Jeffrey M. Berry
John Richard Skuse Professor of Political Science, Tufts University
Department of Political Science
Medford, MA 02155
Areas of Expertise & Civic InvolvementsBerry’s research focuses on interest groups, especially citizen groups and their voice in the governmental process. He also conducts research on city politics, sustainability, and, most recently, political opinion media such as cable TV, talk radio, and the political blogosphere.
The Outrage Industry: Political Opinion Media and the New Incivility (with Sarah Sobieraj) (Oxford University Press, 2014).
Examines cable TV, talk radio, and the political blogosphere, as business sectors that operate under economic incentives that lead them to promote polarization through provocative and abrasive political commentary.
"Civil Society and Sustainable Cities" (with Kent E. Portney). Comparative Political Studies 47, no. 3 (2014): 395-419.
Discusses research from 50 large American cities that argues that the number of local environmental protection policies and programs is strongly related to the inclusion of environmental groups in urban policymaking; analyzes the impact of environmental advocacy.
Lobbying and Policy Change: Who Wins, Who Loses, and Why (with Frank R. Baumgartner, Marie Hojnacki, Beth L. Leech, and David C. Kimball) (University of Chicago Press, 2009).
Addresses the question of who wins and who loses in Washington politics; argues that interest group resources are not related to outcomes in policymaking and that the lobbying community so strongly reflects the status quo, that it will not fundamentally alter the balance of power unless its makeup shifts dramatically in favor of average Americans’ concerns. Winner of the Leon D. Epstein Outstanding Book Award, Political Organizations and Parties Section, American Political Science Association, 2010.
A Voice for Nonprofits (with David F. Arons) (Brookings Institution, 2003).
Argues that nonprofits badly misunderstand the tax law under which they operate and that because nonprofit leaders mistakenly believe that they are not allowed to lobby, the lobbying world is increasingly skewed in favor of business, labor, and professional associations. Winner of the Leon D. Epstein Outstanding Book Award, Political Organizations and Parties Section, American Political Science Association, 2004.
The New Liberalism: The Rising Power of Citizen Groups (Brookings Institution, 1999).
Uses the agenda of Congress as a window into interest group politics to document the changing face of liberalism; argues that over time, liberal lobbies moved away from working on economic and labor issues to advocacy around quality of life (or “postmaterialist”) issues such as environmental quality and consumer protection. Winner of the Aaron Wildavsky Best Book Award from the Policy Studies Organization, 1999.
Jeffrey M. Berry's research on angry political rhetoric discussed in Maddie Orzeske (with Sarah Sobieraj), "Professors Examine Outrageous Political Speech in Current Election Cycle," Tufts Daily, February 19, 2016.