Professor Arend Lijphart FBA
About this Fellow
Arend Lijphart is Research Professor Emeritus of Political Science at the University of California, San Diego. His research has focused on the prospects of democracy in ethnically divided societies like Belgium, Lebanon, South Africa, and India, and on different forms of democracy - especially the contrast between majoritarian and consensus democracy and between presidential and parliamentary systems - and their strengths and weaknesses. Lijphart received his Ph.D. from Yale University in 1963, and was awarded honorary doctorates by the University of Leiden in 2001, Queen's University Belfast in 2004, and the University of Ghent in 2009. He served as president of the American Political Science Association in 1995-96, and is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the British Academy, and the Netherlands Academy of Sciences.
- Research Professor Emeritus of Political Science, University of California, San Diego
- Research Professor Emeritus of Political Science, University of California, San Diego, 1994
Comparative European politics & European integration; territorial politics & federalism, nationalism & the management of nationality issues; public policy; approaches & methods in the social sciences.
Politics in the Middle East, particularly in Iraq & Egypt; Islamic political thought; the relationship between art & power in the Middle East.
My research interests involve examining the nature & significance of political participation, particularly electoral participation, & also in understanding the causes & effects of public opinion on politics.
Political theory: theories of law and the state, pluralism, toleration, republicanism, global justice, secularism and religion