Robert Owen Keohane

Princeton University
Political scientist; Educator
Social and Behavioral Sciences
Political Science

Robert O. Keohane is Professor of International Affairs, Princeton University. His research focuses on the politics of interdependence, or globalization, and the extent and conditions for international cooperation. Jointly with Joseph S. Nye, he has explored the implications of economic and environmental interdependence for power. He has used economic and political theory to account for the functioning of international institutions such as the World Trade Organization, and the extent to which the rules of such institutions are legalized. His joint work with Gary King and Sidney Verba seeks to show how qualitative research in the social sciences can be more scientific.

 He is the author of After Hegemony: Cooperation and Discord in the World Political Economy (1984) and Power and Governance in a Partially Globalized World (2002). He is co-author (with Joseph S. Nye, Jr.) of Power and Interdependence (third edition 2001), and (with Gary King and Sidney Verba) of Designing Social Inquiry (1994). He has served as the editor of the journal International Organization and as president of the International Studies Association and the American Political Science Association. He won the Grawemeyer Award for Ideas Improving World Order, 1989, and the Johan Skytte Prize in Political Science, 2005. He is a member of the American Philosophical Society, and the National Academy of Sciences. He has received honorary degrees from the University of Aarhus, Denmark, and Science Po in Paris, and is the Harold Lasswell Fellow (2007-08) of the American Academy of Political and Social Science.

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