Paul Pierson is the John Gross Endowed Chair of Political Science at the University of California at Berkeley. He earned a B.A. in government from Oberlin College and an M.A., M.Phil., and Ph.D. in political science from Yale University.
His first published book, Dismantling the Welfare State , won the American Political Science Association’s Kammerer Prize for the best work on American national politics. In this work, he analyzes the difficulty of creating change within existing social programs due to the upfront cost and diffuse benefits. Likewise, social programs are hard to abandon once begun, due to the coalition that forms around such programs.
Another of his books, Winner-Take-All Politics , written with Jacob Hacker was recognized as a New York Times bestseller in 2010, and he won the Heinz Eulau Award for the best political science article in the American Political Science Review for “Increasing Returns, Path Dependence, and the Study of Politics”.
His most recent book is American Amnesia: How the War on Government Led Us to Forget What Made America Prosper was published in 2016. His work has proved to be essential in the understanding of the forces at play with governments, social programs and the welfare state.
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Paul Pierson is an American professor of political science and holder of the John Gross Endowed Chair of Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley. From 2007-2010 he served at UC Berkeley as Chair of the Department of Political Science. He is noted for his research on comparative public policy and political economy, the welfare state, and American political development. His works on the welfare state have been characterized as influential.Source: Wikipedia
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