Pierre Rosanvallon

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Pierre Rosanvallon

Pierre Rosanvallon (b. 1948, Blois) is a French intellectual and historian, named professor at the Collège de France in 2001. He holds there the chair in the modern and contemporary history of the political. His works are dedicated to the history of democracy, French political history, the role of the state and the question of social justice in contemporary societies. He is also director of studies at the EHESS, where he led the Raymond Aron Centre of Political Researches between 1992 and 2005. Rosanvallon was in the 1970s one of the primary theoreticians of workers' self-management in the CFDT trade union.

He is diplomed from the HEC management school. In 1982, he created the Fondation Saint-Simon think-tank, along with François Furet. The Fondation dissolved in December 1999. Since 2002, Rosanvallon is member of the Scientific Counsel of the French National Library, and has the same functions, since 2004, at the École Normale Supérieure of Paris.

Rosanvallon created in 2002 La République des Idées, an "intellectual workshop" which he presides. The group publishes a review and books.


  • L'Âge de l'autogestion, Le Seuil, coll. Points politique, 1976, 246 p.
  • La Crise de l'État-providence, Le Seuil, 1981
  • Le Moment Guizot, Gallimard, 1985
  • L'État en France de 1789 à nos jours, Le Seuil, L'Univers historique, 1990
  • La Monarchie impossible Fayard 1994
  • La Nouvelle Question sociale, Points, Essais, 1995 (transl. in 2000, The New Social Question: Rethinking the Welfare State, ISBN 978-0-691-01640-5)
  • Le Nouvel Âge des inégalités, (Avec Jean-Paul Fitoussi), Le Seuil, 1996
  • Le Peuple introuvable : Histoire de la représentation démocratique en France, Folio Histoire, 1998
  • La Démocratie inachevée. Histoire de la souveraineté du peuple en France, Gallimard, Bibliothèque des histoires, 2000, Folio Histoire extraits déchargables
  • Le Sacre du citoyen. Histoire du suffrage universel en France, Folio Histoire, 2001
  • Pour une histoire conceptuelle du politique, Le Seuil, 2003
  • Le Modèle politique français. La société civile contre le jacobinisme de 1789 à nos jours, Le Seuil, 2004
  • Democracy Past and Future, (Columbia University Press, ed. Samuel Moyn, 2006) ISBN 0-231-13740-0 (excerpts)
  • The Demands of Liberty — Civil Society in France since the Revolution, Harvard 2007, ISBN 0-674-02496-6
  • La contre-démocratie. La politique à l'âge de la défiance, Seuil, 2006.
    • engl.: Counter-democracy : politics in an age of distrust, Cambridge University Press, New York 2008, ISBN 0-521-88622-8
  • La légitimité démocratique. Impartialité, réflexivité, proximité, Seuil, Paris 2008.
  • La société des égaux, Paris: Seuil, 2011.

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