Dietrich Rueschemeyer

Professor Emeritus of Sociology

Research Interests

Sociological Theory, Comparative Historical Analysis, Development, Democracy, Social Welfare Policy


My research areas are the sociology of politics and the state, comparative historical sociology, questions of international development, and social and political theory. After my retirement in 2000, I will work on these interests in the Watson Institute for International Studies as a Professor of International Studies (Research). In Sociology, I plan to offer seminars on "Analytic Tools for Social Research" and "Capitalism, Democracy, and Social Welfare: Comparative Historical Studies". My current research projects have shifted from democracy to social welfare policy and effectiveness of state action. In 1998, I co-edited (with Marilyn Rueschemeyer and Bjorn Wittrock) Particpation and Democracy East and West: Comparisons and Interpretations.