Books

Negro Politics: The Search for Leadership

– James Q. Wilson, Negro Politics: The Search for Leadership (The Free Press, 1960, 1965, 1967; Octagon Books, 1980).
“In his 1960 book, Negro Politics, [Wilson] compared two diverse styles of politics of the most prominent black congressmen of the day, William Dawson and Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Mr.… More

The Amateur Democrat: Club Politics in Three Cities

– James Q. Wilson, The Amateur Democrat: Club Politics in Three Cities (University of Chicago Press, 1962; paperback edition, 1966, 1970, 1972, 1974).
“In 1962, Wilson wrote The Amateur Democrat: Club Politics in Three Cities. In certain respects, The Amateur Democrat is Wilson’s most prophetic work. Political party regulars,… More

City Politics

– Edward C. Banfield and James Q. Wilson, City Politics (Harvard University Press and MIT Press, 1963, 1965; Vintage paperback edition, 1966, 1967).
“On the very first page of City Politics, published in 1963, the reader is told that the day-to-day workings of city government are best understood ‘by looking at the… More

Urban Renewal: The Record and the Controversy

– James Q. Wilson, editor, Urban Renewal: The Record and the Controversy (MIT Press, 1966; paperback edition, 1967, 1968).
This volume, organized under the auspices of the Harvard-MIT Joint Center for Urban Studies, was published in 1966 at the height of the Great Society. Among the authors are influential… More

City Politics and Public Policy

– James Q. Wilson, editor, City Politics and Public Policy (John Wiley & Sons, 1968; paperback edition, 1968).
“In his introduction of City Politics and Public Policy (1968), Wilson noted that research on urban politics taught us ‘a great deal about who governs but surprising little… More

Political Organizations

– James Q. Wilson, Political Organizations (Basic Books, 1974, 1977; Princeton University Press paperback edition, 1995).
The core of Political Organizations “is a ‘theory of incentives’ that Wilson and a friend of his from graduate school, Peter Clark, co-developed under [Edward]… More

Thinking About Crime

– James Q. Wilson, Thinking About Crime (Basic Books, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1983, Vintage revised paperback edition, 1985).
“If George Orwell was right — that all great writers have one title that captures the theme of the all their works – that title for Wilson was Thinking About Crime, which first… More

The Investigators: Managing FBI and Narcotics Agents

– James Q. Wilson, The Investigators: Managing FBI and Narcotics Agents (Basic Books, 1978).
In the early 1970s, Wilson served as a consultant to the Drug Enforcement Agency and as an informal adviser to Clarence M. Kelley, the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation from… More

The Politics of Regulation

– James Q. Wilson, editor, The Politics of Regulation (Basic Books, 1980, 1982).
In the late 1970s, Wilson sent some of his students out to explore the politics of regulation — “how goals were determined, conflict resolved or managed, standards set, and policy… More

Crime and Public Policy

– James Q. Wilson, editor, Crime and Public Policy (ICS Press, 1983).
“By the time Jim published his Crime and Public Policy book in 1983, his critique of academic criminologists had softened. In fact, he chose to compile that book precisely because he… More

Crime and Human Nature: The Definitive Study of the Causes of Crime

– James Q. Wilson and Richard J. Herrnstein, Crime and Human Nature: The Definitive Study of the Causes of Crime (The Free Press, 1985, 1986, 1998).
“In the early 1970s, Wilson began to teach a core curriculum course for Harvard undergraduates with the psychologist Richard Herrnstein. Their collaboration eventually led to one of… More

Understanding and Controlling Crime: Toward a New Research Strategy

– David P. Farrington, Lloyd E. Ohlin, and James Q. Wilson, Understanding and Controlling Crime: Toward a New Research Strategy (Springer, 1986, reprinted 2012).
Wilson “played a major role in persuading the MacArthur Foundation of the need for longitudinal research in criminology, and he coauthored the MacArthur-sponsored book Understanding… More

Bureaucracy: What Government Agencies Do and Why They Do It

– James Q. Wilson, Bureaucracy: What Government Agencies Do and Why They Do It (Basic Books, 1989, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1995, 1997, 2000, 2001, 2006).
“Many of us consider Bureaucracy to be Wilson’s most important book. It is without doubt the greatest book on bureaucracy written by an American, and the greatest book on… More

Drugs and Crime

– Michael Tonry and James Q. Wilson, editors, Drugs and Crime (University of Chicago Press, 1990, 1991).

