Download e-book for iPad: Alexis de Tocqueville, the First Social Scientist by Jon Elster

By Jon Elster

The booklet proposes a brand new interpretation of Alexis de Tocqueville that perspectives him at first as a social scientist instead of as a political theorist. Drawing on his past paintings at the clarification of social habit, Elster argues that Tocqueville's major declare to our cognizance this day rests at the huge variety of exportable causal mechanisms to be present in his paintings, lots of that are nonetheless beneficial of extra exploration. Elster proposes a singular studying of Democracy in the US during which the most important explanatory variable is the speedy fiscal and political turnover instead of equality of wealth at any given cut-off date. He additionally deals a analyzing of The Ancien Régime and the Revolution as grounded within the mental family members one of the peasantry, the bourgeoisie, and the the Aristocracy. always going past exegetical observation, he argues that Tocqueville is eminently worthy examining at the present time for his major and methodological insights.

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