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Skocpol, Theda

Works: 111 works in 491 publications in 8 languages and 23,784 library holdings
Genres: History  Conference proceedings  Case studies 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other, Author of introduction, Creator
Classifications: JK1764, 361.973
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Most widely held works by Theda Skocpol
Protecting soldiers and mothers : the political origins of social policy in the United States by Theda Skocpol( Book )
27 editions published between 1992 and 1996 in English and held by 2,218 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
It is a commonplace that the United States lagged behind the countries of Western Europe in developing modern social policies. But, as Theda Skocpol shows in this startlingly new historical analysis, the United States actually pioneered generous social spending for many of its elderly, disabled, and dependent citizens. During the late nineteenth century, competitive party politics in American democracy led to the rapid expansion of benefits for Union Civil War veterans and their families. Some Americans hoped to expand veterans' benefits into pensions for all of the needy elderly and social insurance for workingmen and their families. But such hopes went against the logic of political reform in the Progressive Era. Generous social spending faded along with the Civil War generation. Instead, the nation nearly became a unique maternalist welfare state as the federal government and more than forty states enacted social spending, labor regulations, and health education programs to assist American mothers and children. Remarkably, as Skocpol shows, many of these policies were enacted even before American women were granted the right to vote. Banned from electoral politics, they turned their energies to creating huge, nation-spanning federations of local women's clubs, which collaborated with reform-minded professional women to spur legislative action across the country. Blending original historical research with political analysis, Skocpol shows how governmental institutions, electoral rules, political parties, and earlier public policies combined to determine both the opportunities and the limits within which social policies were devised and changed by reformers and politically active social groups over the course of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. By examining afresh the institutional, cultural, and organizational forces that have shaped U.S. social policies in the past, Protecting Soldiers and Mothers challenges us to think in new ways about what might be possible in the American future
Civic engagement in American democracy ( )
15 editions published in 1999 in English and Italian and held by 2,141 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Civic Engagement in American Democracy opens with an eagle's-eye view of the roots of America's special patterns of civic involvement, examining the way social groups and government and electoral politics have influenced each other over the last 200 years. Other chapters explore community politics, the electoral process, religious institutions, and the advantages and disadvantages of contemporary advocacy politics. The book also probes the influence of long-term social and cultural changes on voluntary associations and civic participation."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved
Health care reform and American politics what everyone needs to know by Lawrence R Jacobs( )
20 editions published between 2010 and 2012 in English and held by 1,960 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In Health Care Reform and American Politics: What Everyone Needs to Know, Lawrence R. Jacobs and Theda Skocpol, two of the nation's leading experts on politics and health care policy, provide a concise and accessible overview. They explain the political battles of 2009 and 2010, highlighting White House strategies, the deals Democrats cut with interest groups, and the impact of agitation by Tea Partiers and progressives. Jacobs and Skocpol spell out what the new law can do for everyday Americans, what it will cost, and who will pay. Above all, they explain what comes next, as critical yet often behind-the-scenes battles rage over implementing reform nationally and in the fifty states. Affordable care might end up being weakened. But, like Social Security and Medicare, it could also gain strength and popularity as the majority of Americans learn what it can do for them
The new majority toward a popular progressive politics by Stanley B Greenberg( )
9 editions published between 1997 and 1999 in English and held by 1,724 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In an era of widespread and unsettling change in families, businesses, and communities, most Americans yearn for a government that will take their side. The contributors to this bold and visionary book argue that America is ready for a progressive politics with substance and bite. They contend that by embarking on a popular progressive course, the Democratic Party can become the moral voice and practical partner of American families striving for a better life. This provocative book is a dialogue among Stanley B. Greenberg, Theda Skocpol, and other well-known thinkers. They reject conservative answers to America's most pressing problems - fraying social ties, hard-pressed families, sluggish economic growth, and widening gaps between the circumstances of the most privileged and those of everyone else. They urge a renewal of the nation's social contract, explain how to revitalize American democracy
Bringing the state back in by Peter B Evans( )
