Areas of Expertise & Civic Involvements
Pierson’s research focuses on the politics of public policymaking, with a particular concentration on social welfare programs and tax policies both in the United States and other affluent democracies. His recent scholarship has centered on the role of organized business interests in the formation of American public policy. He regularly speaks to policymakers as well as to civic groups in California, Oregon and Washington.
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.