Crime

– James Q. Wilson and Joan Petersilia, editors, Crime (ICS Press, 1995).

The Moral Sense

– James Q. Wilson, The Moral Sense (The Free Press, 1993, 1995; paperback edition 1997, 1998).
“The Moral Sense towers tall and apart on the Wilson skyline. It seems not to be about politics or policy at all. Its subject is benevolence: how self-interested human beings come to… More

Moral Intuitions

– James Q. Wilson, Moral Intuitions (New Brunswick, NJ: Transaction, 2000).

The Marriage Problem: How Culture Has Weakened Families

– James Q. Wilson, The Marriage Problem: How Culture Has Weakened Families (Harper Collins, 2002, 2003).
In The Marriage Problem, Wilson “attributes the troubling decline of marriage we see around us not to ‘the ’60s’–the all-purpose nemesis of the right–but… More

American Politics Then and Now and Other Essays

– James Q. Wilson, American Politics Then and Now and Other Essays (AEI Press, 2010).
This book “collects 15 essays, most of which appeared initially in The Public Interest, Commentary, and City Journal. They are written for a general audience, not in the sense of… More

Crime and Public Policy

– James Q. Wilson and Joan Petersilia, editors, Crime and Public Policy (Oxford University Press, 2011).

Essays

The Economy of Patronage

– James Q. Wilson, "The Economy of Patronage," Journal of Political Economy, Vol. 69, No. 4 (August 1961), pp. 369-380.

Politics and Reform in American Cities

– James Q. Wilson, "Politics and Reform in American Cities," in Ivan Hinderaker, editor, American Government Annual, 1962-1963 (Holt, Rinehart, and Winston, 1962), pp. 37-52.

Police and Their Problems

– James Q. Wilson, "The Police and Their Problems: A Theory," Public Policy, Number 12 (1963), pp. 189-216.

The Changing Political Position of the Negro

– James Q. Wilson, "The Changing Political Position of the Negro," in Arnold M. Rose, editor, Assuring Freedom to the Free (Wayne State University Press, 1964), pp. 163-184.

An Overview of Theories of Planned Change

– James Q. Wilson, "An Overview of Theories of Planned Change," in  Robert Morris, editor, Centrally Planned Change (National Association of Social Workers, 1964).

Patronage in New York State, 1955-1959

– Daniel Patrick Moynihan and James Q. Wilson, "Patronage in New York State, 1955-1959," American Political Science Review, Vol. 58, No. 2 (June 1964), pp. 286-301.

Voting Behavior on Municipal Public Expenditures

– James Q. Wilson and Edward C. Banfield, "Voting Behavior on Municipal Public Expenditures: A Study of Rationality and Self-Interest," in Julius Margolis, editor, The Public Economy of Urban Communities (Johns Hopkins University Press, 1965).

The Negro in Politics

– James Q. Wilson, "The Negro in Politics," Daedalus, Vol. 94, No. 4 (Fall 1965), pp. 949-973. Reprinted in Talcott Parsons and Kenneth B. Clark, editors, The Negro American (Houghton Mifflin, 1965).

The Negro in City Politics

– Edward C. Banfield and James Q. Wilson, "The Negro in City Politics," in Raymond J. Murphy and Howard Elinson, editors, Problems and Prospects of the Negro Movement (Wadsworth, 1966), pp. 376-394.

Problems in the Study of Urban Politics

– James Q. Wilson, "Problems in the Study of Urban Politics," in Edward H. Buehrig, editor, Essays in Political Science (Indiana University Press, 1966), pp. 131-150.

The War on Cities

– James Q. Wilson, "The War on Cities," The Public Interest, Number 3, Spring 1966.

Crime in the Streets

– James Q. Wilson, "Crime in the Streets," The Public Interest, Number 5, Fall 1966.

Violence

– James Q. Wilson, "Violence," in Daniel Bell and Stephen R. Graubard, editors, Toward the Year 2000: Work in Progress (American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 1967, 1968, 1997), pp. 277-296.

Urban Problems in Perspective

– James Q. Wilson, "Urban Problems in Perspective," in James Q. Wilson, editor, The Metropolitan Enigma (Harvard University Press, 1967, 1968, 1970).

