Jacob S. Hacker
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.
- 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.
- "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