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  • Containmentby Ian Shapiro

    Princeton University Press 2009; US$ 23.95 US$ 21.79

    In this powerfully argued book, Ian Shapiro shows that the idea of containment offers the best hope for protecting Americans and their democracy into the future. His bold vision for American security in the post-September 11 world is reminiscent of George Kennan's historic "Long Telegram," in which the containment strategy that won the Cold War was... more...

  • The Flight from Reality in the Human Sciencesby Ian Shapiro

    Princeton University Press 2009; US$ 31.95 US$ 29.07

    In this captivating yet troubling book, Ian Shapiro offers a searing indictment of many influential practices in the social sciences and humanities today. Perhaps best known for his critique of rational choice theory, Shapiro expands his purview here. In discipline after discipline, he argues, scholars have fallen prey to inward-looking myopia that... more...

  • The State of Democratic Theoryby Ian Shapiro

    Princeton University Press 2009; US$ 28.95 US$ 26.34

    What should we expect from democracy, and how likely is it that democracies will live up to those expectations? In The State of Democratic Theory , Ian Shapiro offers a critical assessment of contemporary answers to these questions, lays out his distinctive alternative, and explores its implications for policy and political action. Some... more...

  • The Real World of Democratic Theoryby Ian Shapiro

    Princeton University Press 2010; US$ 35.00 US$ 31.85

    In this book Ian Shapiro develops and extends arguments that have established him as one of today's leading democratic theorists. Shapiro is hardheaded about the realities of politics and power, and the difficulties of fighting injustice and oppression. Yet he makes a compelling case that democracy's legitimacy depends on pressing it into the service... more...

  • Abortionby Ian Shapiro

    Hackett Publishing Company, Inc. 2007; US$ 12.95

    Updated to include the 2007 decision Gonzales v. Carhart, this volume provides all of the major Supreme Court decisions on abortion--as well as many majority, dissenting, and plurality opinions--carefully edited for use in undergraduate and graduate courses in a variety of disciplines. In his introductory essay, Shapiro sets these cases in political,... more...

  • The Rule of Lawby Ian Shapiro

    NYU Press 1995; US$ 40.00

    From the sprawling remnants of the Soviet empire to the southern tip of Africa, attempts are underway to replace arbitrary political regimes with governments constrained by the rule of law. This ideal which subordinates the wills of individuals, social movements--and even, sometimes, democratically elected majorities--to the requirements of law,... more...

  • Designing Democratic Institutionsby Ian Shapiro; Stephen Macedo

    NYU Press 2000; US$ 85.00

    As the principles and practices of democracy continue to spread ever more widely, it is hard to imagine a corner of the globe into which they will not eventually penetrate. But the euphoria of democratic revolutions is typically short-lived, and usually followed by disgruntlement and even cynicism about the actual operation of democratic institutions.... more...

  • Ethnicity and Group Rightsby Ian Shapiro; Will Kymlicka

    NYU Press 1997; US$ 28.00

    Within Western political philosophy, the rights of groups has often been neglected or addressed in only the narrowest fashion. Focusing solely on whether rights are exercised by individuals or groups misses what lies at the heart of ethnocultural conflict, leaving the crucial question unanswered: can the familiar system of common citizenship rights... more...

  • Political Contingencyby Ian Shapiro; Sonu Bedi

    NYU Press 2007; US$ 27.00

    History is replete with instances of what might, or might not, have been. By calling something contingent, at a minimum we are saying that it did not have to be as it is. Things could have been otherwise, and they would have been otherwise if something had happened differently. This collection of original essays examines the significance of contingency... more...

  • After Apartheidby Ian Shapiro; Kahreen Tebeau

    University of Virginia Press 2011; US$ 26.50

    Democracy came to South Africa in April 1994, when the African National Congress won a landslide victory in the first free national election in the country?s history. That definitive and peaceful transition from apartheid is often cited as a model for others to follow. The new order has since survived several transitions of ANC leadership, and it... more...