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Robert Kaufman
Robert Kaufman
Distinguished Professor
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ROBERT KAUFMAN is Distinguished Professor of Political Science, Rutgers University.  He received his A.B. and Ph.D. from Harvard University. He has been a Research Associate at the Harvard Center for International Affairs in 1967-68 and again in 1975-76. In 1980-81 he was a Member of the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, and a Research Fellow at the Collegium Budapest in 1997. In 2000 and 2015 he was a Visiting Scholar at Nuffield College, Oxford University. From 2001 to 2003, he served as a member of the Executive Council and as Treasurer of the American Political Science Association, and is currently President of the Comparative Politics Section of the American Political Science Association. He has written widely on authoritarianism and democratic transitions and on the political economy of economic reform. His current research is on the relation between inequality, distributive conflict, and democratization during the “Third Wave.”  

His most recent book is Dictators and Democrats: Elites, Masses, and Regime Change, co-authored with Stephan Haggard and published by Princeton University Press, 2016. Other books include Development, Democracy, and Welfare States: Latin America, East Asia, and Eastern Europe, 2008), coauthored with Stephan Haggard. He is also co-author (with Stephan Haggard) of The Political Economy of Democratic Transitions (with Stephan Haggard), winner of the 1995 Luebbert Prize for the best book in comparative politics, awarded by the Comparative Politics Section of the American Political Science Associatio, and he is co-editor (with Joan M. Nelson) of Crucial Needs, Weak Incentives: Social Sector Reform, Globalization and Democratization in Latin America,  2004.  

Articles include: “Inequality and Regime Change: Democratic Transitions and the Stability of Democratic Rule,” American Political Science Review, August 2012;  “The Political Effects of Inequality: Some Inconvenient Facts,” Comparative Politics 2009; "Globalization, Domestic Politics, and Social Spending in Latin America 1973-1997: A Cross-Sectional Time Series Analysis." World Politics,  2001, co-authored with Alex Segura-Ubiergo; and "Attitudes toward Economic Reform in Mexico: The Role of Political Orientations" American Political Science Review 1998, co-authored with Leo Zuckermann.

Publications

He has written widely on authoritarianism and democratic transitions in Latin America and the political economy of economic reform.

His most recent book is Dictators and Democrats: Elites, Masses, and Regime Change, 2016, co-authored with Stephan Haggard. 

He is also co-author (with Stephan Haggard) of The Political Economy of Democratic Transitions, winner of the 1995 Leubbert Prize for the best book in comparative politics, awarded by the Comparative Politics Section of the American Political Science Associatio, and he is co-editor (with Joan M. Nelson) of Crucial Needs, Weak Incentives: Social Sector Reform, Globalization and Democratization in Latin America, 2004.  

Articles include:

  • “The Political Effects of Inequality: Some Inconvenient Facts,” Comparative Politics, 2009.
  • "Globalization, Domestic Politics, and Social Spending in Latin America 1973-1997: A Cross-Sectional Time Series Analysis." World Politics,  2001, co-authored with Alex Segura-Ubiergo.
  • "Attitudes toward Economic Reform in Mexico: The Role of Political Orientations" American Political Science Review 1998, co-authored with Leo Zuckermann.

Research

He has written widely on authoritarianism and democratic transitions and on the political economy of economic reform. His current research is on the relation between inequality, distributive conflict, and democratization during the “Third Wave.”

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