Publications

Peter Swenson
Challenges the conventional wisdom that welfare state builders take their cues solely from labor and other progressive interests. It argues instead that pragmatic social reformers in the U.S. and Sweden looked for support from above as well as below, taking into account capitalists’ interests and...
Peter Swenson
This publication is available on the following link(s): http://www.cornellpress.cornell.edu/book/?GCOI=80140100451340 http://www.amazon.com/Fair-Shares-Politics-Germany-Political/dp/0801421357
Co-Edited with Kazuko Suzuki. Provides a direct engagement of social-scientific perspectives on race with recent developments in genomics that use racial/ethnic terminologies in medical research.  Includes perspectives that go outside the US context and beyond traditional Western paradigms of race...
The Art of Power is a challenge to traditional political theory. Diego A. von Vacano examines the work of Machiavelli, arguing that he establishes a new, aesthetic perspective on political life. He then proceeds to carry out the most extensive analysis to date of an important relationship in...
The role of race in politics, citizenship, and the state is one of the most perplexing puzzles of modernity. While political thought has been slow to take up this puzzle, Diego von Vacano suggests that the tradition of Latin American and Hispanic political thought, which has long considered the...
This collection of essays spans the period 2005-2008, when Evo Morales was consolidating power despite extreme opposition by both elites in Eastern Bolivia and the United States.  While Hugo Chávez is no longer on the political scene, and the Castro brothers in Cuba represent an older brand of...
Steven Wilkinson
At Indian independence in 1947, the country’s founders worried that the army India inherited— conservative and dominated by officers and troops drawn disproportionately from a few “martial” groups—posed a real threat to democracy. They also saw the structure of the army, with its recruitment on the...
Steven Wilkinson
Most models of party competition assume that citizens vote for a platform rather than narrowly targeted material benefits. However, there are many countries where politicians win elections by giving money, jobs, and services in direct exchange for votes. This is not just true in the developing...
Steven Wilkinson
This volume compiles influential and lesser-known, yet significant interventions to present the most comprehensive social scientific analysis of communal violence in India, and tries to offer political and institutional explanations for it. This publication is available on the following link(s):...
Steven Wilkinson
This book explains why Hindu-Muslim riots in India break out when and where they do, and shows why some state governments in India prevent Hindu-Muslim riots while others do not or even help to incite violence. It shows that riots are fomented to help win elections, and that state governments...