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Paul Starr

Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs, and Stuart Professor of Communications and Public Affairs, Princeton University

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

Forthcoming: The Social Transformation of American Medicine (May 30 2017), updated from the original 1982 edition, with a 22,000-word epilogue on the evolution of health care over past 35 years.

Recent writing

  • "The Republican Health-Care Unraveling: Resist Now, Rebound Later," The American Prospect (Spring 2017), 5-7.
  • "Who Are We Americans Now?" The American Prospect(Winter 2017), 19-23.
  • "When an Election Damages Democracy," The American Prospect (Fall 2016).
  • "We're For You," The Nation, October 11, 2016.
  • "What Is Hillary Clinton's Agenda?" The American Prospect (Summer 2016).
  • "The Democrats as a Movement Party," The American Prospect (Spring 2016), 5-7.
  • "A Shocking Increase in White Death Rates in Midlife--and What It Says about American Society," The American Prospect, November 2, 2015.
  • "The Politics of Frustration," The American Prospect (Fall 2015), 104.
  • "Cultures of Impunity," The American Prospect (Summer 2015), 5.
  • "The Crash of The New Republic," The American Prospect (Winter 2015).
  • "How Gilded Ages End," The American Prospect (Spring 2015), 31-39.
  • "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.
  • "A Different Road to a Fair Society," New York Review of Books May 22, 2014.
  • "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.
  • "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).
  • " 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, May 28, 2017