James Q. Wilson has passed away at 80

He was one of America’s leading social scientists, here is one appreciation.  Here is his Wikipedia page.  Here is a 1995 interview with Reason magazine.  Here is Wilson on scholar.google.com.  Here is his address on the moral sense (pdf).  Here is one of his famous essays on police behavior.  Here are some remarks in praise of Wilson.  Here are many more links.

I think of him as one of the few people who had a truly famous and memorable middle initial.


His book Bureaucracy was, and perhaps still is, the definitive study of how to manage public agencies.

And not only that, it was interesting, a major feat for a book on bureaucracy. Every time I teach public administration, I'm grateful for him.

High praise indeed.

I feel like Tyler is engaging in a meta-tribute to Wilson by policing (through deletion) every small-ish violation of taste and decorum on this thread, hoping thereby to avoid (theoretically) a worse state of affairs.

Maybe our blogger's plan will happily coincide with a just prior massive nationwide decrease in internet incivility for reasons having nothing to do with his actions.

you are used to pay colorful, significant tributes to many in the past,
for you to think of a towering figure like Wilson by his middle initial is demeaning to say the least

"I think of [James Q. Wilson] as one of the few people who had a truly famous and memorable middle initial."

After the sovereign precedent, of course, of Mr. John Public.

I always like when a man has "Jay" for a middle name - Albert Jay Nock, Alan Jay Lerner, Bruce Jay Friedman, John Jay Cobjingleheimerschmidt...

"The Sinatra of Social Science" - The American (AEI) on James Q. Wilson

That's odd - I always thought of Mario Rizzo as the Frank Sinatra, and Gerry O'Driscoll as the John McCormack, of Austrian economists, and Frank Sinatra as the Vilfredo Pareto of pop, and Tony Bennett its Enrico Barone.

Now we know who CBBB really was.

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