Institution for Social and Policy Studies

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Jacob S. Hacker

ISPS 
Director

Jacob S. Hacker

Title 
Stanley B. Resor Professor of Political Science
Yale University

Jacob S. Hacker, Ph.D., is the Director of the Institution for Social and Policy Studies, and Stanley B. Resor Professor of Political Science at Yale University. He is also a board member of The Century Foundation, Economic Policy Institute, The American Prospect, and a member of the Scholars Strategy Network steering committee, and a former Junior Fellow of the Harvard Society of Fellows.

An expert on the politics of U.S. health and social policy, he is the author of Winner-Take-All Politics: How Washington Made the Rich Richer and Turned Its Back on the Middle Class, written with Paul Pierson (2010, paperback 2011), The Great Risk Shift: The New Economic Insecurity and the Decline of the American Dream (2006, paperback 2008), The Divided Welfare State: The Battle over Public and Private Social Benefits in the United States (2002), and The Road to Nowhere: The Genesis of President Clinton’s Plan for Health Security (1997), co-winner of the Brownlow Book Award of the National Academy of Public Administration. He is also co-author, with Paul Pierson, of Off Center: The Republican Revolution and the Erosion of American Democracy (2005) and has edited three volumes—most recently, Shared Responsibility, Shared Risk: Government, Markets, and Social Policy in the Twenty-First Century, edited with Ann O’ Leary (2012).

Curriculum Vitae

Discipline 
Political Science

Books by Jacob S. Hacker

Hacker Pierson American Amnesia

Jacob S. Hacker and Paul Pierson

American Amnesia: How the War on Government Led Us to Forget What Made America Prosper

This timely and topical book is a vigorous defense of government¹s essential role in advancing our health, wealth, and well-being. To get and keep prosperity, the authors argue, you need strong effective government as well as dynamic competitive markets. You need, in a phrase, a “mixed economy” in which the strong thumb of government and nimble fingers of the market each play a vital role. See more

Hacker Pierson American Amnesia

Hacker Pierson Winner Take All Politics

Hacker (ed.) Health At Risk

Hacker Great Risk Shift

Hacker Great Risk Shift

Hacker and Pierson Off Center

Hacker Divided Welfare State

Hacker Road to Nowhere

Jacob S. Hacker SSRN papers

Jacob S. Hacker SSRN papers

ESI

ESI

The Economic Security Index (ESI) measures the share of Americans who experience a major drop in their available family income — whether due to a decline in income or a spike in medical spending — and who lack an adequate financial safety net to catch them when they fall. Read More