Stanley Hoffmann

1996 Balzan Prize for Political Science: Contemporary International Relations

To Stanley Hoffmann, who, through his teaching and writings, has raised political science to a discipline of syntheses, thus elucidating the full complexity of international contemporary relations.

STANLEY HOFFMANN, born on November 27, 1928 in Vienna, is a French citizen since 1947, and an American citizen since 1960;
Assistant Secretary of the French Political Science Association (1952-53 and 1955);
Instructor in Government (1955-57), Assistant Professor of Government (1957-59), Associate Professor of Government (1959-62) and Professor of Government (since 1963) at Harvard University, where he was also Chairman of the Committee on Degrees in Social Studies (1960-68) and Chairman of the Center for European Studies (1969-1995), and occupies (since 1980) the Douglas Dillon Chair of the Civilization of France;
Fellow of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Stanford (1965-66), Visiting Professor at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques, Paris (1975-76) and Chair of American Civilization at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris (1983-84);
Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Political Science Association, the American Society of International Law, the Council on Foreign Relations, the French-American Foundation, French Historical Studies, the Association Française de Science Politique and the International Society of Political Psychology, of which he was also President (1984-85).

Among his most important works, we mention:
— Contemporary Theory in International Relations, Englewood Cliffs NJ, Prentice Hall, 1960;
— The State of War: Essays on the Theory and Practice of International Politics, London, Pall Mall Press, 1965. Also published by Praeger, New York;
— Gulliver’s Troubles, or the Setting of American Foreign Policy, New York, McGraw Hill, 1968;
— Primacy or World Order: American Foreign Policy since the Cold War, New York, 1978;
— Decline or Renewal: France since the 1930s, New York, Viking Press, 1974;
— Duties Beyond Borders: On the Limits and Possibilities of Ethical International Politics, New York, Syracuse University Press, 1981;
— Dead Ends: American Foreign Policy in the New Cold War, Cambridge MA, Ballinger, 1983;
— Janus and Minerva: Essays on the Theory and Practice of International Politics, Boulder CO, Westview Press, 1987;
— The European Sisyphus: Essays on Europe, 1964-1994, Boulder CO, Westview Press, 1995.

(October 1996)

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