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Mildred A. Schwartz, "Remembering Seymour Martin Lipset," Party Politics, 13 (May 2007), 283-285.

First paragraph:
Seymour Martin Lipset died on December 31 2006, in his 84th year. During an exceptionally productive career he taught at the University of Toronto, Columbia, Berkeley, Harvard, Stanford, and George Mason universities; held the presidencies of the American Sociological Association, the American Political Science Association, the International Society of Political Psychology, and the World Association for Public Opinion Research; and received numerous awards for his work.

Second Paragraph:
Lipset had a profound influence on sociology and political science, producing widely read and cited works, translated into multiple languages. His interests ranged over topics including, but not restricted to, voting behavior, public opinion, trade unions, social stratification, American Jewry, student movements, and the conditions for democracy. Explicitly or not, all his work has implications for understanding political parties. Venues for his interests extended from the United States to Canada, Latin America, Japan, and Europe. He took inspiration from theorists as varied as Werner Sombart, Robert Michels, Alexis de Tocqueville, and Talcott Parsons to make his own theoretical contributions. Those contributions were based on a strong appreciation of history, empirical research, and comparative analysis.

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