Mason Faculty Members Publish New Books

Posted: July 27, 2004 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Several members of the George Mason faculty have recently published books or served as editors on major works. Here is a brief summary:

George Mason University Professor Emeritus Seymour Martin Lipset wrote with the late Noah M. Meltz, Rafael Gomez, and Ivan Katchanovski The Paradox of American Unionism: Why Americans Like Unions More than Canadians Do But Join Much Less, published by Cornell University Press this month. The book looks at comparative differences in union approval and membership between the United States and Canada. The authors present the findings of a sophisticated survey conducted in the two countries by the Ipsos-Reid polling group. Contrary to what other researchers have posited, the authors find that the sharp differences in union density over the past 30 years between these outwardly similar countries are largely attributable to their divergent political culture and values.

Charles Rowley, the Duncan Black Professor of Economics, edited the first volume in the 10 volume series, The Selected Works of Gordon Tullock, for Liberty Fund Inc. Tullock, University Professor of Law and Economics and distinguished research fellow in the Center for Study of Public Choice at George Mason, was a candidate for the 2003 Nobel Prize. The 450-page book, published this month, is titled Virginia Political Economy. The first volume brings together a selection of what Rowley sees as the best and most original of Tullock’s papers, and covers the full spectrum of his contributions over the period 1954-2002. Each volume in the series begins with an introduction by Rowley that sets the contributions into an appropriate historical and intellectual perspective. The book is available through the Liberty Fund’s web site.

Kristin Flieger Samuelian, English, has edited a new edition of Jane Austen’s Emma. The edition was published by Broadview Press this summer and includes a critical introduction and an extensive collection of historical documents relating to the composition and reception of the novel and the social implications and role of women at that time.

James Trefil, Robinson Professor of Physics, wrote Human Nature: A Blueprint for Managing the Earth—By People, for People published by Times Books/Henry Holt & Company. In it, he expresses concern for the state of the earth and argues that the global ecosystem should be managed for the benefit of its human residents. The book was reviewed in the July 4 issue of the Sunday New York Times Book Review.

Before the Empire of English: Literature, Provinciality, and Nationalism in Eighteenth-Century Britain is the title of a new book by Alok Yadav, assistant professor of English. Published by Palgrave Macmillan, the book argues that while most literary scholars of English literature have been inclined to view the English literary tradition as having had a “great” status since at least the age of Shakespeare, things look very different if we consider how the English-language literary tradition was viewed outside the British Isles.

Write to at