32 editions published between 1985 and 2002 in English and held by 1,683 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Until recently, dominant theoretical paradigms in the comparative social sciences did not highlight states as organizational structures or as potentially autonomous actors. Indeed, the term 'state' was rarely used. Current work, however, increasingly views the state as an agent which, although influenced by the society that surrounds it, also shapes social and political processes. The contributors to this volume, which includes some of the best recent interdisciplinary scholarship on states in relation to social structures, make use of theoretically engaged comparative and historical investiga
The Tea Party and the remaking of Republican conservatism by Theda Skocpol( Book )
19 editions published between 2011 and 2013 in English and held by 1,618 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
On February 19, 2009, CNBC commentator Rick Santelli delivered a dramatic rant against Obama administration programs to shore up the plunging housing market. Invoking the Founding Fathers and ridiculing "losers" who could not pay their mortgages, Santelli called for "Tea Party" protests. Over the next two years, conservative activists took to the streets and airways, built hundreds of local Tea Party groups, and weighed in with votes and money to help right-wing Republicans win electoral victories in 2010. In this study, the author, a political scientists, and co-author go beyond the inevitable photos of protesters in Colonial costumes and tricorn hats and knee breeches to provide a nuanced portrait of the Tea Party. What they find is sometimes surprising. Drawing on grassroots interviews and visits to local meetings in several regions, they find that older, middle-class Tea Partiers mostly approve of Social Security, Medicare, and generous benefits for military veterans. Their opposition to "big government" entails reluctance to pay taxes to help people viewed as undeserving "freeloaders" including immigrants, lower income earners, and the young. At the national level, Tea Party elites and funders leverage grassroots energy to further longstanding goals such as tax cuts for the wealthy, deregulation of business, and privatization of the very same Social Security and Medicare programs on which many grassroots Tea Partiers depend. Elites and grassroots are nevertheless united in hatred of Barack Obama and determination to push the Republican Party sharply to the right. This book combines portraits of local Tea Party members and chapters with an overarching analysis of the movement's rise, impact, and likely fate. The paperback edition will be updated to bring the discussion up to the present, including the Republican Presidential primary race in early 2012
States and social revolutions : a comparative analysis of France, Russia, and China by Theda Skocpol( Book )
60 editions published between 1979 and 2008 in 4 languages and held by 1,500 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Theda Skocpol shows how all three combine to explain the origins and accomplishments of social-revolutionary transformations
The missing middle : working families and the future of American social policy by Theda Skocpol( Book )
10 editions published between 2000 and 2001 in English and held by 1,020 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Skocpol suggests new ways to think about social policy, targeting not merely those at the extremes of our society but reinvigorating the strength, dignity, and political participation of the working men and women who are the foundation of the American family and the American economy. The resulting intergenerational compact raises exciting new goals for democracy in the coming century."--Jacket
Social policy in the United States : future possibilities in historical perspective by Theda Skocpol( Book )
16 editions published between 1994 and 2011 in English and held by 887 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Reforming health care, revamping the welfare system, preserving or cutting Social Security, creating employment programs for displaced employees, and revising U.S. social programs to help working parents with children - all of these endeavors and more are part of ongoing national debates about the future of social policy in the United States. In this wide-ranging collection of essays, renowned social scientist Theda Skocpol shows how historical understanding, centered on U.S. governmental institutions and shifting political alliances, can illuminate the limits and possibilities of American social policymaking both past and present
Vision and method in historical sociology by Theda Skocpol( Book )
48 editions published between 1984 and 2009 in 6 languages and held by 803 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Inequality and American democracy : what we know and what we need to learn ( Book )
7 editions published between 2005 and 2007 in English and held by 771 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Includes information on African Americans, age, campaign finance, civil rights, socioeconomic class, economic inequality, education, elections, gender, health care policy, housing, income inequality, labor unions, Latinos, participatory inequality, partisan differences, policy feedbacks, political action committees (PACS), political representation, political voice, public opinion, public policy, race/ethnicity, racial equality, redistributive policies and politics, responsiveness of government, social movements, social policy, Social Security, socioeconomic status, tax policy, voluntary associations, voting, Voting Rights Act of 1965, women, etc
Obama and America's political future by Theda Skocpol( Book )
