Political scientist; university professor. Born– July 9, 1931, Gadsden. Parents– Alvin R. and Janice (Haas) Lowi. Married– Angele M. Daniel, May 11, 1963. Children– Two. Education– B.A., Michigan State University, 1954; M.A., Yale University, 1955; Ph.D., Yale, 1961. Taught at Cornell University, 1959-1965; University of Chicago, 1965-1972, Cornell, 1972-2015. Member American Political Science Association; elected president, 1990.  Awards; 1981-1982 French-American Foundation Award; Fulbright Award, University of Paris; other fellowships, 1963-1978, including Center for Advanced Study in Behavioral Sciences, 1977-1978, Fulbright 40th Anniversary Distinguished Fellow, 1987.  James Madison Award, 2008; Wilbur Lucius Cross Medal, Yale, 2013. Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters, Oakland University, 1972; SUNY, Stony Brook, 1988. Designated John L. Senior Professor of American Institutions Emeritus, 2015. Died February 12, 2017.


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American Government; Incomplete Conquest. Hinsdale, Ill.; Dryden Press, 1976.

At the Pleasure of the Mayor; Patronage and Power in New York City, 1998- 1958. New York; Free Press of Glencoe, 1964.

Cities Without Citizens. Philadelphia; Center for the Study of Federalism, Temple University, 1981.

The End of Liberalism; Ideology, Policy, and the Crisis of Public Authority. New York; Norton, 1969; 40th anniversary edition, 2010.

The End of the Republican Era.  University of Oklahoma Press, 1995; new edition, 2006.

Four Systems of Policy, Politics and Choice. Syracuse, N.Y.; InterUniversity Case Program, 1971.

Incomplete Conquest, Governing America. New York; Holt, Rinehart, 1981.

The Intelligent Person’s Guide to Political Corruption. Vermillion, S.D.; Governmental Research Bureau, University of South Dakota, 1981.

The Personal President, Power Vested, Promise Unfulfilled. Ithaca, N.Y.; Cornell University Press, 1985.

Politics of Disorder. New York; Basic, 1971.

The Politics of the Second Republic of the United States. Urbana; Department of Political Science, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, 1977.

U.S. Bases in Spain. New York; InterUniversity Case Program, 1961.

The Welfare State, the New Regulation, and the Rule of Law.  University of Siegen, Germany, 1986.


Legislative Politics U.S.A.: Congress and the Forces that Shape It.  Little, Brown, 1962; 3rd edition 1973.

Private Life and Public Order:  The Context of Modern Public Policy.  Norton, 1968.


American Government:  Freedom and  Power.  Norton, 1990.

American Government:  Power and Purpose, 7th edition. Norton, 2002; 11th edition, 2010.

Embattled Democracy:  Politics and Policy in the Clinton Era.  Norton, 1995.

Poliscide.  New York: Macmillan, 1976.

The Pursuit of Justice. New York; Harper, 1964.

A Republic of Parties?  Debating the Two-party System.  Rowman and Littlefield, 1998.

We the People:  An Introduction to American Politics.  Norton, 1997; 7th edition, 2007.


Comparative Theory and Political Experience; Morris Einaudi and the Liberal Tradition. Ithaca, N.Y.; Cornell University Press, 1990.


American Political Thought: A Norton Anthology.  Norton, 209.

Arenas of Power.  Paradigm Publishers, 2009.

Comparative Theory and Political Experience:Mario Einaudi and the Liberal Tradition.  Cornell, 1990.

Nationalizing Government: Public Policies in America,  Sage Publications, 1984.

Readings for American Government:  Freedom and Power.  Norton, 1996.