A Guide to Reagan Country

– James Q. Wilson, "A Guide to Reagan Country: The Political Culture of Southern California," Commentary, May 1967.

The Bureaucracy Problem

– James Q. Wilson, "The Bureaucracy Problem," The Public Interest, Number 6, Winter 1967.

Why We Are Having a Wave of Violence

– James Q. Wilson, "Why We Are Having a Wave of Violence," New York Times Magazine, May 19, 1968, pp. 23-24. This essay also appeared in Nathan Glazer, editor, Cities in Trouble (Quadrangle, 1970), pp. 55-66.

Dilemmas of Police Administration

– James Q. Wilson, "Dilemmas of Police Administration," Public Administration Review, Vol. 28, No. 5 (September-October 1968), pp. 407-417.

Crime and Law Enforcement

– James Q. Wilson, "Crime and Law Enforcement," in Kermit Gordon, editor, Agenda for the Nation (Brookings Institution, 1969).

What Makes a Better Policeman

– James Q. Wilson, "What Makes a Better Policeman," Atlantic Monthly, (March 1969), pp. 129-134. This essay also appeared in Stephen M. David and Paul E. Peterson, editors, Urban Politics and Public Policy: The City in Crisis (Praeger, 1976).

The Urban Mood

– James Q. Wilson, "The Urban Mood," Commentary, October 1969.

Crime

– James Q. Wilson, "Crime," in Daniel P. Moynihan, Toward a National Urban Policy (Basic Books, 1970), pp. 140-151.

The Moralist

– James Q. Wilson, "The Moralist," Commentary, March 1971.

Political Ethos Revisited

– James Q. Wilson and Edward C. Banfield, "Political Ethos Revisisted," American Political Science Review, Vol. 65, No. 4 (December 1971), pp. 1048-1062.

Ultimate Politics

– James Q. Wilson, "Ultimate Politics," Commentary, January 1972.

The Police and the Ghetto

– James Q. Wilson, "The Police and the Ghetto," in Robert F. Steadman, editor, The Police and the Community (Johns Hopkins University Press, 1972), pp. 51-90.

Power Structure and Civic Leadership

– Edward C. Banfield and James Q. Wilson, "Power Structure and Civic Leadership," in Fred M. Cox, John L. Erlich, Jack Rothman, and John Tropman, editors, Strategies of Community Organization (Peacock, 1972), pp. 112-122.

The Problem of Heroin

– James Q. Wilson, Mark H. Moore, and I. David Wheat, Jr., "The Problem of Heroin," The Public Interest, Number 29, Fall 1972.

Social Theorist

– James Q. Wilson, "Social Theorist," Commentary, January 1973.

A Radical Life

– James Q. Wilson, "A Radical Life," Commentary, July 1973.

The Sick Sixties

– James Q. Wilson and Robert L. DuPont, "The Sick Sixties," Atlantic Monthly, October 1973, pp. 91-98.

The Politics of Regulation

– James Q. Wilson, "The Politics of Regulation," in James W. McKie, editor, Social Responsibility and the Business Predicament (Brookings Institution, 1974).

Abolish “Reform”

– James Q. Wilson, "Abolish 'Reform'," American Spectator, May 1975, p. 9-10.

Crime in Society and Schools

– James Q. Wilson, "Crime in Society and Schools," Educational Researcher, Vol. 5, No. 5 (May 1976), pp. 3-6

Who is in Prison?

– James Q. Wilson, "Who is in Prison?" Commentary, November 1976.

Police Discretion

– James Q. Wilson, "Police Discretion," in Leon Radzinowicz and Marvin E. Wolfgang, editors, Crime and Justice: Volume II: The Criminal in the Arms of the Law (Basic Books, 1977).

The Greasy Pole

– James Q. Wilson, "The Greasy Pole," Commentary, February 1977.

Social Science and Public Policy

– James Q. Wilson, "Social Science and Public Policy: A Personal Note," in Lawrence E. Lynn, Jr., editor, Knowledge and Policy: The Uncertain Connection (National Academy of Sciences, 1978).

Age, Crime, and Punishment

– Barbara Boland and James Q. Wilson, "Age, Crime, and Punishment," The Public Interest, Number 51, Spring 1978.

Buying the Vote

– James Q. Wilson, "Buying the Vote," Commentary, December 1978.

