Theodore Lowi, Zealous Scholar of Presidents and Liberalism, Dies at 85

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Professor Lowi was named the nation’s most influential political scientist in a poll of the American Political Science Association’s members in 1978. He was the president of that group in 1991 and of the International Political Science Association from 1997 to 2000.

“Lowi’s scientific personality was a unique mix of extraordinary empirical knowledge and bold theoretical vision,” Ilter Turan, the president of the international association, said in a statement.

In his seminal study of liberalism — philosophical rather than political — Professor Lowi wrote that “modern liberalism has left us with a government that is unlimited in scope but formless in action,” a government that “can neither plan nor achieve justice because liberalism replaces planning with bargaining and creates a regime of policy without law.”

He argued…

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