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Robert M. Fishman

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Conex Professor of Political Science and Sociology or

 External calls: +34-91 624 8712
Internal calls: 28712

Office: 18.2.E.08

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Robert M. Fishman is Conex Professor of Political Science and Sociology in the Department of Social Sciences and the Instituto Carlos III - Juan March of Madrid´s Carlos III University.

Before coming to the Carlos III University Fisgman was Professor os Sociology and Kellogg Institute Fellow at the University of Notre Dame in the United States and prior to that, Associate Professor of Government and os Sociaol Studies at Harvard University. Fishman did his Ph.D. in Socioloogy at Yale University and is a member of both the American Political Science Association and the American Sociological Association. Fishman´s books include Democratic Practice: Origins of the Iberian Divide in Political Inclusion (Oxford University Press, 2019), Democracy´s Voices (Cornell University Press, 2004, Winner of Honorable Mention for Best  Book (2005) of the American Sociological Association´s Section of Political Sociology;Working-Class Organization and the Return to Democracy Spain (Cornell, 1990) and (with Anthony Messina) The Year of the Euro (University of Notre Dame Press, 2006). Both Democracy´s Voices and Working-Class Organization have been translated in to Spanish

and published by the Centro de Investigaciones Sociológicas. Fishman´s articles have been publiseh in the American  Sociological Review, Annual Review of Political Science, World Politics, Politics and Society, Comparative Politics, Theory and Society, Journal for the Scientific Sudy of Religion, Revoista Española de Investigaciones Socioloógicas, Studies in Comparative International Development, Contributions to Political Economy and South European Society and Politics as well as The New York Times.A 2013 article of his, co-authored wit Omar Lizardo, received the Tilly Prize of the ASA Section on Comparative and Historical Sociology.




Selected Publications


The Year of the Euro: The Cultural, Social and Political Import of Europe's Common Currency. (Co-edited with Anthony Messina). University of Notre Dame Press, 2006.
Democracy's Voices: Social Ties and the Quality of Public Life in Spain. Cornell University Press, 2004.
• Working-Class Organization and the Return to Democracy in Spain. Cornell University Press, 1990.

Selected articles, essays and book chapters:

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• Robert M. Fishman, Carlos Gervasoni and Keely Jones Stater, "Inequality and the Altruistic Life: A Study of the Priestly Vocation Rate" Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, 54: 575-595.

 • Democracy and Markets: Notes on a Twenty-First Century Paradox" in Daniel Brinks, Marcelo Leiras and Scott Mainwaring (eds.), Reflections on Uneven Democracies: The Legacy of Guillermo O'Donnell. (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2014).

 • Robert M. Fishman and Omar Lizardo, "How Macro-historical Change Shapes Cultural Taste: Legacies of Democratization in Spain and Portugal" in American Sociological Review (Volume 78, N2, April 2013)

--- Winner of Tilly Prize for Best Article, Section on Comparative and Historical Sociology, ASA.

 • "Anomalies of Spain's Economy and Economic Policy-making" in Contributions to Political Economy. (Volume 31, 2012)

 • "Democratic Practice after the Revolution: The Case of Portugal and Beyond" in Politics & Society. (Volutem 39, N2, June 2011).

 • "Rethinking the Iberian Transformations: How Democratization Scenarios Shaped Labor Market Outcomes" in Studies in Comparative International Development, V45(281-310), 2010.

 • "Shaping, not Making, Democracy: the European Union and the post-authoritarian political transformation of Spain and Portugal" in South European Society and Politics, V8 (1-2), 2003.
---Also in: Sebastian Royo and Paul Manuel (eds.), From Isolation to Integration: Fifteen Years of Spanish and Portuguese Membership in Europe, Frank Cass, 2003.


 Available below are the questionnarire and dataset for Democracy's Voices.