Jeffrey Friedman

Max Weber Fellow, IASS

Visiting Scholar, Department of Government, University of Texas at Austin

B.A., Brown
M.A., Berkeley
M.A., Ph.D, Yale

Jeffrey Friedman, a visiting scholar in the Department of Government, University of Texas at Austin, received a BA in philosophy and history from Brown, an MA in European history from Berkeley, and an MA and Ph.D. in political science from Yale. He has taught political theory and social-science methodology at Dartmouth, Harvard, and Barnard. While in history graduate school, he founded Critical Review: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Politics and Society, which he has edited for 22 years, and where he has confined most of his publication, including “What’s Wrong with Libertarianism” (1997), “Popper, Weber, and Hayek: The Epistemology and Politics of Ignorance” (2005), “Democratic Competence in Normative and Positive Theory” (2006), “‘A Weapon in the Hands of the People': The Rhetorical Presidency in Historical and Contextual Context” (2007), “The Irrelevance of Economic Theory to Understanding Economic Ignorance” (2008), and “A Crisis of Politics, Not Economics: Complexity, Ignorance, and Policy Failure” (2009). He is the editor of The Rational Choice Controversy: Economic Models of Politics Reconsidered (Yale University Press, 1996) and What Caused the Financial Crisis (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2010); and is coauthor of the forthcoming Engineering the Perfect Storm: Banking Regulations and the Financial Crisis (University of Pennsylvania Press).