This page presents a list of the classic works on empirical democratic theory as compiled by faculty of the Center for the Study of Democracy at UC Irvine. These are works that are considered essenstial works on democracy by the Center's faculty. To qualify as a "classic" a books had to be published before 1990; the Center has prepared a separate list of "new classics" that have been published since 1990.
Gabriel Abraham Almond, Sidney Verba / Paperback / Published 1989
Political Action: Mass Participation in Five Western Democracies
Samuel Barnes, Max Kaase et al./Sage Publications/Published 1979
James M. Buchanan / Paperback / Published 1962
Angus Campbell / Paperback / Published 1980
Robert Alan Dahl/Paperback/Published 1971.
Larry Diamond, Juan Linz, and Seymour Martin Lipset/Paperback/(January 1988)/note: this references one book in a four volume series.
Anthony Downs/Paperback/(June 1957)
Division and Cohesion
Harry Eckstein/Princeton University Press/Published 1966
Albert O. Hirschman/Paperback/(September 1972)
Ronald Inglehart / Paperback / Published 1993 (Originally 1977).
Arend Lipjhart, Arend Lijphart; Paperback/ Published 1984
Charles E. Lindblom / Paperback / Published 1977
Juan J. Linz and Alfred Stepan (Editors) / 1978/ note: this references one book in a multivolume series.
Seymour Martin Lipset/ Paperback/(June 1981)
Barrington, Jr. Moore/ Reprint Edition/Paperback, 559 pages
Carole Pateman / Paperback / February 1976
G. Bingham Powell/Reprint Edition/Paperback/Harvard Univ Press/1984
Adam Przeworski / Paperback / Reprint edition (April 987)
William H. Riker/ Paperback/Reissue edition (August 1988)
Giovanni Sartori / Paperback / Published 1987
Philippe C. Schmitter, et al / Paperback / Published 1986/note: this references one book in a multivolume series.
Joseph A. Schumpeter / Paperback / Published 1962
Sidney Verba, et al / Paperback / Published 1987
Sidney Verba, Norman Nie / Paperback / Published 1987