Like most of his age peers, he dropped out of high school at age sixteen, following which he worked in a variety of industrial plants. He learned in those plants a large range of specialized industrial occupations, including the treatment of steels as high temperatures. LaPalombara, a high-school dropout, spent the years of World War II at specialized jobs in defense industries. A special wartime-related admissions program of the University of Illinois permitted him to enroll in and eventually to graduate with highest honors from that institution. In addition to his academic honors e.
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Like most of his age peers, he dropped out of high school at age sixteen, following which he worked in a variety of industrial plants. He learned in those plants a large range of specialized industrial occupations, including the treatment of steels as high temperatures. LaPalombara, a high-school dropout, spent the years of World War II at specialized jobs in defense industries. A special wartime-related admissions program of the University of Illinois permitted him to enroll in and eventually to graduate with highest honors from that institution.
In addition to his academic honors e. Following a short teaching stint at Oregon State University , LaPalombara enrolled at Princeton University , the institution from which he was awarded the Ph. His teaching in the United States has included visiting-professorships at the University of California Berkeley and Columbia University.
Most recently, LaPalombara also taught at the University of Bergamo. Earlier in his career, he was a consultant to the Ford and the Rockefeller foundations, the Social Science Research Council, and other major American foundations. He later shifted his consulting to the private industrial sphere, beginning with a stint as a senior advisor to the National Industrial Conference Board of New York.
There then followed consultancies with U. Consultancies led him eventually to become a founder and first president of a New York consultancy, Multinational Strategies, Incorporated. In diplomacy he did a short stint as First Secretary in charge of the cultural section of the U. Embassy, at Rome, Italy. He taught in SOM for five years at that time, and again just before he formally retired in the year Since that time, and in every academic year that followed, he has taught for advanced undergraduate students a seminar on the overseas investments of global firms.
Scholarship[ edit ] LaPalombara has been a leading figure in the sphere of political science denominated "comparative politics. The Committee functioned as one aspect of a so-called behavioral revolution which pointed in a more empirical direction the comparative study of political systems.
Along that same vein, LaPalombara also published a heralded textbook, Politics Within Nations a tome that sought to light the way to a more realistic study of the politics of many countries. His research has been characterized by extensive writing on the topic of interest-group theory, and its application to political phenomenon both in the United States and abroad. LaPalombara in published both a monograph and an article in the American Political Science Review on the interest-group-centered study of political dynamics.
He published, in English and in Rivista Italiana di Politiche Pubbliche, another article on this subject in Research[ edit ] LaPalombara has conducted extensive research inside the United States, as well as internationally in countries such as Italy and Vietnam.
His research and writing on Italy has won him many awards; further, the publication of Democracy Italian Style Yale University Press, won him plaudits from writers like Gore Vidal and Umberto Eco. For Prentice-Hall, LaPalombara once edited a series of short books, depicting what was new and important in comparative politics. Widely recognized and admired scholars wrote for this series.
It helped that this was also a time when the Yale political science department numbered several brilliant scholars of worldwide renown. His attention turned to the important role played by multinational corporations, or global firms—both in the international economy and in the evolutionary prospects of LDCs , or less developed countries. All of them address problems, at home and abroad, created by foreign direct investments made by American and foreign international firms.
The field has exploded since a time when LaPalombara was among its pioneers. They join the several hundred journal articles and book chapters he has published, to establish him as a significant scholar in his field see list below. Indeed, he serves as the U. He is also a founding member of the Italian Social Science Council. In this regard, and along with several other Italian and American scholars, the CSS Committee arguably served to introduce in Italy advanced research methods in all of the social sciences.
Indeed, before the CNN and the U. Journalism[ edit ] In addition to his experience as a teacher, an academic researcher, or an industrial consultant, LaPalombara has sought to use journalism to further the systematic empirical study of the political process. He has therefore published hundreds of articles for Corriere della Sera, La Repubblica, Il Messaggero and many other Italian newspapers and magazines.
For many years he was both the U. For many years, LaPalombara, as editor, published introductions to numbers of this magazine. As a consultant for several financial groups, LaPalombara also provided a running analysis of what might be transpiring, politically, in Italy.
Honors and Accolades[ edit ] LaPalombara has been honored not only by the Republic of Italy, which has welcomed him into its distinguished association for the Order of Merit. He is also a recipient of medals from the Senate and from the Constituational Court of Italy. The latter was responsible, over the years, for bringing a large number of young scholars into the world of teaching and scholarship.
He is currently the American president of Reset Dialogues-USA, a non-profit organization devoted to closing the gap between the Arab world and other Western ethnicities.