100 Best Political Science Books


Political science is a branch of social science that is concerned with theory, description, analysis and prediction of political behavior, political systems and politics.

1. The Republic by Plato


2. On Liberty by John Stuart Mill


3. A Theory of Justice by John Rawls


4. The Human Condition by Hannah Arendt


5. Anarchy, State, and Utopia by Robert Nozick


6. Law’s Empire by Ronald Dworkin


7. Democracy And Education by John Dewey


8. Man, the State, and War by Kenneth N. Waltz


9. Democracy in America by Alexis de Tocqueville


10. The Marx-Engels Reader by Robert C. Tucker; Karl Marx; Friedrich Engels


11. Unequal Democracy: The Political Economy of the New Gilded Age by Larry M. Bartels


12. The Rational Public by Benjamin I. Page; Robert Y. Shapiro


13. Discourses on Livy by Niccolo Machiavelli


14. An Economic Theory of Democracy by Anthony Downs


15. Imagined Communities by Benedict Anderson


16. Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media by Noam Chomsky; Edward S. Herman


17. The Civic Culture: Political Attitudes and Democracy in Five Nations by Gabriel Abraham Almond; Sidney Verba


18. Who Governs?: Democracy and Power in an American City by Robert Dahl


19. Seeing like a State: How Certain Schemes to Improve the Human Condition Have Failed by James Scott


20. The Tragedy of American Diplomacy by William Appleman Williams


21. Golden Rule: The Investment Theory of Party Competition and the Logic of Money-Driven Political Systems by Thomas Ferguson


22. Why Americans Hate Welfare: Race, Media, and the Politics of Antipoverty Policy by Martin Gilens


23. Multiculturalism by Charles Taylor; Jurgen Habermas


24. Democracy’s Discontent: America in Search of a Public Philosophy by Michael J. Sandel


25. Coercion, Capital and European States: AD 990–1992 by Charles Tilly


26. Discourse on Inequality by Jean-Jacques Rousseau


27. Weber: Political Writings by Max Weber


28. The Limits of State Action by Wilhelm von Humboldt; J. W. Burrow


29. The Tragedy of Great Power Politics by John J. Mearsheimer


30. Karl Marx’s Theory of History by G. A. Cohen


31. A History of Political Theory by George H. Sabine


32. The Subject of Liberty: Toward a Feminist Theory of Freedom by Nancy J. Hirschmann


33. After Hegemony by Robert O. Keohane


34. World-Systems Analysis: An Introduction by Immanuel Wallerstein


35. Lawless World by Philippe Sands


36. The Authority of Law by Joseph Raz


37. One-Dimensional Man by Herbert Marcuse


38. A Revolution of the Mind: Radical Enlightenment and the Intellectual Origins of Modern Democracy by Jonathan I. Israel


39. Politics Among Nations by Hans Morgenthau


40. The American Voter by Angus Campbell; Philip Converse; Warren Miller


41. An Essay on the History of Civil Society by Adam Ferguson


42. The Primacy of Politics: Social Democracy and the Making of Europe’s Twentieth Century by Sheri Berman


43. The Birth of Fascist Ideology by Zeev Sternhell


44. The Specter of Communism: The United States and the Origins of the Cold War, 1917–1953 by Melvyn Leffler; Eric Foner


45. Political Dissent in Democratic Athens: Intellectual Critics of Popular Rule by Josiah Ober


46. Bombing to Win: Air Power and Coercion in War by Robert A. Pape


47. Nations and Nationalism by Ernest Gellner


48. The Organizational State: Social Choice in National Policy Domains by Edward O. Laumann; David Knoke


49. Saving Strangers: Humanitarian Intervention in International Society by Nicholas Wheeler


50. The Nature and Origins of Mass Opinion by John Zaller


51. Strong Democracy by Benjamin Barber


52. The American Age: United States Foreign Policy at Home and Abroad 1750 to the Present by Walter LaFeber


53. Patterns of Democracy: Government Forms and Performance in Thirty-Six Countries by Arend Lijphart


54. Power: A Radical View by Steven Lukes


55. Social Origins of Dictatorship and Democracy by Barrington Moore


56. Making Democracy Work: Civic Traditions in Modern Italy by Robert D. Putnam


57. The Federalist by Alexander Hamilton; James Madison; John Jay


58. Essays on Political Morality by R. M. Hare


59. The Anarchical Society: A Study of Order in World Politics by Hedley Bull


60. The Rule of Law by Tom Bingham


61. Think Tanks in America by Thomas Medvetz


62. Second Treatise of Government by John Locke; C. B. Macpherson


63. Liberty: Incorporating Four Essays on Liberty by Isaiah Berlin


64. Twenty Years’ Crisis, 1919–1939: An Introduction to the Study of International Relations by E. H. Carr


65. The Sovereign State and Its Competitors by Hendrik Spruyt


66. Multicultural Citizenship: A Liberal Theory of Minority Rights by Will Kymlicka


67. Fear: The History of a Political Idea by Corey Robin


68. The Modern Corporation and American Political Thought: Law, Power, and Ideology by Scott Bowman


69. Philosophy and Real Politics by Raymond Geuss


70. Republicanism: A Theory of Freedom and Government by Philip Pettit


71. On War by Carl von Clausewitz


72. The Sorrows of Empire: Militarism, Secrecy, and the End of the Republic by Chalmers Johnson


73. The Political Theory of Possessive Individualism: Hobbes to Locke by C. B. Macpherson


74. A Vindication of the Rights of Woman by Mary Wollstonecraft


75. The Political Economy of European Welfare Capitalism by Daniel Wincott; Colin Hay


76. The Foundations of Modern Political Thought: Volume 1, The Renaissance by Quentin Skinner


77. The Open Society and Its Enemies by Karl Popper


78. Presidential Power and the Modern Presidents by Richard E. Neustadt


79. Blood and Debt: War and the Nation-State in Latin America by Miguel Angel Centeno


80. No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA, and the U.S. Surveillance State by Glenn Greenwald


81. Democracy Incorporated: Managed Democracy and the Specter of Inverted Totalitarianism by Sheldon S. Wolin


82. The Enigma of Japanese Power by Karel Van Wolferen


83. The Retreat of the State: The Diffusion of Power in the World Economy by Susan Strange


84. The Politics of Switzerland: Continuity and Change in a Consensus Democracy by Hanspeter Kriesi; Alexander H. Trechsel


85. Authority and the Individual by Bertrand Russell


86. The Power Elite by C. Wright Mills


87. Rights of Man by Thomas Paine


88. Institutions and Ethnic Politics in Africa by Daniel N. Posner


89. The Black Man’s Burden: Africa and the Curse of the Nation-State by Basil Davidson


90. The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy by John J. Mearsheimer; Stephen Walt


91. Hume: Political Essays by David Hume


92. The Political Forms of Modern Society: Bureaucracy, Democracy, Totalitarianism by Claude Lefort


93. States and Social Revolutions: A Comparative Analysis of France, Russia and China by Theda Skocpol


94. The Fall of the House of Labor: The Workplace, the State, and American Labor Activism, 1865–1925 by David Montgomery


95. The Wretched of the Earth by Frantz Fanon; Jean-Paul Sartre


96. Green Political Thought by Andrew Dobson


97. Myths of Empire: Domestic Politics and International Ambition by Jack Snyder


98. The Evolution of Modern States: Sweden, Japan, and the United States by Sven Steinmo


99. Theories of Distributive Justice by John Roemer


100. The Logic of Violence in Civil War by Stathis N. Kalyvas


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