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Yale Institution for Social and Policy Studies
Vol. 01 • Issue 10 • Dec 2013

Jacob HackerFrom Jacob Hacker

As all of us as ISPS look forward to a new year, it seems fitting to reflect on all the great changes here over the last: not just the new faculty, the new research, the new health policy center, but also the flowering spirit of engaged research that is propelling ISPS into a new era of service to the college, the university, and our public life. None of this would be possible without our amazing staff, and so—in this season of thanks—we thank them for their own service to us and to the larger goals of this old but fresh institution.


Jan. 15 @ 12:00 CSAP
Chris Achen (Princeton)
Larry Bartels (Vanderbilt)

Jan. 22 @ 12:00 CSAP
Ellie Powell (Yale)

Jan. 23 @ 12:00
Quantitative Research
Forrest Crawford (Yale)

Jan. 23 @ 4:15
Animal Ethics Lecture
Allen Rutberg (Tufts)


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Rudd Center Joins ISPS


It's official. On December 3, ISPS welcomed Yale's Rudd Center as a specialized study center. The Rudd Center provides research on obesity and food-related policy, including marketing to children.  The center is ranked as one of the most effective non-profits working on U.S. nutrition policy.
We look forward to a fruitful relationship with the center's director, Marlene Schwartz, and the expert team of researchers as they tackle the many issues of obesity and food politics on public health.

Lux et Data Blogging Corner


Martin Hackmann writes about why the ACA's individual mandate is important.
Abbe Gluck writes on the pending Obamacare lawsuit; a court decision to be handed down soon.
Jacob Hacker and Oona Hathaway write about unchecked Presidential power in "Congressional Gridlock and Presidential Power." The op-ed originally appeared in the LA Times.
David Mayhew writes about the Senate Democrats pulling the plug on minority obstruction in "How to Think about the Nuclear Option."
Limor Peer reports on Yale's Day of Data and the three common data problems:access, methods, and storage.

Papers from Detaining Democracy Published


The January 2014 volume of the ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, titled "Detaining Democracy? Criminal Justice and American Civic Life," edited by Chris Wildeman, Jacob Hacker and Vesla Weaver has been published online.
The volume was the outcome of a two-day conference hosted by ISPS on November 8-9, 2012 that aimed to examine how increasing contact with criminal justice institutions—from prisons and jail to probation, parole, and police officers—shapes American civic life.

New Research on Crimes' Victims and Crime Rates


The most recent work of sociologists Andrew Papachristos and Chris Wildeman has been garnering much media attention from a paper they wrote on social contagion and gun violence that was published in the American Journal of Public HealthChicago Magazine, Daily Beast, NPR, MSNBC and The Atlantic have all used this research in their news stories. As a follow up to that article, Papachristos wrote an op-ed in the Washington Post.
In addition, a new ISPS working paper by Papachristos documents almost five decades of falling crime rates in Chicago in "48 Years of Crime in Chicago: A Descriptive Analysis of Serious Crime Trends from 1965 to 2013." 

Eitan Hersh on Political Behavior of Victims' Families


Furthering the research on victims of tragic events, Eitan Hersh looked at the long-term effect on political behavior for the victims' families of the 9/11 terrorist attack.  His research method was unique, in that it was not based on surveys but pieced together from public records, such as newspaper obituaries of the 9/11 victims, voter registration records and campaign disclosure records of the victims' families and immediate neighbors.
His paper was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and picked up by the Associated Press and other media. Read the press release here.

Publications, Media, and Mentions


On his blog, Real-World Economics Review, David Ruccio writes that President Obama's speech on Inequality that aired Dec. 4 borrowed heavily from Jacob Hacker and Paul Pierson's book, Winner-Take-All Politics.
On Nov. 30, CSPAN aired the show taped on Nov. 5 at Branford College with authors Betsy Bradley and Lauren Taylor on their book, America's Healthcare Paradox. The event was moderated by Zack Cooper, director of the ISPS Health program.
Nov. 30 on Moyers & Co., Bill Moyers asked Jacob Hacker what happened with "Obamacare's Rocky Rollout."
On Nov. 28, Hacker and Avik Roy of the Manhattan Institute faced off on the "Role of Government in Healthcare" with host Jeffrey Brown on PBS's Newshour.  Read Wall St. Cheat Sheet on the debate.
And on Nov. 23, Jacob Hacker was interviewed by Joshua Holland on his show, "Politics and Reality Radio." Listen to the podcast here.

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