Double Standard

– James Q. Wilson, "Double Standard," Commentary, January 1979.

In California

– James Q. Wilson, "In California," Commentary, September 1979.

Police Research and Experimentation

– James Q. Wilson, "Police Research and Experimentation," in Richard A. Staufenberger, editor, Progress in Policing: Essays on Change (Ballinger, 1980).

The Politics of Regulation

– James Q. Wilson, "The Politics of Regulation," in James Q. Wilson, editor, The Politics of Regulation (Basic Books, 1980), pp. 357-394.

What Can the Police Do About Violence?

– James Q. Wilson, "What Can the Police Do About Violence?" Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, Vol. 452 (November 1980), pp. 13-21.

The Effects of the Police on Crime

– James Q. Wilson and Barbara Boland, "The Effects of the Police on Crime: A Response to Jacob and Rich," Law and Society Review, Vol. 16, No. 1 (1981-1982), pp. 136-170.

Broken Windows

– George L. Kelling and James Q. Wilson, "Broken Windows: The Police and Neighborhood Safety," Atlantic Monthly, March 1982.

The Dilemmas of Conservatism II

– James Q. Wilson, "The Dilemmas of Conservatism II: Reagan the Politician," American Spectator, March 1982, pp. 13-16.

Raising Kids

– James Q. Wilson, "Raising Kids," Atlantic Monthly (1983), pp. 45-56.

Thinking About Crime

– James Q. Wilson, "Thinking About Crime," Atlantic Monthly, September 1983.

Neglected Areas of Research on Regulation

– James Q. Wilson, "Neglected Areas of Research on Regulation," in Roger G. Noll, editor, Regulatory Policy and the Social Sciences (University of California Press, 1985 ), pp. 357-363.

Are Criminals Made or Born?

– Richard J. Herrnstein and James Q. Wilson, "Are Criminals Made or Born?" New York Times Magazine, August 4, 1985, pp 30-32, 43, 46.

Public Ownership vs. Energy Conservation

– James Q. Wilson and Louise Richardson, "Public Ownership vs. Energy Conservation: A Paradox of Utility Regulation," Regulation, Vol. 9, No. 13 (September-October 1985), pp. 13-17, 36-38.

Political Parties and the Separation of Powers

– James Q. Wilson, "Political Parties and the Separation of Powers," in Robert A. Goldwin and Art Kaufman, editors, Separation of Powers: Does It Still Work? (AEI Press, 1986), pp. 18-37.

Strategic Opportunities for Delinquency Prevention

– James Q. Wilson, "Strategic Opportunities for Delinquency Prevention," in James Q. Wilson and Glenn C. Loury, editors, From Children to Citizens: Vol. 3: Families, Schools, and Delinquency Prevention (Springer-Verlag, 1987), pp. 291-311.

Into the Abyss

– James Q. Wilson, "Into the Abyss," Commentary, July 1988.

Entering Criminology Through the Back Door

– James Q. Wilson, "Entering Criminology Through the Back Door," The Criminologist: Official Newsletter of the American Society of Criminology, Volume 13, Number 6, November-December 1988.

Making Neighborhoods Safe

– James Q. Wilson and George L. Kelling, "Making Neighborhoods Safe," Atlantic Monthly, Vol. 263, Issue 2 (February 1989), pp. 46-52.

Drugs and Crime

– James Q. Wilson, "Drugs and Crime," Crime and Justice, Vol. 13 (1990), pp. 521-545.

Multiple Choice Test

– James Q. Wilson, "Multiple Choice Test," The New Republic, October 8, 1990.
A review essay of John Chubb and Terry Moe’s Politics, Markets, and America’s Schools.

Interest and Deliberation in the American Republic

– James Q. Wilson, "Interest and Deliberation in the American Republic, or, Why James Madison Would Never Have Received the James Madison Award," PS: Political Science and Politics, Volume 23, Number 4 (December 1990), pp. 558-562.

The Government Gap

– James Q. Wilson, "The Government Gap," The New Republic, June 3, 1991.
A review essay of E.J. Dionne’s Why Americans Hate Politics and Alan Ehrenhalt’s The United States of Ambition.

Incivility and Crime

– James Q. Wilson, "Incivility and Crime," in Edward C. Banfield, editor, Civility and Citizenship (Paragon House, 1992).

