Thursday, January 04, 2007

Research and Lipset

In the Swedish election campaign I often used the following argument: “Sweden spends more money on research and development than everyone else, except maybe Israel”. Well, that is true if you don’t count New Mexico and Massachusetts, I learnt today. Read more on the subject here.

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As I said I spent New Years with some friends in France, and we didn’t discuss it this time, but boy have we had discussions about “American Exceptionalism” (in short: why socialism never grew strong in the US). Now the man who coined that phrase has passed away, rest in peace Seymour Martin Lipset (orbitury here).

3 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I didn't know Lipset had died! Are there any great political scientists/economists/etc. left now?

7/1/07 18:48  
Blogger Eric Sundström said...

There are quite a few left, Putnam for example. And many more will come!

7/1/07 21:59  
Anonymous Graham Copp said...

I didn't realise he had died... what a shame. It took me back to studying the Lipset Rokken model at university.

13/1/07 00:11  

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