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Paul Starr





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Testimony and reports




  • "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.
  • "A Wasted Crisis? Why Democrats Did So Little to Change Wall Street," The New Republic (July 15, 2013), 48-53.
  • "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].
  • "Cockroaches and Compromise," The New Republic (May 10, 2012), 31-33.
  • "The Manichean World of Timothy Wu," American Prospect (July-August 2011), 63-66.[Review of The Master Switch.]
  • "Liberalism for Now" New York Review of Books, July 16, 2009. Review of Ronald Dworkin, Is Democracy Possible Here?.
  • "Welcome to the Party," The New Republic, Nov. 19, 2008, 39-42. Review of Nancy Rosenblum's On the Side of the Angels: An Appreciation of Parties and Partisanship.
  • "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.
  • "The Return of the Nativist" The New Republic June 21, 2004, 25-28. [on Samuel Huntington's Who Are We?]
  • Review of Jason DeParle, American Dream, The New York Times, Nov. 3, 2004, E8.
  • "Women's Work," The New York Times Book Review (February 11, 2001), 10. [On Ann Crittenden's The Price of Motherhood.]
  • "The Public Vanishes," The New Republic (August 14, 2000), 35-37 [On Robert Putnam's Bowling Alone.]
  • "Scored for Life," The New Republic November 29, 1999.[On Nicholas Lemann's The Big Test: The Secret History of the American Meritocracy.]
  • Review of Theda Skocpol's Boomerang: Clinton's Health Security Effort and the Turn Against Government in U.S. Politics,Contemporary Sociology(March-April 1997):150-153.
  • "Nothing Neo," The New Republic (December 4, 1995), 35-38.[On Irving Kristol's Neoconservatism: The Autobiography of an Idea.]
  • Review of Annalee Saxenian, Regional Advantage: Culture and Competition in Silicon Valley and Route 128 (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1994), in Contemporary Sociology (May 1995).
  • "Revel Without a Cause," The New Republic, February 3,1992.[On Jean-Francois Revel's The Flight From Truth.]
  • "Good Offices," The New Republic, July 23, 1990.[On James Q. Wilson's Bureaucracy.]
  • "The Price of Pessimism," The New Republic, January 23, 1989. [On Nathan Glazer's The Limits of Social Policy.]
  • "Losing More Ground," The New Republic, December 5, 1988. [On Charles Murray's In Pursuit.]
  • Review of Robert Jay Lifton, The Nazi Doctors, in The New Republic, November 24, 1986.
  • Review of Patricia Cline Cohen, A Calculating People: The Rise of Numeracy in Early America, in The New Republic, February 13, 1984.
  • Review of Bruce Vladeck, Unloving Care: The Nursing Home Tragedy, in The New York Times Book Review, April 16, 1980.
  • Review of William J. Wilson, The Declining Significance of Race and Dorothy K. Newman, et al., Protest, Politics and Prosperity in The New York Times Book Review, January 7, 1979.
  • "Hollywood's New Ideal of Masculinity," The New York Times (Sunday Arts & Leisure), July 16, 1978.
  • "The Helpers and the Renegades" The New York Times Book Review, May 21, 1978. [On Willard Gaylin et al.'s Doing Good).
  • "How They Fail" Working Papers for a New Society, March/April 1978. [On Frances Fox Piven and Richard A. Cloward's Poor People's Movements: Why They Succeed, How They Fail.]
  • Review of Robert Coles, Children of Crisis, vols. 4 and 5, The New York Times Book Review, January 22, 1978.
  • Review of Godfrey Hodgson, America in Our Time and Morris Dickstein, Gates of Eden, in The New Republic, May 24, 1977.
  • Review of Robert Nisbet, Sociology as an Art Form, in The New York Times Book Review, October 31, 1976.
  • Review of Roberto Unger, Knowledge and Politics, in The New Republic, March 20, 1976.
  • Review of Kirkpatrick Sale, Power Shift, in The New Republic, December 13, 1975.
  • Review of Charles Kadushin, The American Intellectual Elite, in The New York Times Book Review, September 15, 1974.
  • Review of Alvin Gouldner, For Sociology, in The New York Times Book Review, February 2, 1974.
  • Review of Michael Young and Peter Wilmott, The Symmetrical Family, in The New York Times Book Review, February 3, 1974.
  • Review of Robert Jay Lifton, Home From the War, in Worldview, October 1973.



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