Crime, Race, and Values

– James Q. Wilson, "Crime, Race, and Values," Society, Vol. 30, No. 1 (November-December 1992), pp. 90-93.

The Moral Sense

– James Q. Wilson, "The Moral Sense," American Political Science Review, Volume 87, Number 1, March 1993, pp. 1-11.
Presidential Address, American Political Science Association, 1992.

Stagestruck

– James Q. Wilson, "Stagestruck," The New Republic, June 21, 1993.
A review essay of Kiku Adatto’s Picture Perfect.

On Gender

– James Q. Wilson, "On Gender," The Public Interest, Number 112, Summer 1993.

Culture, Incentives, and the Underclass

– James Q. Wilson, "Culture, Incentives, and the Underclass," in Henry J. Aaron, Thomas E. Mann, and Timothy Taylor, editors, Values and Public Policy (Brookings Institution, 1994), pp. 54-80. This essay also appears in Don E. Eberly, editor, The Essential Civil Society Reader: The Classic Essays (Rowman and Littlefield, 2000), pp. 195-216.

Can the Bureaucracy be Deregulated?

– James Q. Wilson, "Can the Bureaucracy be Deregulated? Lessons from Government Agencies," in John J. DiIulio, Jr., editor, Deregulating the Public Service: Can Government Be Improved? (Brookings Institution, 1994), pp. 37-61.

On Abortion

– James Q. Wilson, "On Abortion," Commentary, January 1994.

Tales of Virtue

– James Q. Wilson, "Tales of Virtue," Commentary, April 1994.

Reinventing Public Administration

– James Q. Wilson, "Reinventing Public Administration," PS: Political Science and Politics, Vol. 27, No. 4 (December 1994), pp. 667-673.

Liberalism, Modernism, and the Good Life

– James Q. Wilson, "Liberalism, Modernism, and the Good Life," in Mary Ann Glendon and David Blankenhorn, editors, Seedbeds of Virtue: Sources of Character and Citizenship in American Society (Madison Books, 1995).

Thinking About Reorganization

– James Q. Wilson, "Thinking About Reorganization," in Roy Godson, Ernest R, May, and Gary Schmitt, editors, US Intelligence at the Crossroads: Agendas for Reform (Brasseys, 1995).

Justice versus Humanity in the Family

– James Q. Wilson, "Justice versus Humanity in the Family," in The Neoconservative Imagination: Essays in Honor of Irving Kristol (AEI Press, 1995), pp. 147-164.

New Politics, New Elites, Old Publics

– James Q. Wilson, "New Politics, New Elites, Old Publics," in Marc K. Landy and Martin A. Levin, editors, The New Politics of Public Policy (Johns Hopkins University Press, 1995), pp. 249-267.

Liberal Ghosts

– James Q. Wilson, Liberal Ghosts, New Republic, May 22, 1995, pp. 31-34.

Capitalism and Morality

– James Q. Wilson, "Capitalism and Morality," The Public Interest, Number 121, Fall 1995.

Cultural Aspects of Poverty

– James Q. Wilson, "Cultural Aspects of Poverty," in Michael R. Darby, editor, Reducing Poverty in America: Views and Approaches (Sage, 1996), pp. 367-372.

Culture, Crime, and Human Nature

– James Q. Wilson, "Culture, Crime, and Human Nature," in T. William Boxx and Gary M. Quinlivan, editors, Culture in Crisis and the Renewal of Civil Life (Rowman and Littlefield, 1996).

The Corporation as a Political Actor

– James Q. Wilson, "The Corporation as a Political Actor," in Carl Kaysen, editor, The American Corporation Today (Oxford University Press, 1996).

No More Home Alone

– James Q. Wilson and Kathleen Sylvester, "No More Home Alone," Policy Review, March 1996, pp. 34-39.

How Do We Know We are Doing Good?

– James Q. Wilson, "How Do We Know We are Doing Good?," in John W. Barry and Bruno V. Manno, editors, Giving Better, Giving Smarter: Working Papers of the National Commission on Philanthropy and Civic Renewal (National Commission on Philanthropy and Civic Renewal, 1997), pp. 207-213.

Paternalism, Democracy, and Bureaucracy

– James Q. Wilson, "Paternalism, Democracy, and Bureaucracy," in Lawrence M. Mead, editor, The New Paternalism: Supervisory Approaches to Poverty (Brookings Institution, 1997), pp. 330-343.

