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Alan Draper is a Professor of Government at St. Lawrence University. His interests include labor history, the history of the civil rights movement, and comparative welfare states. He has written A Rope of Sand (Praeger,1989) and Conflict of Interests, (Cornell University Press, 1994), which was cited as an Outstanding Book on the Subject of Human Rights by the Gustavus Myers Center in 1997. He is also a co-author of two textbooks, The Politics of Power: A Critical Introduction to American Government (with Ira Katznelson and Mark Kesselman now in its 7th edition (2014), and The Good Society: An Introduction to Comparative Politics (with Ansil Ramsay). He is on the Editorial board of Labor History and was appointed a Distinguished Fulbright Chair of Political Science at the University of Innsbruck, Austria in Spring 2011.
is an Emeritus Professor of Government at St. Lawrence University. His interests include the political economy of development, authoritarian politics, and comparative quality of life assessment. He has co-authored The Good Society: An Introduction to Comparative Politics (with Alan Draper) and co-authored chapters with Richard Doner in Linda Weiss (ed), States in the Global Economy: Bringing Domestic Institutions Back In (New York, NY: Cambridge University Press, 2003), Mushtaq Khan and Jomo K.S. (eds), Rents, Rent-Seeking, and Economic Development: Theory and Evidence in Asia (New York, NY: Cambridge University Press, 2000, and Ben Ross Schneider and Sylvia Maxwell (eds), Business and the State in Developing Countries. Cornell University Press, 1997). He has served on the editorial board of Asian Survey and as a book review editor for The Journal of Asian Studies. He received a Fulbright Research Grant for research in Thailand in 1985 and a Social Sciences Research Council grant (with Richard Doner) for research in Thailand in 1988..
Chapter 1. Good Societies
Chapter 2. The State
Chapter 3. State and Society
Chapter 4. Political Culture
Chapter 5. Political Economy
Chapter 6. Authoritarianism
Chapter 7. Democracy
Chapter 8. Development and Underdevelopment
Chapter 9. Developed Countries and the Good Society
Chapter 10. Less Developed Countries and the Good Society
Chapter 11. Communism, Post-Communism, and the Good Society