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Life in the Deep South, by Gabriel Aguilera

Some Important Books I Read in Grad School

Here are some of the most important political science books that I read in graduate school. The list, of course, is idiosyncratic and reflects my peculiar academic interests and concerns, the stuff that made me want to become a teacher and a scholar. These resonated and each is an education in itself. Even when flawed, they helped to teach me how to think critically about the subject. Oh, in assembling this list I realized that at heart I am a comparative international political economist, whatever this means.

If forced to administer assigned reading on the most relevant for our times, I would assign Polanyi, Putnam, and Olson. Above all, Polanyi.

In no particular order:

Golden Fetters, Barry Eichengreen

Politics in Hard Times, Peter Gourevitch

Making Democracy Work, Robert Putnam

The Great Transformation, Karl Polanyi

Commerce and Coalitions, Ron Rogowski

Debt, Democracy and Development, Jeff Frieden

The Political Power of Economic Ideas, Peter Hall

After Hegemony, Robert Keohane

The Political Economy of International Relations, Robert Gilpin

Markets and States in Tropical Africa, Robert Bates

The Rise and Decline of Nations, Mancur Olson

Presidentialism and Democracy in Latin America, Scot Mainwaring and Matthew Soberg Shugart



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