Filippo Sabetti Professor
BA, McMaster, MA, PhD Indiana University
Research interests Canadian and Comparative Politics and Public Policy
Dilemmas in Governance and Policy Analysis
Political Economy of Crime and Punishment
Religion and Politics
Development of Liberal, Constitutional and Federalist Thought
Comparative Historical Analysis and Paired Comparison
Books and Monographs: The Struggle to Constitute and Sustain Productive Orders. Vincent Ostrom's Quest to Understand Human Affairs. Lanham: Lexington Books, 2008 (ed.with Mark Sproule-Jones and Barbara Allen).
Libertà e Liberali in Europa e in America [Liberty and Liberalism in Europe and America] ed. Milan: Edizioni Guerini, Turin: Centro Einaudi, 2007.
Civilization and Democracy: The Salvemini Anthology of Cattaneo’s Writings. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2006 (ed. with Carlo G. Lacaita).
Alla Ricerca del Buon Governo in Italia. Manduria-Bari-Rome: Piero Lacaita Editore, 2004.
Village Politics and the Mafia in Sicily. San Francisco: ICS Press, and Montreal: McGill-Queen's University Press, 2002.
The Search for Good Government: Understanding the Paradox of Italian Democracy. Montreal: McGill-Queen's University Press, 2000, 2002. Shortlisted for Social Science Prize.
Il Crimine in America. Cosenza: Pellegrini Editore, 2001 (ed. with Saverio Di Bella, and Pierre Tremblay).
Politica e potere in un comune siciliano. Cosenza: Pellegrini Editore, 1993.
Italian Politics. A Review. Vol. 5. London: Pinter Publishers, 1991 (ed. with R. Catanzaro).
Politica in Italia. I fatti dell’anno e le interpretazioni. Edizione 1990. Bologna: Il Mulino, 1990 (ed. with R. Catanzaro).
Canadian Federalism: From Crisis to Constitution. Lanham, MD: University Press of America, 1988 (ed. with Daniel J. Elazar and Harold M. Waller).
Political Authority in a Sicilian Village. New Brunswick, N.J.: Rutgers University Press, 1984.
Crisis and Continuity in Canadian Federalism. Special issue of Publius: The Journal of Federalism, vol. 14 1984 (ed. with H. M. Waller).
Journal Articles and Book Chapters: "Democratization without Violence: Can Political Order be Achieved through Peaceful Means" Pp. 85-110. In M. Sproule-Jones, B. Allen and F. Sabetti, eds., The Struggle to Constitute and Sustain Productive Orders. Lanham: Lexington Books, 2008.
"Normative and Empirical Inquiries into Systems of Governance." Pp. 3-10. In M. Sproule-Jones, B. Allen and F. Sabetti, eds., The Struggle to Constitute and Sustain Productive Orders. Lanham: Lexington Books, 2008.
“Democracy and Civic Culture.” Pp.340-62. In The Oxford Handbook of Comparative Politics, ed.by C. Boix and S. Stokes. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007.
"Types of Federalism: Achieving Self-Governing Capabilities in Societies with Federal Potentials." Pp. 27-54. In The Dynamics of Federalism in National and Supranational Political Systems, ed. by M. Pagano and R. Leonardi. New York: Macmillan Palgrave, 2007.
“Libertà e Potere nel percorso del liberalismo classico [Liberty and Authority in the Trajectory of Classical Liberalism].” Pp. 11-25. Libertà e Liberali in Europa e in America, ed. by Filippo Sabetti. Milan: Edizioni Guerini, Turin: Centro Einaudi, 2007.
“Incivilmento e autogoverno nel pensiero politico dell’Ottocento: il contributo di Carlo Cattaneo in una prospettiva comparatistica [Civilization and Self-Government in Nineteenth-Century Political Thought: Cattaneo’s Contribution in a Comparative Perspective].” Pp. 453-484. In Città e Pensiero Politico Italiano dal Risorgimento alla Repubblica, ed. by R. Ghiringhelli. Milan: Edizioni Vita & Pensiero, 2007.
“Carlo Cattaneo and Varieties of Liberalism.” (with C.G. Lacaita). Pp. 3-52. In Civilization and Democracy, ed. by C.G. Lacaita and F. Sabetti. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2006.
“Dalla cultura civica al capitale sociale: progresso nella scienza politica comparata [From Civic Culture to Social Capital: Progress in Comparative Politics]." Rivista Italiana di Scienza Politica 36 (August 2006): 183-205.
The Mafia Misunderstood - Again." Journal of Modern Italian Studies 11 (no. 2, 2006): 232-239.
“Local Roots of Constitutionalism.” Perspectives on Political Science 33 (no. 2, Spring 2004): 70-78.
“Il Passaggio alla Modernita’: Riflessioni Teoriche sull’Esperienza di Francia, Italia e Spagna.[Passage to Modernity: Theoretical Reflections on the Historical Experience of France, Italy and Spain]” Teoria Politica 18 (no.3 2002): 21-43.
"Covenant Language in Canada: Continuity and Change in Political Discourse." pp. 259-284. In The Convenant Tradition: From Federal Theology to Modern Federalism, ed. by D. J. Elazar and J. Kincaid. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2000.
