Political Man

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Political Man
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AuthorSeymour Martin Lipset
CountryUnited States
SubjectPolitical science
PublisherDoubleday & Company
Publication date
Media typeHardback/paperback
306/.2 19
LC ClassJC423 .L58 1981

Political Man: The Social Bases of Politics is an award winning political science book from 1960 by Seymour Martin Lipset.[1]

The book is an influential analysis of the bases of democracy across the world. One of the important sections is Chapter 2: "Economic Development and Democracy." Larry Diamond and Gary Marks argue that "Lipset's assertion of a direct relationship between economic development and democracy has been subjected to extensive empirical examination, both quantitative and qualitative, in the past 30 years. And the evidence shows, with striking clarity and consistency, a strong causal relationship between economic development and democracy."[2]

The book sold more than 400,000 copies and was translated into 20 languages, including: Vietnamese, Bengali, and Serbo-Croatian.[3]


  • Contents
    • Chapter I: The Sociology of Politics
  • PART I: The Conditions of the Democratic Order
    • Chapter II: Economic Development and Democracy
    • Chapter III: Social Conflict, Legitimacy, and Democracy
    • Chapter IV: Working-class Authoritarianism
    • Chapter V: Fascism—Left, Right, and Center
  • PART II: Voting in Western Democracies
    • Chapter VI: Elections: Who Votes and Who Doesn't?
    • Chapter VII: Elections: The Expression of the Democratic Class Struggle
    • Chapter VIII: Elections: The Expression of the Democratic Class Struggle—Continuity and Change
  • PART III: Political Behavior in American Society
    • Chapter IX: Classes and Parties in American Politics
    • Chapter X: American Intellectuals: Their Politics and Status
    • Chapter XI: The Emergence of the One-party South—The Election of 1860
  • PART IV: The Politics of Private Government: A Case Study
    • Chapter XII: The Political Process in Trade-unions
  • A Personal Postscript
    • Chapter XII: The Political Process in Trade-unions



  1. ^ Lipset, Seymour Martin. Political Man. Anchor Books, Garden City, New York. 477pp, 1960, ISBN 0-8018-2522-9.
  2. ^ Diamond, Larry and Gary Marks Archived 2007-08-31 at the Wayback Machine. Extension, a Journal of the Carl Albert Center, "Seymour Martin Lipset and the Study of Democracy," 1992. Last accessed: December 27, 2007.
  3. ^ Diamond, Larry Archived 2008-07-18 at the Wayback Machine. Hoover Institution, "In Memoriam: Seymour Martin Lipset, 1922–2006: A Giant among Teachers," 2007. accessed: December 27, 2007.

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