Seymour Martin Lipset (1922-2006)

On December 31, 2006, the world lost Seymour Martin Lipset, one of the most influential and prolific social scientists of the twentieth century. He was 84. The following pages contain a collection of some of the tributes to Marty written by members of the Comparative Democratization section of the American Political Science Association.

“In Memoriam” by Juan J. Linz (Sterling Professor Emeritus of Political and Social Science, Yale University)

“Seymour Martin Lipset” by Gary Marks (Burton Craige Professor of Political Science, University of North Carolina). This article originally appeared in the January 12, 2007 edition of The Guardian.

“A Giant among Teachers” by Larry Diamond (Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution). This article originally appeared in the Spring 2007 Hoover Digest.

“Tribute to Marty Lipset” by Marc F. Plattner (Co-editor of the Journal of Democracy and co-director of the International Forum for Democratic Studies). The following is the text from a speech delivered at a February 28 tribute to Marty Lipset co-sponsored by the School for Advanced International Studies (SAIS) of Johns Hopkins University, the National Endowment for Democracy, and the George Mason University (GMU) School of Public Policy.

“Remembering Seymour Martin Lipset” by Mildred Schwartz (Professor Emeritus of Sociology, University of Illinois at Chicago). This article appeared in the March-April 2007 Canadian Journal of Sociology Online

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