It is with sadness that we have learned that our dear colleague Theodore J. Lowi has passed away on February 17. Within several weeks of the passing of Jean LaPonce, over whose loss we were still grieving, we have lost another pillar of IPSA, a scholar whose contribution to the development and prosperity of IPSA will always be remembered with a deep sense of appreciation.
Those who did not get to know Ted personally had most probably met him through his books. His handbook on American government has been a companion for generation of students for over forty years. His classic text on The End of Liberalism is considered a landmark interpretation of contemporary political economy and contributed to Ted Lowi’s reputation as the most influential political scientist in an APSA poll in 1978. Lowi’s scientific personality was a unique mix of extraordinary empirical knowledge and bold theoretical vision. With his Arenas of Power fourfold scheme he laid new and lasting grounds for the study of public policy, «bringing the state back in» political discourse with a sharp departure from traditional behavioral analysis. His encompassing culture culminated, in the late years of his career, in two encyclopedic works, American Political Thought, with Isaac Kramnick, and Hyperpolitics: An Interactive Dictionary of Political Science Concepts, with Mauro Calise.
Those who had the privilege of knowing him will remember him, in addition to his outstanding scholarship, for his energy, humor, and occasionally his temper that disappeared as quickly as it appeared. His spirited personality created a unique continuum between his mesmerizing lecturing oratory and his fascinating writing style, also a result of Ted’s unique technique in creating all of his texts by dictating them verbatim on a tape-recorder, and only adding minor revisions on the typed draft.
He served as the president of IPSA (1997-2000) and spent his best energies for the development of an international community of political science scholars. We will miss him. May he rest in peace.