This book continues the editors' work (started in the volume “Masters of Political Science”) of highlighting and re-evaluating the contributions of the most important political scientists who have gone before. Its basis is the belief that the future development and sophistication of the discipline will benefit from a critical understanding of the works of early political “giants” whose contributions are presented and analysed: Gabriel A. Almond, Raymond Aron, Philip Converse, Maurice Duverger, Stanley Hoffmann, Paul Lazarsfeld, Arend Lijphart, Elinor Ostrom, William H. Riker, Stein Rokkan and Susan Strange. The editors review and consider the contributions of these maestri to the study of contemporary democracy, political culture, electoral systems, political communication, the transformation of capitalism and state formation in Europe. Maestri of Political Science is aimed not only at a new generation of political scientists but is a valuable opportunity for established scholars to see new light through old windows.
Donatella Campus,Gianfranco Pasquino and Martin Bull 1
Chapter 1 – Gabriel A. Almond: Comparative Politics and Political
Gianfranco Pasquino 5
Chapter 2 – Raymond Aron or the Three Dimensions of Political Science:
Critical Philosophy of History, Political Sociology and Theory of International
Stephen Launay 31
Chapter 3 – Philip Converse: Normalising the Vote and Voting Studies
Jocelyn Evans 55
Chapter 4 – Maurice Duverger: A Law, a Hypothesis and a Paradox
Robert Elgie 75
Chapter 5 – Stanley Hoffmann: Managing the Unmanageable: A Concern
for World Order
Martin A. Schain 93
Chapter 6 – Paul Lazarsfeld: The Founder of Empirical Electoral Research
Donatella Campus 103
Chapter 7 – Arend Lijphart: Power Sharing and the Pursuit of a Kinder and
Gentler Democratic Society
Hans Keman 121
Chapter 8 – Elinor Ostrom: Politics as Problem-Solving in
Michael D. McGinnis 137
Chapter 9 – William H. Riker: and the Building of a Science of Politics
(Positive Political Theory)
Daniela Giannetti 159
Chapter 10 – Stein Rokkan: The Macro-Sociological Fresco of State,
Nation and Democracy in Europe
Daniele Caramani 177
Chapter 11 – Susan Strange: The Authority of Questioning
Eugenia Baroncelli 207
Donatella Campus is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Bologna. She is the author of L'elettore pigro. Informazione politica e scelte di voto (Mulino, 2000); L'antipolitica al governo (Mulino, 2006); Comunicazione Politica: Le nuove Frontiere (2008).
Gianfranco Pasquino is Professor of Political Science at the University of Bologna. He also teaches at the Bologna Center of Johns Hopkins University. Since 2005 he has been a member of the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei. His most recent book is Le istituzioni di Arlecchino (2008, 5th ed.). He has also edited L'Elezione del segretario, Organizzazione e potere (2009).
Martin Bull is Professor of Politics at the University of Salford and Director of the European Consortium for Political Research. His research interests lie in comparative, Southern European and Italian politics, and his recent publications include, Italy - A Contested Polity (2009), edited with Martin Rhodes.
(In this book )...The objective is less to trace their intellectual biography (like in the volume edited in 1997 by Hans Daalder concerning Comparative European Politics. The Story of a Profession) than to invite the reader to take into account the wealth of works initiated during the founding era of Western political science. Therefore the book will be of interest to students eager to follow a still lively intellectual tradition as specialists of the various subjects covered (democratic theory, state genesis and formation, political communication...)