Hostility in America

– James Q. Wilson, "Hostility in America," The New Republic, August 25, 1997. This essay also appeared in the University of Colorado Law Review, Vol. 69, No. 4 (Fall 1998).

Making Justice Swifter

– James Q. Wilson, "Making Justice Swifter," City Journal, Vol. 7, No. 4, Autumn 1997.

The Closing of the American City

– James Q. Wilson, "The Closing of the American City," The New Republic, May 11, 1998.
A review essay of Lou Cannon’s Official Negligence and Tamar Jacoby’s Someone Else’s House.

Idealizing Politics

– James Q. Wilson, "Idealizing Politics," Critical Review, Vol. 12, No. 4 (1998), pp. 563-568.

City Life and Citizenship

– James Q. Wilson, "City Life and Citizenship," in Martha Derthick, editor, Dilemmas of Scale in America's Federal Democracy, (Woodrow Wilson Center Press and Cambridge University Press, 1999), pp. 17-36.

Hate and Punishment

– James Q. Wilson, "Hate and Punishment," National Review, September 13, 1999.

Cultural Meltdown

– James Q. Wilson, "Cultural Meltdown," The Public Interest, Number 137, Fall 1999.

Religion and Public Life

– James Q. Wilson, "Religion and Public Life,"E.J. Dionne, Jr., and John J. DiIulio, Jr., editors, What's God Got to do With the American Experiment? (Brookings Institution, 2000). This essay also appeared in James R. Wilburn, editor, Faith and Public Policy (Lexington Books, 2002).

Guns and Bush

– James Q. Wilson, "Guns and Bush," Slate, October 13, 2000.

Crime

– James Q. Wilson, "Crime," in Abigail Thernstrom and Stephan Thernstrom, editors, Beyond the Color Line: New Perspectives on Race and Ethnicity in America (Hoover Institution Press, 2002), pp. 115-126.

Profiles in Courage

– James Q. Wilson and Heather Higgins, "Profiles in Courage," Wall Street Journal, January 10, 2002, p. A12.

Liberalism and Diversity

– James Q. Wilson, "Liberalism and Diversity," The Public Interest, Number 148, Summer 2002.

The Reform Islam Needs

– James Q. Wilson, "The Reform Islam Needs," City Journal, Vol. 12, No. 4, Autumn 2002.

Why We Don’t Marry

– James Q. Wilson, "Why We Don't Marry," City Journal, Vol. 12, No. 1, Winter 2002.

Reflections on the Political Context

– James Q. Wilson, "Reflections on the Political Context," in Henry J. Aaron, James M. Lindsay, and Pietro S. Nivola, editors, Agenda for the Nation (Brookings Institution, 2003), pp. 527-550.

The Family Way

– James Q. Wilson, "The Family Way," Wall Street Journal, January 7, 2003.

The Right Man

– James Q. Wilson, "The Right Man," Commentary, March 2003.

Sex Matters

– James Q. Wilson, "Sex Matters," Wall Street Journal, July 13, 2004.

Broken

– James Q. Wilson, "Broken," Commentary, October 2004.

Why America Works

– James Q. Wilson, "Why America Works," Claremont Review of Books, Vol. 4, No. 4, Fall 2004.

Islam and Freedom

– James Q. Wilson, "Islam and Freedom," Commentary, December 2004.

What Makes a Terrorist?

– James Q. Wilson, "What Makes a Terrorist?" City Journal, Vol. 14, No. 1, Winter 2004.

Marriage and Commitment

– James Q. Wilson, "Marriage and Commitment," Marriage and Families, Vol. 16, No. 1 (2005), pp. 2-11.

Character and Culture

– James Q. Wilson, "Character and Culture," The Public Interest, Number 159, Spring 2005.

Freakonomics

– James Q. Wilson, "Freakonomics," Commentary, July 2005.

Tanner Lectures

– James Q. Wilson, "I. Politics and Polarization" and "II. Religion and Polarization," Tanner Lectures on Human Values, Harvard University, November 2-3, 2005.

America’s Mayor

– James Q. Wilson, "America's Mayor," Claremont Review of Books, December 2005, pp. 13-15.

Divided We Stand

– James Q. Wilson, "Divided We Stand," Wall Street Journal, February 15, 2006.

