Audible has a surprising selection of works on political science. While many important works in political science remain unrecorded, there is a large selection of scholarly works already available. Indeed, some quality works are available through public libraries from apps like Overdrive and many works in the public domain are available for free from Librivox.
Unfortunately, there is rarely any distinction between an academic work of political science and a popular work about politics. There is a large difference for the scholar between Francis Fukuyama’s The End of History and Tucker Carlson’s Ship of Fools. The list below is designed to encourage those interested in serious political theory to supplement their reading with the many audiobooks already available. My hope is more works will become recorded as demand for academic works on political science demonstrate proven demand.
Political Science on Audible
Elizabeth C. Economy – The Third Revolution: Xi Jinping and the New Chinese State
Nic Cheeseman and Brian Klaas – How to Rig an Election
Patrick J. Deneen – Why Liberalism Failed
Robert Putnam – Bowling Alone
Ryszard Legutko – The Demon in Democracy
Robert A. Dahl – On Democracy
Samuel P. Huntington – The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order
Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt – How Democracies Die – I found this through my local library’s Overdrive app for free.
Thomas Piketty – Capital in the Twenty-First Century
William A. Galston – Anti-Pluralism: The Populist Threat to Liberal Democracy
Yascha Mounk – The People vs. Democracy
Political Classics on Librivox
Librivox uses volunteers to record public domain audiobooks. The quality is inconsistent and multiple readers will often read different sections of the same work. This can make the experience a little disorienting. However, everything is free. Plus their catalog has become quite extensive. Here is a small list of recommended titles.
Adam Smith – The Wealth of Nations – Note this is divided into 4 volumes
Alexander Hamilton, James Madison and John Jay – The Federalist Papers
Alexis De Tocqueville – Democracy in America – Note this is divided into two volumes
Aristotle – Politics
Jean-Jacques Rousseau – The Social Contract
John Locke – Two Treatises of Civil Government
Niccolò Machiavelli – The Prince
Plato – The Republic
Audible Wish List
These titles are not available on Audible. But I hope some Audible executive will stumble on this website and add them to their growing catalog.
Samuel P. Huntington – The Third Wave: Democratization in the Late 20th Century
Francis Fukuyama – America at the Crossroads: Democracy, Power, and the Neoconservative Legacy
Frances McCall Rosenbluth and Ian Shapiro – Responsible Parties: Saving Democracy from Itself