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Jacob S. Hacker

Affiliated Scholar

Jacob S. Hacker (Ph.D., Yale, 2000) is professor of political science at Yale and resident fellow of the Institution for Social and Policy Studies. He is also a fellow at the New America Foundation, a participant in the American Political Science Association’s Task Force on Inequality and American Democracy, a member of the National Academy of Social Insurance, and a former junior fellow of the Harvard Society of Fellows.

A political scientist who studies U.S. public policy in historical and cross-national perspective, he is currently heading a Social Science Research Council project on the "privatization of risk" (http://privatizatonofrisk.ssrc.org). Professor Hacker has published books and papers on government reform, income volatility, and social policy. He is also the author of two previous books: The Road to Nowhere: The Genesis of President Clinton’s Plan for Health Security (Princeton University Press, 1997), which was co-winner of the 1997 Louis Brownlow Book Award of the National Academy of Public Administration; and The Divided Welfare State: The Battle over Public and Private Social Benefits in the United States (Cambridge University Press, 2002), which, as a dissertation, received awards from the American Political Science Association, the Association of Public Policy Analysis and Management, and the National Academy of Social Insurance.

A frequent media commentator, his articles and opinion pieces have appeared in the American Political Science Review; American Prospect; Boston Globe; British Journal of Political Science; Perspectives on Politics; Politics and Society; Studies in American Political Development; the International Journal of Social Welfare; the Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law; The New Republic; The New York Times; The New York Times Magazine; The Nation; The Los Angeles Times; and The Washington Post.

Major Works:

Books

  • The Great Risk Shift: The New Economic Insecurity—And What Can Be Done About It. Oxford University Press, October 2006.
  • Off Center: The Republican Revolution and the Erosion of American Democracy. Yale University Press, 2005 (with Paul Pierson).
  • Inequality and American Politics: Participation, Power, and Policy. W.W. Norton, Delivery in December 2006.
  • The Divided Welfare State: The Battle over Public and Private Social Benefits in the United States. Cambridge University Press, 2002.
  • The Road to Nowhere: The Genesis of President Clinton’s Plan for Health Security. Princeton University Press, 1997. Recipient of the Brownlow Book Award.

Papers

  • "Inequality, American Democracy, and American Political Science: The Need for Cumulative Research," PS: Political Science and Politics (January 2006): 47-49.
  • "Abandoning the Middle: The Revealing Case of the Bush Tax Cuts," Perspectives on Politics 3 (March 2005): 33-53 (with Paul Pierson).
  • "Bringing the Welfare State Back In: The Promise (and Perils) of the New Social Welfare History," Journal of Policy History 17 (2005): 125-154.
  • "Varieties of Capitalist Interest and Capitalist Power: A Response to Swenson," Studies in American Political Development, 18 (2004): 186-195 (with Paul Pierson).

Appearances: Center for American Progress Radio, Newshour with Jim Lehrer, NPR, CNN, FreshAir