Conversations with History: Institute of International Studies, UC Berkeley
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Welcome to a Conversation with History. I'm Harry Kreisler of the Institute of International Studies. Our guest today is Harold Wilensky, who is Professor Emeritus of Political Science at the University of California at Berkeley. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the author or coauthor of thirteen books. Just published by the University of California Press is Rich Democracies: Political Economy, Public Policy, and Performance.
In this landmark work, the culmination of thirty years of systematic, comprehensive comparison of nineteen rich democracies, Wilensky answers two basic questions: What is distinctly modern about modern societies? In what ways are they becoming alike, and how do variations in types of political economy shape system performance? The book is being hailed as "a monumental work," "an instant classic," "a truly amazing accomplishment."
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