13 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 760 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The Obama administration's response to the recession produced bold initiatives that promise security and opportunity. But these reforms are complex and will take years to implement. Skocpol dissects the popular and elite components of the Tea Party reaction that has boosted the Republican Party while pushing it far to the right at a critical juncture for U.S. politics and governance. His analysis is accompanied by commentaries from two fellow scholars and a former congressman
The Politics of social policy in the United States ( Book )
8 editions published in 1988 in English and held by 742 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Boomerang : Clinton's health security effort and the turn against government in U.S. politics by Theda Skocpol( Book )
5 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 708 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Health reform, a popular issue that Bill Clinton and the Democrats skillfully featured in the 1992 campaign, became the spearpoint of the most concerted attack on government in recent American history. One year after it had been introduced to acclaim from almost all quarters, Clinton's compromise plan lay in political wreckage
Social revolutions in the modern world by Theda Skocpol( Book )
27 editions published between 1994 and 2005 in English and held by 700 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Skocpol shows how she and other scholars have used ideas about states and societies to identify the particular types of regimes that are susceptible to the growth of revolutionary movements and vulnerable to actual transfers of state power to revolutionary challengers
Diminished democracy : from membership to management in American civic life by Theda Skocpol( Book )
11 editions published between 2003 and 2013 in English and held by 696 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The threat posed by lack of participation in the institutions of democracy is serious, and the author of this hard-hitting, insightful examination of the problem traces the problem back to the 1960s, offering solutions for how to reverse the trend. (Politics & Government)
What a mighty power we can be : African American fraternal groups and the struggle for racial equality by Theda Skocpol( Book )
5 editions published between 2006 and 2008 in English and held by 545 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"From the nineteenth through the mid-twentieth centuries, millions of American men and women participated in fraternal associations--self-selecting brotherhoods and sisterhoods that provided aid to members, enacted group rituals, and engaged in community service. Even more than whites did, African Americans embraced this type of association; indeed, fraternal lodges rivaled churches as centers of black community life in cities, towns, and rural areas alike. Using an unprecedented variety of secondary and primary sources--including old documents, pictures, and ribbon-badges found in eBay auctions--this book tells the story of the most visible African American fraternal associations. The authors demonstrate how African American fraternal groups played key roles in the struggle for civil rights and racial integration. Between the 1890s and the 1930s, white legislatures passed laws to outlaw the use of important fraternal names and symbols by blacks. But blacks successfully fought back. Employing lawyers who in some cases went on to work for the NAACP, black fraternalists took their cases all the way to the Supreme Court, which eventually ruled in their favor. At the height of the modern Civil Rights movement in the 1950s and 1960s, they marched on Washington and supported the lawsuits through lobbying and demonstrations that finally led to legal equality. This unique book reveals a little-known chapter in the story of civic democracy and racial equality in America."--Google Books
The transformation of American politics : activist government and the rise of conservatism by Paul Pierson( Book )
11 editions published between 2007 and 2011 in English and held by 536 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The contemporary American political landscape has been marked by two paradoxical transformations: the emergence after 1960 of an increasingly activist state, and the rise of an assertive and politically powerful conservatism that strongly opposes activist government. Leading young scholars take up these issues in The Transformation of American Politics. Arguing that even conservative administrations have become more deeply involved in managing our economy and social choices, they examine why our political system nevertheless has grown divided as never before over the extent to which governmen
States, social knowledge, and the origins of modern social policies by Dietrich Rueschemeyer( Book )
5 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 458 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The essays are introduced by the editors and divided into three sections: Part I on the emergence of modern social knowledge by Ira Katznelson, Anson Rabinbach, and Bjorn Wittrock and Peter Wagner; Part II on reformist social scientists and public policymaking by Dietrich Rueschemeyer and Ronan Van Rossem, Libby Schweber, and John R. Sutton; and Part III on state managers and the uses of social knowledge by Stein Kuhnle and Sheldon Garon. A conclusion by Rueschemeyer and Skocpol follows
Marxist inquiries : studies of labor, class, and states ( Book )
3 editions published in 1982 in English and held by 428 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
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Skocpol, T.
Skocpol, T. 1947-
Skocpol, T. (Theda)
Skocpol, Theda
Skocpol, Theda R. 1947-
スコチポル, T
スコッチポル, シーダ
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