| Steven Klein | Political Theory | Florida |

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I am Assistant Professor of Political Science and University Term Professor (2018-2021) at the University of Florida. Beginning Fall of 2020, I will be a Lecturer of Political Theory in the Department of Political Economy, King’s College London. In Fall 2019, I was a Berlin Prize Fellow at the American Academy in Berlin.

Klein Photo updatedBefore coming to Florida, I was a Max Weber Fellow at the European University Institute. I completed my PhD at the University of Chicago in 2016. I am 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-century Germany). My first book, The Work of Politics: Making a Democratic Welfare State, is forthcoming from Cambridge University Press. I am also working on a second book project that draws together the thought of Karl Polanyi with the tradition of critical social theory to develop an account of the contemporary politics of debt.

Academic Articles

European Law and the Dilemmas of Democratic Capitalism (Global Perspectives, 2020)

Democracy Requires Organized Power: On the Limits of Liberal Proceduralism (Working Paper)

The Power of Money: Critical Theory, Democracy, and Capitalism (Constellations: An International Journal of Critical and Democratic Theory, 2020)

Toward a Dynamic Theory of Civil Society: The Politics of Forward and Backward Infiltration (Sociological Theory, forthcoming, with Cheol-Sung Lee)

Fictitious Freedom: A Polanyian Critique of the Republican Revival (AJPS 2017)

Between Charisma and Domination: On Max Weber’s Critique of Democracy (JoP 2017)

“Fit to Enter the World”: Hannah Arendt on Politics, Economics, and the Welfare State (APSR 2014)


Coronavirus Against the Market (Tribune, with Anton Jäger)

In the Red: Democracy in an Age of Debt (The Berlin Journal)

Socialism and Freedom: Karl Polanyi’s Early Writings (LA Review of Books)

The New Science Wars (Chronicle Review)

Against Civility, or Why Habermas Recommends a Wild Public Sphere (Aeon)

A Serious Man (The Baffler, with John Ganz)