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  1. After State Socialism: The Political Origins of Transitional Recessions

    Transitions from state socialism created a startling range of initial economic outcomes, from renewed growth to deep economic crises. Debates about the causes have largely ignored the political disruptions due to regime change that coincided with sudden initial recessions, and they have defined the problem as relative growth rates over time rather than abrupt short-run collapse. Political disruptions were severe when states broke apart into newly independent units, leading to hyperinflation, armed warfare, or both.

  2. Protest Campaigns and Movement Success: Desegregating the U.S. South in the Early 1960s

    Can protest bring about social change? Although scholarship on the consequences of social movements has grown dramatically, our understanding of protest influence is limited; several recent studies have failed to detect any positive effect. We investigate sit-in protest by black college students in the U.S. South in 1960, which targeted segregated lunch counters.

  3. International Human Rights and Domestic Income Inequality: A Difficult Case of Compliance in World Society

    Much research finds that human rights treaties fail to improve domestic practices unless governments are held accountable in some fashion. The implication is that noncompliance can be attributed to insincere commitments and willful disobedience. I challenge this claim for a core but overlooked treaty: the International Covenant on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights (ICESCR). Few analysts have studied the ICESCR because its terms are difficult to implement and suitable measures for judging compliance are hard to find.

  4. Climate Misinformation Campaigns and Public Sociology

    Contexts, Volume 16, Issue 1, Page 78-79, Winter 2016.
  5. Changing the World, One Website at a Time

    Mark Rank on a project to help everyday Americans see their risk of poverty.

  6. Dedication: In the Shadow of a Giant

    Dedication: In the Shadow of a Giant
  7. Prologue

    Alwin, D. F., Thomas, J. R.
  8. Finding Evidence for Rapport over Six Decades

    Finding Evidence for Rapport over Six Decades

  9. Rapport in Survey Interactions

    Garbarski, Schaeffer, and Dykema (this volume, pp. 1–38) are quite right to point out the slipperiness of the concept of rapport between interviewers and respondents in social research. Their overview is admirable in laying out the complexities and what has led the concept into disrepute, and their focus on transcripts of question-answer sequences in standardized telephone interviews to illustrate their account of rapport makes the issues concrete. The interdependencies of interviewer and respondent behavior Garbarski et al.

  10. “On Culture, Politics, and Poverty”

    The Great Recession, Occupy, and Black Lives Matter: all have helped raise public consciousness around issues of economic disadvantage. Leading figures from both major political parties have debated these issues, and the popular media has reported on a wide variety of stories relating to poverty and inequality. Everyday conversations among millions of Americans now include casual references to the 1%—and the 99%.