Douglas Dillon Chair and Vice President of Governance Studies, Brookings Institution
More ostentatiously than at any time since the Gilded Age, super-wealthy tycoons are working to engineer electoral operations and push candidates, parties, and public officeholders to carry through favored policies. West reveals what is happening – and probes the downsides for democracy in the United States and beyond.
Professor of Social Policy, Kennedy School, Harvard University
Disparities in market incomes have increased sharply in all large developed democracies, but the United States does the least to restrain runaway gains at the top and boost family incomes for the poor and middle class. Solutions are available – but only if Americans support government action.
Assistant Professor of Sociology, Cornell University
For youngsters across America, the first day of school is a moment of hope – but some 2.7 million children of fathers in prison may not be emotionally ready to learn. Black boys suffer the most according to an analysis of the school readiness of five-year-olds, setting the stage for U.S. racial inequalities to persist.
Professor Emeritus of Sociology, University of California, Berkeley, and Senior Fellow, Watson Institute, Brown University
Hard times can inspire new organizing strategies. As U.S. labor unions experiment with new organizing strategies at home, they are also building transnational coalitions to challenge global corporations.