Rigorous, relevant research is a hallmark of the Sanford School of Public Policy and its faculty. With expertise in a wide variety of fields, the public policy faculty is recognized for research in health policy, media and democracy, education finance and achievement, and many other areas. Recent publications are highlighted here; for additional publications information, you may visit individual faculty web pages or use the links at the top of this page. To find faculty with a particular area of expertise, browse this list of topic areas or search within our faculty directory.
The Hidden Role of Class in Economic Policy Making
University of Chicago Press, Nov. 2013
Research on social class gaps in political participation tends to focus on voting, campaign finance and lobbying. However, little work has been done to examine the policy implications of having political institutions populated almost exclusively by the wealthy. In White-Collar Government Nick Carnes, assistant professor of public policy, drew on his award-winning PhD dissertation to show that the dearth of working-class people in office--at all levels of government from the Supreme Court to the town council--results in economic policies favoring the wealthy. Business regulations are flimsier, social safety net programs are stingier and tax laws favor businesses and the well-off.
Carnes is now researching why qualified working-class people don’t run for office, and what can be done about it. Although there’s lots of conjecture, there’s not much research on the topic, he said. He surveyed all 10,000 of the people who ran for state legislatures nationwide in 2012, and in early 2014 he will survey all 6,000 leaders of state and county-level party chapters, both Republican and Democratic.
Carnes is also examining existing data on the social class makeup of state legislatures to see if there are instances when working-class people have had a significant voice in politics. A few programs already exist to identify, recruit, train, and support working-class candidates,Carnes said. They include union-run "candidate schools" in New Jersey and Oregon.
Globalization and Development: Why East Asia Surged Ahead and Latin America Fell Behind
Palgrave MacMillan, December 2013
By comparing the experience of East Asia and Latin America since the mid-1970s, Elson identifies the key factors that have allowed East Asia to take advantage of a more globalized economy, while Latin America has not.
“East Asia, unlike Latin America, early on realized that development could only take place if a country became skilled and open to developing export potential,” he said. “By contrast, Latin America has always been heavily protectionistic. It’s only more recently that Latin America has been able to take advantage of the tremendous growth in international trade.”
History and political systems, as well as economic policy, play a major role in explaining the different experiences of the two regions.
The Economic Roots of Conflict and Cooperation in Africa
Edited by William Ascher and Natalia Mirovitskaya
Palgrave McMillan, November 2013
Natalia Mirovitskaya, senior research scholar at DCID, and William Ascher, Claremount McKenna College professor of government, have released the third book in their series exploring the connection between economic development and conflict, examining cases of regime change, post-independence economic development, and intergroup violence in 11 countries.
“The causal relationship between violence and development progress is remarkably complex,” Mirovitskaya and Ascher write. “In this volume, we attempt to disentangle at least some threads of this connection in African countries, focusing on the many links between the choices that governments make – broad development strategies, policies to pursue these strategies, and institutional changes to promote and implement them – and the likelihood of violence or nonviolent interactions.”
Communication Power and the New World Order
Alister Miskimmon, Ben O’Loughlin, and Laura Roselle
Routledge, November 2013
This book explores the advent, use and transformation of the strategic narrative within the global political arena. From the "war on terror" after the 9/11 attacks to the recent use of "Obamacare," politicians have realized the potential of narratives to sway beliefs.
Co-author Laura Roselle is a visiting professor with the DeWitt Wallace Center for Media & Democracy and a professor of political science at Elon University. She and her co-authors from the University of London structure their exploration around four themes: order, actors, uncertainty, and contestation. They also explore public diplomacy in terms of social media and the burgeoning power of individual citizens to influence how stakeholders frame policies and actions.
Lessons from the Economics of Crime:
What Reduces Offending
Edited by Philip J. Cook, Stephen Machin,
Olivier Marie, and Giovanni Mastrobuoni
MIT Press, October 2013
For the past 50 years, economists have been studying criminal behavior and crime control. In this book, ITT/ Terry Sanford Professor of Public Policy Philip Cook and his co-editors have focused on three areas of research: a normative framework and increasingly sophisticated quantitative methods for analyzing causes of crime and policy responses; criminal behavior as an "individual and even rational choice;" and the feedback and interaction of crime-related choices and outcomes. The chapters discuss topics such as applying cost-benefit analysis to the COPS program, which provided federal funds to hire additional police officers in some areas, the best police methods to reduce sports fan violence and alternate approaches to drug policy.
