Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs

Book Discussion -- Usable Theory: Analytic Tools for Social and Political Research

Friday, April 30, 2010

2 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Sociology Department, Maxcy Hall, Zimmer Lounge

“Author Meets Critics” Book Discussion of Dietrich Rueschemeyer's Usable Theory: Analytic Tools for Social and Political Research 

Location: Sociology Department, Maxcy Hall, Zimmer Lounge

Author: Dietrich Rueschemeyer 

Dietrich Rueschemeyer is a Brown professor of sociology emeritus and Charles C. Tillinghast Jr. '32 Professor of International Studies emeritus. He currently works on state formation and historical antecedents of socioeconomic development. He was one of the founders of Brown's Center for the Comparative Study of Development, which merged into the Watson Institute. From 1997 to 2002, Professor Rueschemeyer led the Institute's Political Economy and Development Program.
His other books include; Comparative Historical Analysis in the Social Sciences (Cambribge University Press, 2003, co-edited with J. Mahoney); Participation and Democracy East and West: Comparisons and Interpretations (M. E. Sharpe, 1998, co-edited with M. Rueschemeyer and B. Wittrock); States, Social Knowledge, and the Origins of Modern Social Policies (Princeton University Press, 1996, co-edited with Th. Skocpol); Capitalist Development and Democracy (University of Chicago Press, 1992, co-authored with E. H. Stephens and J. D. Stephen); Power and the Division of Labour (Stanford University Press, 1986); and Bringing the State Back In (Cambridge University Press, 1985, co-edited with P.B. Evans and Th. Skocpol).

Critics: 

James Mahoney
Professor Department of Political Science and Department of Sociology
Fitzgerald Professor of Economic History, Northwestern University

Philip Gorsky
Professor of Sociology Co-Director, Center for Compara-tive Research, Yale University

Presented by the Department of Sociology and the Watson Institute for International Studies.