A Quarter Century of Broken Windows

– James Q. Wilson and George L. Kelling, "A Quarter Century of Broken Windows," American Interest, September-October 2006, 99. 168-172.

American Exceptionalism

– James Q. Wilson, "American Exceptionalism," American Spectator, September 2006. This essay also appeared in James Piereson, editor, The Pursuit of Liberty: Can the Ideals that Made America Great Provide a Model for the World? (Encounter, 2008).

The Need for Evaluation Research

– James Q. Wilson, "The Need for Evaluation Research," Journal of Experimental Criminology, Vol. 2, No. 3 (September 2006), pp. 321-328.

The Press at War

– James Q. Wilson, "The Press at War," City Journal, Vol. 16, No. 4, Autumn 2006.

Bowling with Others

– James Q. Wilson, "Bowling with Others," Commentary, October 2007.
Excerpt: In his celebrated book, Bowling Alone (2000), the political scientist Robert D. Putnam argued that America, and perhaps the Western world as a whole, has become increasingly… More

A Real Insurance Fraud

– James Q. Wilson, "A Real Insurance Fraud," Wall Street Journal, November 16, 2007.

Criminal Justice

– James Q. Wilson, "Criminal Justice," in Peter H. Schuck and James Q. Wilson, editors, Understanding America: The Anatomy of American Exceptionalism (Public Affairs, 2008).

Looking Back

– Peter H. Schuck and James Q. Wilson, "Looking Back," in Peter H. Schuck, and James Q. Wilson, editors, Understanding America: The Anatomy of American Exceptionalism (Public Affairs, 2008).

Pat Moynihan Thinks About Families

– James Q. Wilson, "Pat Moynihan Thinks About Families," Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, No. 621, January 2009, pp. 28-33.

Religion and Polarization

– James Q. Wilson, "Religion and Polarization," in Robert Faulkner and Susan Shell, editors, America at Risk: Threats to Liberal Self-Government in an Age of Uncertainty (University of Michigan, 2009).

Free to Use

– James Q. Wilson, "Free to Use," Claremont Review of Books, December 2009, pp. 33-34.

The DNA of Politics

– James Q. Wilson, "The DNA of Politics," City Journal, Vol. 19, No. 1, Winter 2009.

Free to Use

– James Q. Wilson, "Free to Use," Claremont Review of Books," Vol. 10, No. 1, Winter 2009-2010, pp.

Lessons of the Stimulus

– James Q. Wilson and Pietro S. Nivola, "Lessons of the Stimulus," Essays in Public Policy, Hoover Institution, October 14, 2010.

The Future of Blame

– James Q. Wilson, "The Future of Blame," National Affairs, Number 2, Winter 2010.

Beyond Ideology

– James Q. Wilson, "Beyond Ideology," Wall Street Journal, January 21, 2011.

Uneven Progress

– James Q. Wilson, "Uneven Progress," Claremont Review of Books, Vol. 11, Nos. 1 and 2, Winter 2010-Spring 2011, pp. 88-89.

Not-So-Dismal Science

– James Q. Wilson, "Not-So-Dismal Science," Claremont Review of Books, Vol. 11, No. 3, Summer 2011, pp. 65-66.

Burying the Hatchet

– James Q. Wilson "Burying the Hatchet," Wall Street Journal, October 1, 2011.

Measuring the Slant

– James Q. Wilson, "Measuring the Slant," Claremont Review of Books, Vol. 12, No. 1, Winter 2011-2012, pp. 80-81.

Tocqueville and America

– James Q. Wilson, "Tocqueville and America," Claremont Review of Books, Vol. 12, No. 2, Spring 2012, pp. 14-16.
Excerpt of an admiring but critical essay by James Q. Wilson on Tocqueville: Democracy in America by Alexis de Tocqueville is no doubt the greatest book ever written by a foreigner about… More

Commentary

The Public Administration of James Q. Wilson

– John J. DiIulio, Jr., Steven Kelman, Christopher H. Foreman, Jr., Robert A. Katzmann, and Pietro S. Nivola, "The Public Administration of James Q. Wilson: A Symposium on Bureaucracy," Public Administration Review, May/June 1991, Vol. 51, No. 3.