"The economists are here to stay in the study of crime, the criminal justice system and crime prevention," say the co-editors.
The International Handbook of Public Financial Management
Richard Allen, Richard Hemming, Barry Potter, eds.
Palgrave Macmillan, August 2013
The first comprehensive publication on public financial management in more than a decade, this book is co-edited by Richard Hemming, visiting professor of the practice at the Duke Center for International Development (DCID). It covers issues such as the importance of political economy factors in budgeting and system design, fiscal transparency and accountability, and overseas development assistance.
The 38 chapters are written by leading academics and practitioners in the field, many of whom have worked with the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund. The chapters include case studies of best practices in the field and examples from both advanced and developing countries. Hemming wrote or co-authored four chapters, covering frameworks for managing public finances, tax design and the role of independent fiscal agencies. DCID faculty members Graham Glenday and Roy Kelly, both professors of the practice, have contributed chapters on tax design, intergovernmental financial relations, revenue forecasting and fiscal federalism.
American Foreign Policy
Bruce W. Jentleson
W.W. Norton & Co., July 2013
The heavily revised fifth edition of Bruce W. Jentleson’s text offers greater emphasis on the role domestic politics and institutions, both formal and informal, play in shaping American foreign policy. The book focuses on foreign policy strategy as well as foreign policy politics. Through analysis of the three branches of the U.S. government, various interest groups, the great debates in American foreign policy from 1789-1945, and, finally the Cold War, Jentleson, a professor of public policy and political science, provides the history and context of U.S. foreign policy. He then explores the choices and challenges of American foreign policy in the 21st century.
This fifth edition includes analysis of the rise of China, the renewed focus on Mexican and Latin American immigration, America’s role in a changing Middle East, the end of the Iraq War and the nation’s new approach in Afghanistan, the beginning of Barack Obama’s second term and the evolution of
his foreign policy.
Development Strategies, Identities, and Conflict in Asia
William Ascher and Natalia Mirovitskaya
Palgrave Macmillan, June 2013
The second book in a series exploring economic development and conflict provides an overview of the evolution of development doctrines, patterns of socio-economic development and levels of violence in all Asian sub-regions. Through carefully selected case studies, the book explores the often surprising impacts of development initiatives on intergroup conflict. Natalia Mirovitskaya is a senior research scholar at the Duke Center for International Development (DCID), while William Ascher, founder of DCID, is a professor at Claremont McKenna College. The third book in the series, The Economic Roots of Conflict and Cooperation in Africa, is due out later this year.
"The most explosive current conflicts in East and South Asia do not reflect the resentment against governments for neglecting the least developed areas, but rather the clashes that emerge from efforts to develop those areas," Mirovitskaya said.
"You're the First One I've Told:" the New Faces of HIV in the South
Kathyrn Whetten and Brian Pence
March 2013, Rutgers University Press
A second edition of “You’re the First One I’ve Told:” The New Faces of HIV in the South by Kathryn Whetten, professor of public policy and global health, and Brian Pence, associate professor of community and family medicine and global health, has been released by Rutgers University Press. First published in 2002 with Trang Quyen Nguyen as co-author, the book featured the stories of 25 people living with HIV/AIDS combined with survey data from the Deep South.
In the 10 years since, HIV/AIDS has continued to spread through the rural South, which accounts for 36 percent of new cases while representing 22 percent of the U.S. population. The book’s second edition incorporates research from the authors’ recent quantitative study, “Coping with HIV/AIDS in the Southeast” (CHASE), which includes 611 HIV-positive patients from North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama and Louisiana. The research showed that many of the patients had also experienced sexual abuse, family violence and other traumatic events and highlights challenges to treating this population.
“We found that HIV was simply one more event in a long history of traumatic life experiences,” the authors wrote. “We believe it is critical to develop HIV medical care models that acknowledge, ask about and respond to patients’ life histories in order to best promote patients’ health.”