In the Spotlight
- Theda Skocpol, Harvard University
Katherine Cramer, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Christopher S. Parker, University of Washington
After the 2016 General Election, three SSN scholars make sense of the what, why, and how of the election outcome, analyzing voter systems and behaviors and discussing what all of this might mean for the future.
Is democracy in crisis? The International Panel on Social Progress moves beyond yes or no to offer ideas about a cooperative path forward for policymakers who want to help create a more equitable world. SSNer Marc Fleubaey serves on the panel steering committee, and his contribution to the wide-ranging discussions fostered by the project examines populist movements. Although such movements pay lip service to combating social inequality, he argues, populist leaders threaten to dismantle representative democracy and wall off avenues that could lead to a more equal society.
Partisan battles and damaging misconceptions abound in debates about women’s reproductive rights and access to health services. SSN scholars have come together to assess the political and policy landscape and identify ways to further sound programs that meet the needs of America’s women – furthering their autonomy, combating inequalities, and ensuring women’s right to raise children they choose to have in safe and economically sustainable conditions.
Across the partisan divide, many agree that mass incarceration in the United States must be reduced. As policymakers consider reforms, the May 2016 volume of The ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, edited by a team of SSN scholars, examines the potential consequences for families. New research highlights harms suffered by the children and families of people in prison and on parole.
- Garth Heutel, Georgia State University
Juan Moreno-Cruz, Georgia Institute of Technology
Soheil Shayegh, Stanford University
Could a controversial technique to reduce temperatures by blocking some solar energy be the key to limiting harmful global warming? In a groundbreaking new model, SSN economists pinpoint the pros and cons of this policy along with others.
- Jake Rosenfeld, Associate Professor of Sociology, University of Washington
Glaring income gaps, a beleaguered middle class, and government tilted toward the super-rich – union decline is at the heart of all these maladies. Unflinchingly, Rosenfeld's book dissects what has happened and poses the challenge of rebuilding worker clout.