American Sociological Association

Review Essay: What Should Historical Sociologists Do All Day? Starving the Beast, the Reagan Tax Cuts, and Modes of Historical Explanation

Monica Prasad, along with collaborators like Isaac Martin and Ajay Mehrotra (e.g., Martin, Mehrotra, and Prasad 2009), has made fiscal sociology—the sociology of taxation—a thriving part of the discipline. Her first book showed how different national patterns of taxation help explain the variable strength of neoliberalism across nations (Prasad 2006). Her second identified progressive taxation as key to producing both democratized credit and a weak welfare state in the United States (Prasad 2012). More generally, her work has been critical for helping us understand how political institutions shape societal outcomes in lasting, often counterintuitive, ways.

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Authors

Elizabeth Popp Berman

Volume

48

Issue

6

Starting Page

612

Ending Page

616