Theda Skocpol

Theda Skocpol is Victor S. Thomas Professor of Government and Sociology at Harvard University. Her article in Issue 46 is from a chapter in Civic Engagement in American Democracy from the Brookings Institution.

Our national economic fortune depends on reclaiming a credible role for large-scale public investment. Read more

Special Report

Princeton political scientist Larry Bartels casts provocative light on what's at stake when Americans go to the polls. Read more

Books, Arts and Culture

Civic America has changed. The local forms of participation have faded, and new national advocacy organizations relying on direct mail fundraising have mushroomed. While there are some benefits to the new forms of advocacy, the shift has hurt our shared sense of democratic citizenship. Read more

Money, Politics and Power

The problem isn't that old folks get too much money from government -- it's that young families get too little. Recalling the GI Bill and the politics of generational solidarity. Read more

Health and Social Policy

The history of social policy has a clear lesson. Programs that benefit all citizens do more to reduce poverty than programs targeted to the poor. So a new strategy for gamily security makes more sense than another War on Poverty. Read more