Erik Moberg

Written by Erik Moberg

Erik Moberg received his Ph.D. at the University of Gothenburg. He has worked at the Swedish Research of National Defense, as an energy consultant, and currently as a journalist. He is author of numerous works, with his latest being Toward a Science of the States: Their Evolution and Properties.

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1. The Problems

Bo Rothstein starts his paper "The Universal Welfare State as a Social Dilemma" with two alleged empirical observations. One is that the welfare state programs of the industrialized Western nations are widely different in "quality and scope". The other is that these differences have developed in the last few decades and thus are a quite recent phenomenon. "If…

In its 13th volume Rationality and Society published an article by Bo Rothstein entitled "The Universal Welfare State as a Social Dilemma" (Rothstein, 2001). Rothstein opens his article by presenting two "major findings" (all quotations here from Rothstein’s article are from its two first pages).
The first one is that "well-known differences [. . . ] exist in the quality and…


Self-Interest and Public Interest in Western Politics. Leif Lewin. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991.

 
Leif Lewin's book Self-Interest and Public Interest in Western Politics contains, as a main theme, an attack on public-choice theory. This theme, however, is not in any way revealed by the rather neutral title of the book, nor by the publisher's text on the back-cover, nor by…

To a large extent I appreciate Thomas Varacalli’s review of my book Towards a Science of States: their Evolution and Properties. Most important, perhaps, is that we agree about the present crisis in the political science discipline, a crises which according to Varacalli consists in a conflict between empiricists and political philosophers about the soul of the discipline. And therefore,…