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Peter Lange, Thomas A. Langford University Professor Emeritus of Political Science and Sanford School of Public Policy

Peter Lange
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Office Location:  220 Allen Bldg, Durham, NC 27708
Office Phone:  (919) 684-2631
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Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1975
B.A., Oberlin College, 1967

Comparative Politics
Research Interests: Western Europe, Political Economy, and Labor Politics

Peter Lange is Professor of Political Science and prior Chair of the department. He was the longest serving Provost at Duke for 15 years. His principal interests are comparative politics and political economy and twentieth century European politics. In addition to numerous articles, he is the author of Union Democracy and Liberal Corporatism: Exit, Voice and Wage Regulation in Postwar Europe, co-author of Unions, Change and Crisis: French and Italian Union Strategy and the Political Economy. He is also co-editor of the forthcoming Continuity and Change in Contemporary Capitalism, as well as Italy in Transition, State, Market and Social Regulation: New Perspectives on Italy. Recently his work has focused on the relationship between globalization, domestic politics and economic policy and performance in the advanced industrial democracies. He has also recently completed a major project (with Miriam Golden of UCLA and Michael Wallerstein of Northwestern) on the development of trade unions and collective bargaining in the advanced industrial democracies in the post-WW II period and the effects of these on economic performance. He is currently involved in a collaborative project with John Aldrich and a team of graduate students on the impact of globalization and the economic risks it creates on individuals' expectations of government. He has taught at Harvard University and was a Research Fellow of the Center for European Studies there. He serves on the editorial board of several journals. In 1991-1992 he was a Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences in Palo Alto, CA and in 1994 co-chaired a Summer Institute at the Center in "Internationalization and Domestic Performance in Postwar Europe" to be held in the summer of 1998 and 1999. He was also Chair of the Joint Committee on Western Europe of the Social Science Research Council. He served as Vice-Provost for Academic and International Affairs at Duke from 1994-1996 and Chair of the Curriculum Review Committee for Arts and Sciences at Duke.

Curriculum Vitae
Recent Publications   (More Publications)

  1. Lange, P; Ross, G; Vannicelli, M, Unions, change and crisis: French and Italian union strategy and the political economy, 1945-1980 (April, 2016), pp. 1-295, Routledge (Chapter 1: Lange and Vannicelli, "Strategy under Stress: The Italian Crisis in Development Perspective"; Chapter 3: Lange and Ross, "Conclusions French and Italian Union Development in Comparative Perspective". Published in Italian as Sindacato Cambiamenti e Crisi in Francia e in Italia (Milan: Franco Angeli, 1988.) [doi]  [abs].
  2. Leachman, LL; Rosas, G; Lange, P; Bester, A, The political economy of budget deficits, Economics & Politics, vol. 19 no. 3 (November, 2007), pp. 369-420, WILEY [doi]  [abs].
  3. Leachman, L; Bester, A; Rosas, G; Lange, P, Multicointegration and sustainability of fiscal practices, Economic Inquiry, vol. 43 no. 2 (September, 2005), pp. 454-466, WILEY [doi]  [abs].
  4. Lange, P, Multicointegration, Sustainability of Fiscal Practices and the Role of Fiscal Institutions, Economic Inquiry (2004), WILEY .
  5. Scruggs, L; Lange, P, Where have all the members gone? Globalization, institutions, and union density, Journal of Politics, vol. 64 no. 1 (January, 2002), pp. 126-153, University of Chicago Press [Gateway.cgi], [doi]  [abs].

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