- Rethinking Social Inquiry: Diverse Tools, Shared Standards, 2nd expanded edition (co-authored and co-edited with Henry E. Brady). Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2010.
- Statistical Models and Causal Inference: A Dialogue with the Social Sciences (co-edited with Jasjeet Sekhon and Philip B. Stark). New York: Cambridge University Press, 2009.
- Concepts and Method in Social Science: The Tradition of Giovanni Sartori (co-edited with John Gerring). Oxford and New York: Routledge, 2009.
- Oxford Handbook of Political Methodology (co-edited with Janet Box-Steffensmeier and Henry E. Brady). Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008.
- Shaping the Political Arena: Critical Junctures, the Labor Movement, and Regime Dynamics in Latin America (with Ruth Berins Collier). Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1991. Reissued in 2002 by the University of Notre Dame Press, with a Preface by Guillermo O’Donnell, and a new Authors’ Note.
- The New Authoritarianism in Latin America (editor and co-author). Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1979. Published in both Spanish and in Portuguese, 1982.
- Squatters and Oligarchs: Authoritarian Rule and Policy Change in Peru. Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1976.
- "Putting Typologies to Work: Concept-Formation, Measurement, and Analytic Rigor." Political Research Quarterly, forthcoming (pdf)
- "Outdated Views of Qualitative Methods: Time to Move On." Political Analysis, 2010 (pdf)
- "A Sea Change in Political Methodology." In Rethinking Social Inquiry, 2010. (pdf)
- "Conceptual Hierarchies in Comparative Research". Chap. 10 in Concepts & Method in Social Science: The Tradition of Giovanni Sartori, 2009 (pdf)
- "Symposium: Case Selection, Case Studies, and Causal Inference." Newsletter of the American Political Science Association Organized Section for Qualitative and Multi-Method Research, Fall 2008 (pdf)
- "Qualitative and Multi-Method Research: Organizations, Publication, and Reflections on Integration". Chap. 34 in The Oxford Handbook of Political Methodology, 2008 (pdf)
- "Toward a Pluralistic Vision of Methodology." Political Analysis, 2006 (pdf)
- "Essentially Contested Concepts: Debates and Applications." Journal of Political Ideologies, 2006 (pdf)
- "Qualitative versus Quantitative: What Might this Distinction Mean?" Newsletter of the APSA Organized Section on Qualitative Methods, 2003. (pdf)
- "Measurement Validity: A Shared Standard for Qualitative and Quantitative Research." American Political Science Review, 2001 (pdf)
- "Bureaucratic Authoritarianism."In The Oxford Companion to Politics of the World, 2001. (pdf)
- "Democracy and Dichotomies: A Pragmatic Approach to Choices about Concepts" Annual Review of Political Science, 1999 (pdf)
- "Democracy with Adjectives: Conceptual Innovation in Comparative Research." World Politics, 1997 (pdf)
- "Insights and Pitfalls: Selection Bias in Qualitative Research." World Politics, 1996 (pdf)
- "Translating Quantitative Methods for Qualitative Researchers: The Case of Selection Bias." American Political Science Review, 1995 (pdf)
- "Trajectory of a Concept: 'Corporatism' in the Study of Latin American Politics." In Latin America in Comparative Perspective, 1995 (pdf)
- "Conceptual Stretching Revisited: Adapting Categories in Comparative Analysis." American Political Science Review, 1993 (pdf)
- "The Comparative Method" In Political Science: The State of the Discipline II, , 1993 (pdf)
- "Strategic Choice Models of Political Change in Latin America." Comparative Politics, 1992 (pdf)
- "Critical Junctures and Historical Legacies." In Collier and Collier, Shaping the Political Arena 1991 (pdf)
- "Inducements versus Constraints: Disaggregating Corporatism." American Political Science Review, 1979 (pdf)
- "Industrial Modernization and Political Change: A Latin American Perspective." World Politics, 1978 (pdf)
- "Who Does What, to Whom, and How: Toward a Comparative Analysis of Latin American Corporatism." In Authoritarianism and Corporatism in Latin America, 1977. (pdf)
- "Prerequisites versus Diffusion: Testing Alternative Explanations of Social Security Adoption." American Political Science Review, 1975 (pdf)
- "Timing of Economic Growth and Regime Characteristics in Latin America." Comparative Politics, 1975 (pdf)
- "Comparative Method in the 1990s," 1998 (pdf)
- "Comparative-Historical Analysis: Where do We Stand?" 1998 (pdf)
- "Data, Field Work, and Extracting New Ideas at Close Range," 1999 (pdf)
- "Building a Disciplined, Rigorous Center in Comparative Politics," 1999 (pdf)
Democracy and Authoritarianism
B.A., Harvard University
M.A. and Ph.D., University of Chicago
1. Recent Publications
a. Measurement Validation
c. Process Tracing
d. The Set-Theoretic Comparative Method (STCM)
2. Amazon Author Page
David Collier's research focuses on political methodology, including concept analysis, qualitative methods, and strategies of multi-method investigation. His current work is concerned with the challenges of integrating case-study and medium-N analysis.
Throughout his career, Collier has also studied democracy and authoritarianism, regime transitions, labor politics, party system dynamics, and class coalitions -- focusing primarily on Latin America. The major book he coauthored with Ruth Berins Collier, Shaping the Political Arena (1991, 2002), was one of the first extended, historical analyses of critical junctures and path dependence to be published in political science. Corresponding to these substantive interests, Collier's work on concept analysis includes numerous examples from the literature on democracy, authoritarianism, and regime change.
At Berkeley, Collier has been Chair of the Political Science Department and of the Center for Latin American Studies, and he was founding Co-Director of the Berkeley-Stanford Program in Latin American Studies. He has served as President of the Comparative Politics Section of the American Political Science Association, has been a Vice President of APSA, and was the Founding President of the APSA Organized Section for Qualitative and Multi-Method Research. He has played an active role in building the Institute for Qualitative and Multi-Method Research, an international training program held annually at Syracuse University. Collier is centrally involved in training scholars in the fields of Latin American politics, comparative politics, and methodology. He won Berkeley’s campus-wide Distinguished Faculty Mentor Award, as well as the Powell Graduate Student Mentoring Award of the APSA Comparative Politics Section.
Collier has been a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences. He is an elected Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and an elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
Letters from the President, Newsletter of the APSA Organized Section for Comparative Politics