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K. Daron Acemoglu and James A. Robinson, Economic Origins of Dictatorship and Democracy: Economic and Political Origins, Cambridge University Press, 2006. Different social groups prefer different political institutions because of the way they allocate political power and resources. This book develops a framework for analyzing the creation and consolidation of democracy. K. Daron Acemoglu is Charles P. Kindleberger Professor of Economics.

Suzanne Berger, How We Compete: What Companies Around the World Are Doing to Make it in Today's Global Economy, Doubleday, 2005. An analysis of responses to globalization based on research carried out at the MIT Industrial Performance Center and interviews at 500 companies in North America, Asia, and Europe between 1999 and 2005. Suzanne Berger is Raphael Dorman and Helen Starbuck Professor of Political Science.

James Buzard, Disorienting Fiction: The Autoethnographic Work of Nineteenth-Century British Novels, Princeton University Press, 2005. This book gives an ambitious revisionist account of the nineteenth-century British novel and its role in the complex historical process that ultimately gave rise to modern anthropology's concept of culture and its accredited researcher, the Participant Observer. James Buzard is Professor of Literature and Literature Faculty Head.

Elizabeth Hackett and Sally Haslanger, eds., Theorizing Feminisms: A Reader, Oxford University Press, 2005. "What is sexist oppression?" "What should be done about it?" Organized around these questions, Theorizing Feminisms: A Reader provides an overview of theoretical feminist writing about the quest for gender justice. Sally Haslanger is Professor of Philosophy.

David Kaiser, Drawing Theories Apart: The Dispersion of Feynman Diagrams in Postwar Physics, University of Chicago Press, 2005. A study of how Richard Feynman's idiosyncratic approach to quantum physics spread from a small cluster of users to dominate several branches of modern physics. David Kaiser is Associate Professor of the History of Science.



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