The Info List - Adam Przeworski

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Adam Przeworski (Polish: [pʂɛˈvɔrskʲi]; born May 5, 1940) is a Polish-American professor of Political Science. One of the main important theorists and analysers of democratic societies, theory of democracy and political economy, he is currently a full professor at the Wilf Family Department of Politics of New York University.


1 Life 2 Capitalism and Social Democracy 3 Major works 4 Recent works 5 Family 6 Notes 7 References

Life[edit] Born in 1940 in Warsaw, Poland, Przeworski graduated from Warsaw University in 1961. Soon afterwards, he moved to the United States, where he received his Ph.D. at Northwestern University in 1966. He taught at the University of Chicago, where he was awarded with the title of Martin A. Ryerson Distinguished Service Professor. He also held visiting appointments in India, Chile, Great Britain, France, Germany, Spain (Juan March Institute), and Switzerland. Since 1991, Przeworski has been a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and in 2001 shared the Woodrow Wilson Prize for the book Democracy and Development. 2010, he was awarded the Johan Skytte Prize in Political Science for "raising the scientific standards regarding the analysis of the relations between democracy, capitalism and economic development". To date, he has authored 13 books and numerous articles. Przeworski was a member of the September Group of Analytical Marxists, but left the group in 1993.[1] Capitalism and Social Democracy[edit] Further information: social democracy In Capitalism and Social Democracy Przeworski argues that European socialist parties in the first half of the 20th century faced a sequence of electoral dilemmas. The first dilemma was whether or not to participate in bourgeois elections, when universal suffrage was progressively established in Europe. The question was whether or not participation would contribute to the struggle for socialism or strengthen the capitalist order.[2] According to Przeworski, most socialist parties have opted to get involved in elections, since it was a means to advance some of the interests of workers in the short run and, as references to Friedrich Engels and Eduard Bernstein illustrate in Przeworski’s book, to move toward socialism.[3] The decision to participate in bourgeois elections led to another dilemma, according to Przeworski: given that manual workers were not the numerical majority in any European country, to win elections they had to choose whether or not to compromise their socialist principles and adopt a social democratic agenda to attract the support of allies, especially the middle class.[4] Such compromise had major consequences for socialist parties, including the withdrawal of support of workers,[5] the abandoning of extra-parliamentary tactics,[6] and progressively the defection from socialist policies when in power.[7] Critiques to Przeworski’s account of the dilemmas of social democratic parties have been at least twofold. First, it has been shown that numerical majority is not necessary for social democratic parties to control governments,[8] which implies that social democratic parties do not necessarily need to sacrifice workers’ votes to win elections.[9] Second, Gøsta Esping-Andersen has argued that Przeworski is mistaken in attempting to differentiate reformist and revolutionary policies, since “we have no accepted criteria for deciding which actions will merely reflect the status quo and which will accelerate historical transformation”.[10] Esping-Andersen suggests that policies that leftist parties adopt should be compared based on how they aid the process of class unity.[11] Major works[edit]

Adam Przeworski; Michael E. Alvarez; Jose Antonio Cheibub; Fernando Limongi (2000). Adam Przeworski, ed. Democracy and Development; Political Institutions and Well-Being in the World, 1950-1990. New York: Cambridge University Press. p. 336. ISBN 0-521-79379-3.  Adam Przeworski, José María Maravall, ed. (2003). Democracy and the Rule of Law. New York: Cambridge University Press. p. 334. ISBN 0-521-53266-3.  Adam Przeworski (2003). States and Markets; A Primer in Political Economy. p. 236. ISBN 0-521-53524-7.  Adam Przeworski (1991). Democracy and the Market; Political and Economic Reforms in Eastern Europe and Latin America. New York: Cambridge University Press. p. 208. ISBN 0-521-42335-X.  Adam Przeworski (1985). Capitalism and Social Democracy. New York: Cambridge University Press. p. 280. ISBN 0-521-33656-2. 

Recent works[edit]

Adam Przeworski (2009): The Mechanics of Regime Instability in Latin America, in: Journal of Politics in Latin America 1/2009. S.5-36 Adam Przeworski (2010). Democracy and the Limits of Self-Government. New York: Cambridge University Press. 

Family[edit] His uncle Andrzej Przeworski was a Polish footballer, referee and manager. Notes[edit]

^ G. A. Cohen, Marx's Theory of History, expanded edition (Oxford, 2000), p. xix. ^ Adam Przeworski, Capitalism and Social Democracy, p. 13. ^ Adam Przeworski, “Capitalism and Social Democracy”, p. 13, 17, 30-1. ^ Adam Przeworski, “Capitalism and Social Democracy”, pp. 23-9. ^ Adam Przeworski, “Capitalism and Social Democracy”, p. 106. ^ Adam Przeworski, “Capitalism and Social Democracy”, p. 15. ^ Adam Przeworski, “Capitalism and Social Democracy”, pp. 30-5. ^ Leif Lewin, Ideology and Strategy (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1988). ^ King, Desmond S.; Wickham-Jones, Mark (1990). "Social Democracy and Rational Workers". British Journal of Political Science. 20 (3): 387–413. doi:10.1017/s0007123400005895. JSTOR 193916.  ^ Gøsta Esping-Andersen, Politics against Markets (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1985), p. 9. ^ Gøsta Esping-Andersen, Politics against Markets (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1985), p. 10.


Adam Przeworski New York University. Official Web Page. Faculty. Gerardo L. Munck interview with Przeworski (in English (2003, 62 pages, pdf) (in Spanish)

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September Group


G. A. Cohen John Roemer Jon Elster Adam Przeworski Erik Olin Wright Philippe Van Parijs Robert-Jan van der Veen Robert Brenner Hillel Steiner Samuel Bowles Joshua Cohen

See also

Analytical Marxism Left-libertarianism Game theory Marxism Karl Marx John Rawls Robert Nozick Self-ownership Exploitation

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Recipients of the Johan Skytte Prize in Political Science

1995 Robert A. Dahl 1996 Juan José Linz 1997 Arend Lijphart 1998 Alexander L. George 1999 Elinor Ostrom 2000 Fritz W. Scharpf 2001 Brian Barry 2002 Sidney Verba 2003 Hanna Pitkin 2004 Jean Blondel 2005 Robert Keohane 2006 Robert D. Putnam 2007 Theda Skocpol 2008 Rein Taagepera 2009 Philippe C. Schmitter 2010 Adam Przeworski 2011 Ronald Inglehart / Pippa Norris 2012 Carole Pateman 2013 Robert Axelrod 2014 David Collier 2015 Francis Fukuyama 2016 Jon Elster 2017 Amartya Sen

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WorldCat Identities VIAF: 39439480 LCCN: n81125784 ISNI: 0000 0001 0889 7252 GND: 124178936 SUDOC: 031644554 BNF: cb122820823 (data) BIBSYS: 90149569 MGP: 22