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  1. The Ambulance: Toward a Labor Theory of Poverty Governance

    American Sociological Review, Volume 82, Issue 3, Page 451-475, June 2017.
  2. Patchwork Leviathan: How Pockets of Bureaucratic Governance Flourish within Institutionally Diverse Developing States

    Patchwork Leviathan: How Pockets of Bureaucratic Governance Flourish within Institutionally Diverse Developing States
  3. Costly Punishment Increases Prosocial Punishment by Designated Punishers: Power and Legitimacy in Public Goods Games

    A classic problem in the literature on authority is that those with the power to enforce cooperation and proper norms of conduct can also abuse or misuse their power. The present research tested the argument that concerns about legitimacy can help regulate the use of power to punish by invoking a sense of what is morally right or socially proper for power-holders.
  4. The Hazards of Expert Control: Chief Risk Officers and Risky Derivatives

    American Sociological Review, Volume 82, Issue 3, Page 511-541, June 2017.
  5. Who Is This “We” You Speak of? Grounding Activist Identity in Social Psychology

    What is an activist identity? Prior answers have focused almost exclusively on collective identity, without (a) considering the possibility of role-based identities or (b) grounding collective identities in broader social-psychological theories. The present study investigates activist identity through the lens of role-based and category-based identities and reports two major findings. First, there is a distinct role-based activist identity, one that involves internalizing role responsibilities and the expectations of friends and family.
  6. Review Essays: Karl Polanyi in an Age of Uncertainty

    Although Karl Polanyi’s masterwork, The Great Transformation, was originally published in 1944, it was not until the sharp turn toward the neoliberalism of Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan in the late 1970s and early1980s that his work and his ideas began to be widely discovered by sociologists and social scientists more generally.1 Unlike the upsurge of Marxism in the1960s, it was not attention to exploitation that provoked the turn toward Polanyi.
  7. Review Essays: Inequality and Polarization in America

    Doug McAdam and Karina Kloos’s Deeply Divided: Racial Politics and Social Movements in Postwar America provides a powerful and timely analysis of the causes and consequences of growing political polarization and economic inequality. Arguing that social movements have contributed to a reconfiguration of politics, McAdam and Kloos show how the sharp right turn of the Republican Party has generated policies that greatly increase economic inequality.
  8. Review Essays: The (Valuation) Politics of Privatization

    Stories about achieving social goods through corporate activity seem to be popping up everywhere. As I cooked my eggs this morning, I learned from NPR about how a Harvard Business School professor was introducing students to a case study of an entrepreneur in Wisconsin who had set up an investment fund for African Americans, and students were learning that this was necessary to overcome African Americans’ lack of access to capital (Enwemeka 2017).
  9. Review Essays: The Unanticipated Consequences of Purposive Political Action

    We all know about the very physical legacy of Franklin Roosevelt’s Works Progress Administration (WPA): Dealey Plaza in Dallas, the Fort Peck dam in Montana, LaGuardia Airport in New York City, Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles, the Merritt Parkway in Connecticut, Midway Airport in Chicago, the River Walk in San Antonio, and over 100,000 roads and bridges, waterworks, schools, libraries, hospitals, post offices, dormitories, auditoriums, stadiums, and recreational facilities in towns and cities across the nation.
  10. The [Un]Surprising Alt-Right

    Robert Futrell and Pete Simi on the simmering sentiments and political fortunes of White supremacists.