Amitai Etzioni

Communitarian Network; Institute for Communitarian Policy Studies, George Washington University

Amitai Etzioni is an Israeli-American sociologist, best known for his work on socioeconomics and communitarianism. He is director of the Institute for Communitarian Policy Studies at George Washington University and leads the Communitarian Network, a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to support the moral, social, and political foundations of society.

Etzioni was the founder of the communitarian movement in the early 1990s and established the Communitarian Network to disseminate the movement's ideas. His writings emphasize the importance for all societies to have a carefully crafted balance between rights and responsibilities and between autonomy and order.

In 2001, Etzioni was named among the top 100 American intellectuals, as measured by academic citations, in Richard Posner's book, Public Intellectuals: A Study of Decline.

Last Updated: June 27, 2017