Professor Henry Teune
Project Director of the Democracy and Local Governance  

John Hall


Professor Henry Teune is currently professor of Political Science at the University of Pennsylvania as well as Project Director of the Democracy and Local Governance, an ongoing international research group that has interviewed over 17,000 local political leaders in samples of local governments in 30 countries and which has received support from the U.S. National Science Foundation, the U.S. Institute of Peace, the Central European University, as well as governmental agencies and foundations in several countries.

He is also the principal investigator in an NSF research project, "Universities as Sites of Democratic Education" as part of an International Consortium program on Universities and civic Responsibility. The research is being conducted in collaboration with the Council Europe and other groups in Africa and Asia.

Dr. Teune is a member of the editorial boards of Comparative Political Studies and the Journal of Theoretical Politics. He was chairman of the Screening Committee, Council for the International Exchange of Scholars (political science), President of the International Studies Association (1981-82), and until 1994 a member of the Executive Committee of the International Sociological Association and the chairman of its Statues Revision Committee. He is now President of the Research Committee on the "Politics of Local-Global Relations" of the International Political Science Association, and President of the Research Committee on Conceptual and Terminological Analysis and Vice-President of the thematic group on the Sociology of Local-Global Relations and the Research Committee on Comparative Sociology of the International Sociological Association.


Selected Publications:

  • 1995. “Local Governance Around the World” (Editor and contributor), The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, Vol. 540, July.
  • 1993.(with Betty M. Jacob and Krzysztof Ostrowski) Democracy and Local Governance: Ten Empirical Studies. (University of Hawaii)
  • 1978. (with Zdravko Mlinar) The Developmental Logic of Social Systems. (Sage)
  • 1978. (with Zdravko Mlinar) The Social Ecology of Change: From Equilibrium to Development. (Sage)
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