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Paul Starr

Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs, and Stuart Professor of Communications and Public Affairs, Princeton University
On leave, 2014-15, Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University.

Photo: January 18, 2011; photographer: Chris Vultaggio. Intelligence Squared debate, as seen on Bloomberg TV.

Latest book: Remedy and Reaction: The Peculiar American Struggle over Health Care Reform (Yale University Press, 2013 revised edition).

Recent writing

  • "The American Situation," The American Prospect (Fall 2014), 5-7.
  • "Is the Past in Our Future?" [Review of Thomas Piketty, Capital in the Twenty-First Century] Contemporary Sociology (November 2014).
  • "The Growth Paradox: If Our Technology Is So Smart, Why Aren't We All Getting Richer?" The New Republic (July 14, 2014), 37-41.
  • "From the Frame-Maker: Al From helped create the symbolic politics and policies of Bill Clinton’s presidency. Are they still relevant?" Democracy (Summer 2014).
  • "A Different Road to a Fair Society," New York Review of Books May 22, 2014.
  • Moving Left to the Center," American Prospect (May-June 2014), 5.
  • Health Reform's Next Test," American Prospect(January-February 2014), 5.
  • "A Wasted Crisis? Why Democrats Did So Little to Change Wall Street," The New Republic (July 15, 2013), 48-53.
  • "Law and the Fog of Health Care," Saint Louis University Journal of Health Law and Policy 6 (2013), 213-228.
  • "Obama's BFD Second-Term Agenda," The American Prospect (January-February 2013), 20-29.
  • "Tomorrow Today"[online: "Nate Silver and the Future of Prediction"] The New Republic (December 31, 2012).
  • "Politics in the Orbit of Money" The New Republic (September 13, 2012; online August 24, 2012), 28-31. [PDF].
  • Center-left Liberalism," Oxford Companion to American Politics (2012).
  • "Cockroaches and Compromise," The New Republic (May 10, 2012), 31-33.
  • " An Unexpected Crisis: The News Media in Post-Industrial Democracies" in John Lloyd and Janice Winter (eds.), Media, Politics and the Public (Stockholm: Axel and Margaret Ax:son Johnson Foundation, 2011), 21-29; reprinted in International Journal of Press/Politics (2012)17: 234-242. See also Michael Schudson and Katherine Fink, "Guiding Starr: Freedom of expression is not freedom of the press" Columbia Journalism Review (May-June 2012).
  • "Dodging a Bullet: Democracy’s Gains in Modern War," in Elizabeth Kier and Ronald R. Krebs, eds., In War’s Wake: International Conflict and the Fate of Liberal Democracy (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2010), 50-66.

    Critical evaluations: "Transforming American Medicine: A Twenty-Year Retrospective," Special issue, Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law (2004). Reviews of The Creation of the Media. Reviews of Freedom's Power, available in paperback with a new subtitle: The History and Promise of Liberalism. Why the change? Here's the rationale.

    Last modified, October 19, 2014