Jacob S. Hacker
Areas of Expertise & Civic Involvements
Hacker’s research focuses on health care reform (including the public option and Medicare Plus) as well as on issues of redistribution in tax policy and the rising economic insecurities associated with erosions of pensions, losses in union membership, and the weakening of public safety nets. Overarching themes in Hacker’s writings include threats to American middle-class democracy, the growth of inequality, and the rising power of business interest groups in electoral politics. He serves as Vice President of the National Academy of Social Insurance, Chair of the Social Science Research Council’s project on risk privatization, and Fellow of the New America Foundation.
Explains how political elites have enabled and propelled plutocracy. Traces the economic and political history of the United States over the last century and show how a viable mixed economy has long been the dominant engine of America’s prosperity.