In the Spotlight
Abortion is legal in the United States, but proliferating restrictions in many states are making it increasingly difficult for women to use this procedure. Two new reports look at how laws mandating waiting periods and multiple visits impose extra costs on women and can also harm their health.
Raising the price of carbon dioxide emissions would mitigate climate damage by reducing demand for non-renewable energy sources like oil, coal, and natural gas. But can we forestall new economic burdens for Americans with low or middle incomes? SSN experts explore the issues and suggest ways to design economically equitable carbon pricing programs with broad democratic appeal.
- Samara Klar, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Policy, University of Arizona
Melissa R. Michelson, Professor of Political Science, Menlo College
Biases against women in academia can limit the influence female scholars have in policy debates. To close the gender gap, two member scholars teamed up with fellow women colleagues to create Women Also Know Stuff, a crowdsourced database dedicated to amplifying the voice of female experts in a variety of fields.
- Lawrence R. Jacobs, Professor of Political Studies, University of Minnesota
The Federal Reserve, America’s central bank, mishandled the 2008 crisis by catering to financial institutions and leaving American homeowners without recourse. Indeed, as Jacobs and King show, the Fed used the crisis to expand its authority and assert its independence from democratic oversight in unprecedented ways.
- Jacob S. Hacker, Professor of Political Science, Yale University
Paul Pierson , Professor of Political Science, University of California, Berkeley
Businesses, unions, and government all contributed to U.S. prosperity in the mid-20th century, until extremist politics pulled the country off course. In an enlightening and timely new book, two of America’s leading public intellectuals explore this misunderstood past to explain why a new version of the mixed economy is essential to future growth and social progress.
A major new research project at Harvard University documents transformations in advocacy groups, constituency organizations, think tanks, and donor organizations operating around the Democratic and Republican parties – and asks how these shifts contribute to GOP extremism, government gridlock, and public policies that spur economic inequality.