Monday, July 25, 2005

Yale University

[Department Website][APSA elisting(requires membership)] Political Order in the Changing World: A Continuing Hiring Initiative. The Yale Political Science department will continue to enlarge its ranks with a number of scholars doing original research on the big questions of political action and thought, design and disorder. Searches are still open to all ranks. Our aim is to appoint promising scholars who illuminate the political universe in rigorous, systematic, and original ways. The searches will proceed in any of the five Initiative areas detailed below. They are open with respect to all traditional political science subfields and methodological persuasions. 1. Order, Conflict, and Violence. Possible concerns: revolution, riots, civil war, genocide, international war and peace; what makes conflict more or less violent; classical theorists of order and conflict such as Thucydides, Machiavelli, Hobbes, or Kant; the evolution of national; non-national, or transnational political orders; the politics of crime; the legitimation of order; or the state as an instrument of political order. 2. Representation and Popular Rule. Possible concerns: interest groups, political parties, money in politics; taxation; mass media; subsidiarity and transnational representation; redistricting and group representation (based on ethnicity, race, gender, or something else); failures of representation; demands for secession and suburban white flight; mass political action or the lack of it; preconditions for popular rule; or classic insights on these questions, such as those of Locke, Burke, Tocqueville, or Mill. 3. Distributive Politics. Possible concerns: distributional foundations and consequences of different regimes; capitalism and democracy; interactions between global markets and nation states; rights, entitlements, and welfare states; collective action; normative theories of distributive justice and positive theories of social choice, whether classical or contemporary; or the global distribution of goods and bads. 4. Identities, Affiliations, and Allegiances. Possible concerns: the value of classic reflections such as those of Hegel or Nietzsche; relevant contemporary philosophical literature; the political psychology of partisanship and ideology; ethnicity, race, class, gender, nationalism, and religion as sources of political attachment; immigration, displaced persons, refugees and dual citizens; identities and allegiances in international politics (what brings states together, keeps them together, and drives them apart). 5. Crafting and Operating Institutions. Possible concerns: political institutions above and below the nation state and their evolution; constitutional design and democratic performance; the relevance of classics of institutional choice (e.g. Plato, Machiavelli, The Federalist) or contemporary analytic theory; parliamentism v. presidentialism, bicameralism v. unicameralism; confederal, federal, and unitary systems; components of institutional regimes such as courts, legislatures, bureaucracies, and executives, as well as their interactions; the political functions of non-governmental organizations. Send applications (vitae, official transcript, recommendations, and writing samples) to Chair, Department of Political Science, Yale University, P.O. Box 208301, New Haven, CT 06520-8301. We begin considering applications on October 1, 2005. Yale is an EO/AA employer.

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