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Craig Parsons

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  • Affiliation: faculty
  • Title: Professor
  • Additional Title: Department Head
  • Phone: 541-346-4866
  • Office: 940 PLC
  • Office Hours: Email for appointment
  • Affiliated Departments: European Studies
  • Interests: Comparative politics, European politics
  • Curriculum Vitae


My scholarly work investigates the ideas and institutions that came together to construct today's Europe; comparisons between the European Union and American federalism; how divisive issues like the authority of the EU affect political parties and democratic representation; and some thorny questions in the philosophy of science and qualitative methodology. My first book, A Certain Idea of Europe (Cornell University Press, 2003, winner of the International Studies Association’s Alger Prize for the best book on international organization in 2003), focused on how certain political principles out-battled others in the construction of the European Union. My second book, How to Map Arguments in Political Science (Oxford University Press, 2007, APSA Giovanni Sartori Prize in Qualitative Methods, Honorable Mention), offers a comprehensive framework for organizing substantive explanations in political science. I have also led three edited-book projects, respectively on EU politics (Oxford University Press, 2005), immigration in Europe (Cambridge University Press, 2006), and "constructivist" political economy (Cornell University Press, 2010). I have been collaborating recently with Till Weber (Baruch College CUNY) on how political parties manage multiple, cross-cutting issues in Europe and the United States; researching ways in which the EU's Single Market has adopted more market-friendly rules than the United States; and have begun a book on philosophy of science tentatively titled Competitive Pragmatism. In the more distant future I plan to write a book about the role of ideologies and class identity in the "first wave" of democratization in Europe.

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