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The Nifty Fifty: GOV Faculty Name Top 50 Political Science Books

Mon, February 13, 2017
The  Nifty Fifty: GOV Faculty Name Top 50 Political Science Books
Enelow, Hinich, Key, Wagner: Celebrated Texas Alum and Faculty

Department of Government faculty have named 50 books as “must reads” for the discipline. Part of a project to serve graduate students, the top 50 list of political science books is tied to the remodeling of a department library, where the books will be available for graduate students to check out. The list was aggregated after collecting “Top 10” book lists from faculty across the department.

Some notables:

Robert Dahl: author with the most books (three) on the list

Kenneth Waltz: Runner-up to Dahl (two books)

V.O. Key: the only Texas alum on the list

Jim Enelow and Harrison Wagner: current Texas faculty on the list

Gary Cox and Mel Hinich: former Texas faculty on the list

Economics: social science discipline other than political science most represented on the list

Institutions: If the list were to have a “winning theme,” a cursory overview of the list suggests the study of institutions takes the trophy

Texas' Nifty 50

Economic Origins of Dictatorship and Democracy, Daron Acemoglu and James Robinson

Treatise on Law, Thomas Aquinas

Origins of Totalitarianism, Hannah Arendt

Politics, Aristotle

Social Choice and Individual Values, Kenneth Arrow

The Least Dangerous Branch: The Supreme Court at the Bar of Politics, Alexander Bickel

The American Voter, Angus Campbell, Philip Converse, Warren Miller, and Donald Stokes

A Model Discipline, Kevin Clarke and David Primo

Making Votes Count: Strategic Coordination in the World's Electoral Systems, Gary Cox

A Preface to Democratic Theory, Robert Dahl

Polyarchy: Participation and Opposition, Robert Dahl

Who Governs? Democracy and Power in an American City, Robert Dahl

Behind the Mule: Race and Class in African-American Politics, Michael Dawson

An Economic Theory of Democracy, Anthony Downs

Homestyle: House Members in Their Districts, Richard Fenno

Power and Powerlessness: Quiescence and Rebellion in an Appalachian Valley, John Gaventa

The Federalist Papers, Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay

The Spatial Theory of Voting: An Introduction, Jim Enelow and Mel Hinich

Exit, Voice, and Loyalty: Responses to Declines in Firms, Organizations, and States, Albert Hirschman

Leviathan, Thomas Hobbes

Political Order in Changing Societies, Samuel Huntington

After Hegemony: Cooperation and Discord in the World Political Economy, Keohane

Southern Politics in State and Nation, V.O. Key

Patterns of Democracy: Government Forms and Performance in Thirty-Six Countries, Arend Lijphardt

Two Treatises on Government (Second Treatise), John Locke

The Prince, Machiavelli

After Virtue, Alasdair MacIntyre

Congress: The Electoral Connection, David Mayhew

Order within Anarchy: The Laws of War as an International Institution, James Morrow

Constitutional Democracy: Creating and Maintaining a Just Political Order, Walter Murphy

Presidential Power, Richard Neustadt

Beyond Good and Evil, Friedrich Nietzche

Institutions, Institutional Change and Economic Performance, Douglass North

The Logic of Collective Action: Public Goods and the Theory of Groups, Mancur Olson

Governing the Commons: The Evolution of Institutions for Collective Action, Elinor Ostrom

The Republic, Plato

The Great Transformation: The Political and Economic Origins of Our Time, Karl Polanyi

Democracy and Development: Political Institutions and Material Well-Being in the World, 1950-1990, Adam Przeworski, Michael Alvarez, Jose Cheihub, and Fernando Limongi

A Theory of Justice, John Rawls

First and Second Discourses, Jean-Jaques Rousseau

The Semi-Sovereign People: A Realists's View of American Democracy, E.E. Schattschneider

States and Social Revolutions: A Comparative Analysis of France, Russia, and China, Theda Skocpol

The Politics Presidents Make: Leadership from John Adams to Bill Clinton, Stephen Skowronek

Toward a More Perfect Union, (Writings of) Herbert Storing

The History of the Peloponnesian War, Thucydides

Democracy in America, Alexis de Tocqueville

Voice and Equality: Civic Voluntarism in American Politics, Sidney Verba, Kay Schlozman, and Henry Brady

War and the State: The Theory of International Politics, R. Harrison Wagner

Invisible Politics: Black Political Behavior, Hanes Walton

Man, the State, and War: A Theoretical Analysis, Kenneth Waltz

Theory of International Relations, Kenneth Waltz

The Nature and Origins of Mass Opinion, John Zaller

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