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Steven Klein

Steven Klein

Assistant Professor

Ph.D, University of Chicago, 2016


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Steven Klein is a political theorist with research interests in democratic theory, critical social theory, theories of political economy, and the history of European social and political thought (especially of 19th and 20th Germany). Thematically, his work addresses concerns such as the nature of social domination and the relationship between democratic action and the institutional structure of the welfare state and capitalism. He is currently working on two book projects. The first examines the politics of democratic world-building in the modern welfare state. Drawing on the thought of Max Weber, Hannah Arendt, and Jürgen Habermas, the book theorizes how social movements can use welfare institutions to transform structures of domination in society. The second project uses the thought of Karl Polanyi to develop a vision of the democratic governance of the economy and to critique dominant strands of political theory for accepting a narrow, depoliticized view of economic institutions. His articles have appeared in the American Political Science Review, the American Journal of Political Science, and the Journal of Politics. He has held fellowships from the European University Institute, the Mellon Foundation, and the “Transformations of the State” Research Cluster at the Universität Bremen.