Donald L. Horowitz

James B. Duke Professor Emeritus of Law and Political Science

External Address: 
Duke Law School 210 Science Dr, Duke Box 90362, Durham, NC 27708
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Duke Law School, Duke Box 90362, Durham, NC 27708-0360
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Comparative Politics

Donald L. Horowitz is the James B. Duke Professor Emeritus of Law and Political Science at Duke University and Senior Fellow at the International Forum for Democratic Studies of the National Endowment for Democracy.  He is the author of seven books: The Courts and Social Policy (1977), which won the Louis Brownlow Award of the National Academy of Public Administration; The Jurocracy (1977), a book about government lawyers; Coup Theories and Officers’ Motives: Sri Lanka in Comparative Perspective (1980); Ethnic Groups in Conflict (1985, 2000); A Democratic South Africa? Constitutional Engineering in a Divided Society (1991), which won the Ralph Bunche Prize of the American Political Science Association; The Deadly Ethnic Riot (2001); and Constitutional Change and Democracy in Indonesia, published in 2013 by Cambridge University Press.
Professor Horowitz has been a Visiting Professor at the University of Chicago Law School and at the Central European University and a Visiting Fellow at Wolfson College, Cambridge, at the Law Faculty of the University of Canterbury in New Zealand, at Universiti Kebangsaan in Malaysia, and in the Academic Icon program at the University of Malaya.  In 2001, he was Centennial Professor at the London School of Economics, and in 2001-02, he was a Carnegie Scholar. In 2009, he was presented with the Distinguished Scholar Award of the Ethnicity, Nationalism, and Migration Section of the International Studies Association.
Professor Horowitz is currently writing a book about constitutional design, particularly for divided societies, a subject on which he has advised in a number of countries. In 2010-11, he was a Fellow of the Woodrow Wilson Center, working on this project. In 2011-12, he was a Jennings Randolph Senior Fellow at the U.S. Institute of Peace and a Reagan-Fascell Fellow at the National Endowment for Democracy, and in 2013, he was a Siemens Prize Fellow of the American Academy in Berlin. Since September 2013, has been Senior Fellow at the International Forum for Democratic Studies of the National Endowment for Democracy in Washington, DC.  In 2014, he was a visiting professor in the Academic Icon Program of the University of Malaya, and in the following year he served as a Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the National University of Singapore. Elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1993, he served as President of the American Society for Political and Legal Philosophy from 2007 to 2010. In 2011, Professor Horowitz was awarded an honorary doctoral degree by the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, the Flemish-speaking Free University of Brussels.


  • Ph.D., Harvard University 1967
  • M.A., Harvard University 1965
  • LL.M., Harvard University 1962
  • LL.B., Syracuse University 1961
  • B.A., Syracuse University 1959

Horowitz, DL. "Irredentas and secessions: Adjacent phenomena, neglected connections." The Routledge Handbook of Ethnic Conflict: Second Edition. January 22, 2016. 155-164. Full Text

Diamond, L, Fukuyama, F, Horowitz, DL, and Plattner, MF. "Reconsidering the Transition Paradigm." Journal of Democracy 25.1 (2014): 86-100. Full Text

Horowitz, DL. "Ethnic Power Sharing: Three Big Problems." Journal of Democracy 25.2 (2014): 5-20. Full Text

Horowitz, DL. "Nein, Nein und Nochmals Nein: Ein Israelisch-Palästinensisches Abkommen Wird es so Schnell Nicht Geben." Internationale Politik 65.6 (November 1, 2010): 74-79.

Horowitz, DL. "Constitutional courts: A primer for decision makers." JOURNAL OF DEMOCRACY 17.4 (October 2006): 125-137. Full Text

Horowitz, DL. "Strategy takes a holiday - Fraenkel and Grofman on the alternative vote." COMPARATIVE POLITICAL STUDIES 39.5 (June 2006): 652-662. Full Text

Horowitz, DL. "The Alternative Vote and Interethnic Moderation: A Reply to Fraenkel and Grofman." Public Choice 121.3-4 (October 2004): 507-516. (Academic Article)

Horowitz, DL. "Electoral systems: A primer for decision makers." JOURNAL OF DEMOCRACY 14.4 (October 2003): 115-127. Full Text

Horowitz, DL. "Foreward: Compared to What?." Duke Journal of Comparative & International Law 13 (October 2003): 1-6. (Academic Article)

Horowitz, DL. "The cracked foundations of the right to secede." JOURNAL OF DEMOCRACY 14.2 (April 2003): 5-17. Full Text