Thomas R. Dye
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Thomas R. Dye (born December 16, 1935) is an Emeritus Professor of Political Science at Florida State University and was formerly a McKenzie Professor of Government. Dye has described politics as being about who gets scarce governmental resources, where, when, why and how.
Academic background and preparation
Dye has taught at the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Wisconsin, and the University of Georgia, among other institutions. He was a visiting scholar at Bar-Ilan University in Israel, and at the Brookings Institution in Washington D.C.
Dye has served as president of the Southern Political Science Association, the Policy Studies Organization, and has served as the secretary of the American Political Science Association. Presently, Dye served as past president of the Lincoln Center for Public Service.
Areas of interest
Dye's main research interests center on the conflict between the two political organizational theories of Elite theory vs. Pluralism in American politics. His two best known works The Irony of Democracy (now in its 15th edition) and Who's Running America? (now in its 7th edition, The Bush Restoration) discuss this on-going conflict in great detail.
- Politics in States and Communities (now in 15th edition)
- Politics in America (Political Science text book now in 8th edition)
- Understanding Public Policy (now in 14th edition)
- Who's Running America? (now in 8th edition)
- Top Down Policymaking
- Power and Society
- The Irony of Democracy (now in 15th edition)
- Politics in Florida
- American Politics in the Media Age
- American Federalism
Honors and awards
- Harold Lasswell Award for career contributions to the study of public policy
- Donald C. Stone Award for career contributions to the study of federalism
- Outstanding Political Science Alumni Award from the Penn State Department of Political Science 
- Ronald J. Hrebenar, Bryson B. Morgan (2009). "Lobbying in America". ABC-CLIO. ISBN 978-1-59884-112-1. Retrieved 2012-01-12.
see Preface page xv
- Penn State University, Department of political Science , Outstanding alumni award 2005/2006 http://polisci.la.psu.edu/alumni/outstanding_alumni_award.html