Jon Elster is the Robert K. Merton Professor of Social Science at Columbia University and honorary professor at the College de France. His many books include Securities against Misrule: Juries, Assemblies, Elections; Alexis de Tocqueville: The First Social Scientist; and Ulysses and the Sirens: Studies in Rationality and Irrationality. He lives in Oslo, Norway.
[Jon Elster] has managed to plumb the depths of archives and combine that with his penetrating insight into human behaviour. The result is a very different picture of the motivations for the revolution instead of the usual 'let them eat cake' variety of history. ---Siddharth Singh, Open Magazine