The Case for Policy-Focused Political Analysis
Speaker: Paul Pierson
Date: April 27, 2012
Time: 12:30 PM
PAUL PIERSON is the John Gross Professor of Political Science at the University of California at Berkeley. His most recent book is “Winner-Take-All Politics: How Washington Made the Rich Richer and Turned Its Back on the Middle Class,” co-authored by Jacob Hacker. Pierson is an active commentator on public affairs, whose writings have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The Washington Post, and The New Republic.
Pierson’s “Dismantling the Welfare State? Reagan, Thatcher, and the Politics of Retrenchment,” won the American Political Science Association's 1995 prize for the best book on American national politics. His article “Path Dependence, Increasing Returns and the Study of Politics” won the APSA’s prize for the best article in the American Political Science Review in 2000, as well as the Aaron Wildavsky Prize for its enduring contribution to the field of public policy, awarded by the Public Policy Section of the APSA in 2011. He has served on the editorial boards of The American Political Science Review, Perspectives on Politics, and The Annual Review of Political Science.
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