"Cuestiones dificiles y solution de problema: reto del federalismo canadiense, antes y ahora [Problem Solving in the Organization and Practice of Canadian Federalism]." In Hacia in nuevo federalismo? Alicia H. Chávez, ed. Pp. 177-200. Mexico City: Colegio de México, 1996.
"Path Dependency and Civic Culture: Some Lessons from Italy about Interpreting Social Experiments." Politics & Society 24 (March 1996): 19-44. Reprinted in English, and translated in Catalan.
"Whose Law, Whose Justice? Of Crime and Punishment in Modern Times." pp. 129-144, in S. Hellman and G. Pasquino, eds., Italian Politics: A Review, vol. 7. London: Pinter Publishers, 1992. Published also in Italian.
"The Mafia and the Anti-mafia: Moments in the Struggle for Justice and Self-Governance in Sicily." pp. 174-195, in. R. Nanetti and R. Catanzaro. eds., Italian Politics. A Review, vol. 4. London: Pinter Publishers, 1990. Published also in Italian.
"Un precursore siciliano di 'Public Choice'? Francesco Ferrara e lo sviluppo delle scienze sociali in Nord America." Il Politico 54 (July - Sept. 1989): 409-423. Reprinted in 1990.
“Crisis and Continuity in Canadian Federalism” Pp.1-8 in H. H. Waller, D. Elazar and F. Sabetti, eds., Canadian Federalism: From Crisis to Constitution. Lanham, MD: University Press of America, 1988. Reprinted from Publius, 1984.
“The Historical Context of Constitutional Change in Canada.” Law and Contemporary Problems 45 (Autum 1982): 11-32. Reprinted in 1984.
“Reflections on Canadian Urban Governance Research.” Comparative Urban Research 8 (no.2, 1981): 87-112.
Other publications: “Thinking Theoretically and Comparatively about History.” Italian Politics & Society no. 56 (Fall 2002): 28-34.
“In Conversation: The Meaning of Democracy and the Vulnerability of Democracies.” Polycentric Circles 8 (no. 1 January 2002): 1-3 (with Barbara Allen).
“A Different Way of Knowing: A Research Note on the Real Montegrano”. Italian Politics & Society (no. 44, Fall 1995): 18-25.
“The Absence of a Covenantal Tradition”, Pp. 259-263 in Boundaries of Identity: A Quebec Reader, ed. by W. Dodge.. Toronto: Lester, 1992.
Review of The Case for the Enlightenment: Scotland and Naples 1680-1760 by John Robertson. Canadian Journal of Political Science, forthcoming.
Review of Agrarian Elites by Enrico Dal Lago. Journal of Modern History, forthcoming.
Review of Politics as Religion by Emilio Gentile. Perspectives on Politics 5 (March 2007): 149-150.
Review of Mazzini and Marx: Thoughts upon Democracy in Europe, by Salvo Mastellone. Journal of Modern History, 78 (no. 2. June 2006): 468-69.
Review of Jane C. Schneider and Peter T. Schneider, Reversible Destiny. Mafia, Antimafia and the Struggle for Palermo (University of California Press 2003). In The American Historical Review 108 (no.5, December 2003): 1552-1553.
Review of Norberto Bobbio, Ideological Profile of Twentieth-Century Italy (Princeton University Press, 1995); and Carlo Violi, ed., Bibliografia degli Scritti di Norberto Bobbio (Laterza, 1995). In Canadian Journal of Political Science 30 (June 1997): 392-393.
Review of Benjamin Higgins and Donald Savoie, Regional Development Theories and Their Application (Transaction, 1995). In Canadian Journal of Political Science 29 (June 1996): 420-421.
Review of David M. Olson and C.E.S. Franks, eds., Representation and Policy Formation in Federal Systems, Canada and the United States (University of California Institute of Governmental Studies Press, 1993). In Canadian Public Policy 20 (December 1994): 445.
Review of M. Keating, Comparative Urban Politics (E. Elgar, 1991). In Canadian Journal of Political Science 26 (March 1993): 183-184.
Work in progress Passage to Modernity in 19th Century Liberal Thought
Democracy and Civic Cultures
Dilemmas in Governance and Policy Analysis
Paired Comparison and Tocqueville
Undergraduate Courses Introduction to Comparative Politics
Comparative Local Government
Issues in Canadian Public Policy
Society and Politics in Italy
Comparative Institutions and Policies
Development and Public Policies in Western Europe
State and Market in Comparative Analysis
Making Democracy Work: A Comparative Perspective
Canadian Public Administration
Presidential and Congressional Politics in the US
Hon. Seminar in Comparative Politics Developed: topics have included: Markets and Politics; Passage to Modernity in Europe and North America; Faith, Reason and Democratic Transformations
Graduate Courses Freedom and the City
Introduction to Comparative Politics: Approaches and Issues
Comparative Institutional and Policy Analysis
Graduate and Undergraduate Reading Courses Theories of Multi-Level Governance: Implications for Latin American politics
Policies for Urban Growth in Europe
Canadian Social Issues and Federalism
Health Policies and Marginal People in Israel and Canada
Religion and Public Life
18th and 19th Century Liberalism
Nationalism and the Congress of Vienna
Empirical Theory and Policy Analysis
Public Choice Theory and Canadian Politics
Women and the Catholic Church in Italian Politics