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Paul Starr
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  • 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. Shorter German version: "Die Unerwartete Krise der Vierten Gewalt," Transit [Vienna] (Fall 2011), 170-173.
  • "The Manichean World of Timothy Wu," American Prospect (July-August 2011), 63-66.[Review of The Master Switch.]
  • "Governing in the Age of Fox News," The Atlantic (January-February 2010).
  • "Goodbye to the Age of Newspapers (Hello to a New Era of Corruption)" The New Republic, March 4, 2009, 28-35.
  • "Democratic Theory and the History of Communications," in Barbie Zelizer, ed., Explorations in Communications and History (Routledge, 2008), 34-44.
  • "The Great Telecom Implosion," The American Prospect (September 9, 2002), 20-24.
  • "The Electronic Commons," The American Prospect (March 27-April 10, 2000), 30-34.
  • "Cyberpower and Freedom," The American Prospect no. 33 (July-August 1997): 6-9.
  • "Smart Technology, Stunted Policy: Developing Health Information Networks," Health Affairs 15 (May-Jun 1997), 91-105.
  • "Computing Our Way to Educational Reform, " The American Prospect no. 27 (July-August 1996): 50-59.
  • "Seductions of Sim: Policy as a Simulation Game," The American Prospect, no. 17 (Spring 1994), 19-29.
  • "Social Categories and Claims in the Liberal State," Social Research 59 (Summer 1992): 263-95; different version published in Mary Douglas and David Hull, eds., How Classification Works: Nelson Goodman Among the Social Sciences (Edinburgh University Press, 1992), 154-79.
  • "The Sociology of Official Statistics," in Alonso and Starr, eds., The Politics of Numbers.
  • "Who Will Have the Numbers? The Rise of the Statistical Services Industry and the Politics of Public Data," with Ross Corson, in Alonso and Starr, eds., The Politics of Numbers.
  • "The Electronic Reader," Daedalus (Winter 1983).
  • "Transforming the Libraries," Change, November 1974.

    Reviews and Short Articles

  • "Tomorrow Today"[online: "Nate Silver and the Future of Prediction"] The New Republic (December 31, 2012).
  • "Bad News for the News," IWM Post [newsletter of the Institute for the Human Sciences, Vienna], September-December 2010, 5
  • "The Liberal State in a Digital World," Governance 23 (January 2010), 1-6.
  • "Are We on Track for a Golden Age of Serious Journalism?" A debate with Steven Johnson. Prospect Magazine [U.K.], May 2009.
  • "Revolution Amid Recession" The American Prospect (May 2009), 3.
  • "Freedom's Future Online," The American Prospect (July-August, 2008), 38-41. Review of The Future of the Internet and How to Stop It by Jonathan Zittrain.
  • "Political Networking," Technology Review, April 2005.
  • "Check and Balance" The American Prospect (July 2004).
  • "Reclaiming the Air," The American Prospect 15 (March 2004), 57-60.
  • "A License for Power," The American Prospect (May 2003).
  • "Parodies Lost," The American Prospect (June 4, 2001).
  • "A Nation of Numbers Watchers," Wilson Quarterly, Summer 1985, with William Alonso.
  • Review of Patricia Cline Cohen, A Calculating People: The Rise of Numeracy in Early America, in The New Republic, February 13, 1984.
  • "The Political Economy of National Statistics," Items, Bulletin of the Social Science Research Council (September 1982), with William Alonso.

    Reports and Testimony

  • Testimony before the New Jersey Legislative Task Force on Public Broadcasting," September 14, 2010.
  • "A Future for Public Media in New Jersey: How to Create a New Basis for Public Radio, TV, and Online Media in One of American Journalism's Worst Covered States" (with Scott Weingart and Micah Joselow), New Jersey Policy Perspective, August 2010.
  • Statement to the Federal Communications Commission Workshop on the Future of Media and Information Needs of Communities, March 4, 2010.


    "The Future of News,"Princeton University`s Center for Information Technology Policy, May 14, 2008.

    Panel discussion on "The Design of Influence: How Images and Words Sway Minds," Philoctetes Center, New York City, October 23, 2008.

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