Dylan John Riley
I study capitalism, socialism, democracy, authoritarianism, and knowledge regimes in a broad comparative and historical perspective. My first book, The Civic Foundations of Fascism in Europe: Italy, Spain, and Romania 1870-1945 (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2010), argues that fascist regimes arose paradoxically on the basis of strong civil societies in the pre-fascist period. Reviewers have called this book “the most original and provocative new analysis of the preconditions of Fascism that has appeared in years”, and “brilliant and courageous”. A second book How Societies and States Count: A Comparative Genealogy of Censuses (with Rebecca Jean Emigh and Patricia Ahmed in preparation for Palgrave), argues, against state centered accounts of official information that censuses work best where there is intense interaction between state and society. In addition I have started a new project investigating the connection between the meaning and substance of democracy in interwar and post-war Europe. I have published articles in the American Journal of Sociology, American Sociological Review, Catalyst, Comparative Studies in Society and History, Comparative Sociology, Social Science History, The Socio-Economic Review and the New Left Review. I am a member of the editorial committee of the New Left Review.
- 2015a. "Property Leading the People?" New Left Review. 95: 109–125.
- 2015b. "The New Durkheim: Bourdieu and the State." Critical Historical Studies. 2: 261–279.
- 2015c. "The Racialization of Legal Categories in the First US Census." Social Science History. 39:485–519, (with Rebecca Jean Emigh, and Patricia Ahmed).
- 2014a. "Beyond Strong and Weak: Rethinking Postdictatorship Civil Societies." American Journal of Sociology. 120: 432–503, (with Juan J. Fernández).
- 2014b. "The Third Reich as Rogue Regime." Historical Materialism. 22: 330–350.
- 2014c. "Back to Weber!" Contemporary Sociology. 43: 627–629.
- 2014d. "Southern Questions." New Left Review. 85: 147–160.
- 2013. "Routes or Rivals? Social Citizenship, Capitalism, and War in the Twentieth Century." Contemporary Sociology. 42: 484–494.
- 2012a."Neo-Tocquevillian Marxism: Erik Olin Wright's Real Utopias." Socio-Economic Review. 10: 375–381.
- 2012b. "Bernstein's Heirs." New Left Review. 76: 136–150.
- 2011a. "Hegemony and Democracy in Gramsci's Prison Notebooks." California Italian Studies. 2:2.
- 2011b. "Tony Judt: A Cooler Look". New Left Review. 71: 31-63.
- 2009. "Freedom's Triumph? The Defeat of Democracy in Luciano Canfora." New Left Review. 56: 43–59.
- 2008. "The Historical Logic of Logics of History." Social Science History. 32: 555–565.
- 2007a. "Democracy's Graveyards?" New Left Review. 48: 125–136.
- 2007b. "The Paradox of Positivism." Social Science History. 31: 115–126.
- 2007c. "The Passive Revolutionary Route to the Modern World: Italy and India in Comparative Perspective." Comparative Studies in Society and History 49: 1–33, (with second author Manali Desai).
- 2007d. "Explaining Macro-Regional Trends in Global Income Inequalities, 1950-2000." Socio-Economic Review. 5: 81–115.
- 2005. "Civic Associations and Authoritarian Regimes in Inter-War Europe: Italy and Spain in Comparative Perspective." American Sociological Review 70: 288–310.
- 2004. "The Enigmas of Fascism." New Left Review 30: 134–147.
- 2003. "Property and Privilege: The Political Foundations of Failed Class Formation in Eighteenth-Century Austrian Lombardy." Comparative Studies in Society and History 45: 190–213.
- 2002. "Post Colonial Journeys: Historical Roots of Immigration and Assimilation." Comparative Sociology 1: 169–191, (with second author Rebecca Emigh).