Jon Elster

Jon Elster

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Jon Elster (Ph.D., University of Paris, 1972) taught at Paris, Oslo and Chicago before coming to Columbia. His publications include Ulysses and the SirensSour Grapes, Making Sense of MarxThe Cement of SocietySolomonic JudgementsLocal JusticePolitical PsychologyAlchemies of the MindUlysses UnboundClosing the Books: Transitional Justice in Historical PerspectiveExplaining Social Behavior, and Securities Against Misrule: Juries, Assemblies, Elections. His research interests include the theory of individual and of collective choice, the philosophy of the social sciences, the theory of distributive justice, and the history of social thought (Marx and Tocqueville). He is currently working on a comparative study of the Federal Convention (1787) and the first French constituent assembly (1789-1791).

Jon Elster is on leave for the 2018-2019 academic year.

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