertheimer (New York University Press, 1990) pp. 79-125.

“Constructing Politics,” Review Essay of Roberto Unger, Politics, 3 vols. (Cambridge University Press, 1987) in Political Theory, Vol. 17, No. 3, (August 1989). pp. 475-82.

“Gross concepts in political argument,” Political Theory, Vol. 17, No. 1 (February 1989), pp. 51-76. “A comment on John Harsanyi’s “Democracy, Equality and Popular Consent”,” in Ian Shapiro and Grant Reeher (eds.) Power, Inequality and Democratic Politics, (Westview Press) pp. 284-90.

“Richard Posner’s praxis,” Ohio State Law Journal, Vol. 48, No. 4 (December, 1987), pp. 999-1047.

“Stagflation and the New Right,” Telos No. 56 (Summer, 1983) pp. 5-39, with John Kane.

“Realism in the study of the history of ideas,” History of Political Thought, Vol. III, No. 3 (November, 1982), pp. 535-578.

“Fiscal crisis of the Polish state: genesis of the 1980 strikes,” Theory and Society, Vol. 10, No 4 (July, 1981), pp. 469-502.