Max Weber research
The research encompasses many aspects of Weber’s thought: his idea of modernity as a “steel-hard shell” (which Talcott Parsons mistakenly rendered as an “iron cage”), his analysis of the 1905 and 1917 Russian Revolutions, his 1904-05 article on “The Protestant Ethic and the ‘Spirit’ of Capitalism” and Weber’s responses to critics. In particular the Weber research identifies the sources and maps the dimensions of Weber’s political theory of “Caesarism,” showing how it morphed into the far more famous theory of Charisma.
- Caesarism, Charisma and Fate: Historical Sources and Modern Resonances in the Work of Max Weber (Author), New Brunswick, N.J. Transaction, 2008, pp. 243.
- Journal of Classical Sociology. Special Issue on the Centenary of Max Weber’s “Protestant Ethic”. Guest Editor. 5:1 (2005).
- The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism and Other Writings (Co-editor/translator [with Gordon C. Wells]), New York: Penguin, 2002, pp. 392.
- “Max Weber and the Avatars of Caesarism,” in Dictatorship in History and Theory: Bonapartism, Caesarism, Totalitarianism (Co-editor [with Melvin Richter] and contributor), Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004, pp. 155-174.
- “The Iron Cage and the Shell as Hard as Steel: Parsons, Weber and the stahlhartes Gehäuse metaphor in The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism,” History and Theory 40:2, 2001, pp. 153-169.
- Max Weber: The Russian Revolutions, (Co-editor/translator, Gordon C. Wells), Cornell University Press, 1995, pp. 287.