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Daniel Ziblatt

Professor of Government & Resident Faculty, CES

Daniel Ziblatt

Professor of Government & Resident Faculty, CES


Daniel Ziblatt

Daniel Ziblatt is Professor of Government at Harvard, specializing in the study of European politics, state-building, democratization and historical political economy. His first book, Structuring the State: The Formation of Italy and Germany and the Puzzle of Federalism (2006), draws lessons from nineteenth century experiences of state-building in Italy and Germany for political change today and was the winner of the best book prize in European Politics and Society from the American Political Science Association and two other prizes. He is the co-editor of the The Historical Turn in Democratization Studies (2010), and is completing a book Conservative Political Parties and the Birth of Modern Democracy in Europe (2017), which offers a new interpretation of the historical democratization of Europe, drawing lessons for new and old democracy's under siege today. Ziblatt has been a visiting professor in Paris at the École Normale Supérieure and Sciences Po. He has had visiting positions in Berlin, at the University of Konstanz, the University of Munich, and the Max Planck Institute, Cologne, Germany.


  • Professor of Government, Harvard University
  • Resident Faculty, CES, Harvard University
  • Faculty Associate, Weatherhead Center for International Affairs
  • Faculty Associate, Institute of Quantitative Social Science


Ziblatt, Daniel. Structuring the State: the Formation of Italy and Germany and the Puzzle of Federalism (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2006).

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The following articles focus on Ziblatt's research for his forthcoming book on conservative parties and the lessons of the political history of Europe's democratization for contemporary democracies:

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