No Easy Answers

– William D. Eggers and John O'Leary,"No Easy Answers: James Q. Wilson on Bureaucracy, Crime, and Community," Reason, February 1995.
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A Thinker Attuned to Thinking

– Richard Bernstein, "A Thinker Attuned to Thinking; James Q. Wilson Has Insights, Like Those on Cutting Crime, That Tend to Prove Out," New York Times, August 22, 1998.

Interview

– "The Free Society Requires a Moral Sense, Social Capital," Religion and Liberty, Acton Institute, July-August 1999.

Interview

– Ben Wattenberg, "James Q. Wilson Interview," First Measured Century, PBS.

Conservatism and Common Sense

– Matt Delisi, "Conservatism and Common Sense: The Criminological Career of James Q. Wilson," Justice Quarterly, Vol. 20, No. 3 (September 2003), pp. 661-674.

Balance is All

– R. Shep Melnick, "Balance is All," Claremont Review of Books, Fall 2010.
R. Shep Melnick reviews James Q. Wilson’s American Politics, Then & Now And Other Essays.

James Q. Wilson in His Own Words

– "James Q. Wilson in His Own Words: Excerpts from the Late Social Scientist's Op-Eds in the Wall Street Journal," Wall Street Journal, March 2, 2012.

Remembering James Q. Wilson

– Steven M. Teles, "Remembering James Q. Wilson," Ten Square Miles blog, Washington Monthly, March 2, 2012.

Man of Reason

– Heather Mac Donald, "Man of Reason," Eye on the News blog, City Journal, March 4, 2012.

James Q. Wilson

– "James Q. Wilson, Investigator of American Society, Died on March 2nd, aged 80," The Economist, March 10, 2012.

Academic Paragon

– Jeremy Rabkin, "Academic Paragon: Thinking About James Q. Wilson,"  Weekly Standard, March 19, 2012.

Recollections on James Q. Wilson

– George L. Kelling, "Recollections on James Q. Wilson," Subject to Debate, Police Executive Research Forum, Vol. 6, No. 2, March/April 2012.

James Q. Wilson, 1931-2012

– James Piereson, "James Q. Wilson, 1931-2012: A Look at the Life of the Conservative Scholar," New Criterion, April 2012.

Political Science as a Vocation

– R. Shep Melnick, "Political Science as a Vocation: An Appreciation of the Life and Work of James Q. Wilson," The Forum, Vol. 10, No. 1, 2012.

Learning from James Q. Wilson

– Pietro S. Nivola, "Learning from James Q. Wilson," National Affairs, Number 12, Summer 2012.
As one of his students — who became a colleague and friend — I learned three lessons from him above all. And in classic Wilson style, they were straightforward: First, be sure to get… More

James Q. Wilson

– Michael J. Sandel, Sidney Verba, and Harvey C. Mansfield, "Memorial Minute: James Q. Wilson," Harvard Gazette, February 6, 2013.

Papers from Thinking about Politics: A Conference Dedicated to Explaining and Perpetuating the Political Insights of James Q. Wilson

Thinking About Politics: A Conference Dedicated to Explaining and Perpetuating the Political Insights of James Q. Wilson took place at Harvard University and Boston College on April 4-5, 2013.
Papers delivered at the conference: Martha Bayles, Boston College, The Crooked Timber of Womanhood John J. DiIulio, Jr., University of Pennsylvania, Moral Sense and Religious Sensibility:… More

James Q. Wilson and the Defense of Moral Judgment

– Sally Satel, "James Q. Wilson and the Defense of Moral Judgment," The American, 8 August 2013.
Excerpt: This summer marks the twentieth anniversary of James Q. Wilson’s The Moral Sense. Written in a time of creeping moral relativism, Wilson wrote in defense of judgment — and, in… More

James Q. Wilson and American Exceptionalism

– Peter Schuck, "James Q. Wilson and American Exceptionalism," National Affairs, Winter: 2016.
Peter Schuck considers James Q. Wilson’s idea of American Exceptionalism. Excerpt: Is our country unique? That question is difficult for the citizens of any nation to think about… More

Multimedia

Neighborhood Safety

– James Q. Wilson moderates a discussion about neighborhood safety from 1985 sponsored by the National Institute for Justice.

On Crime

– James Q. Wilson delivered a lecture on crime at Pepperdine University on January 16, 2001.

The Marriage Problem

– James Q. Wilson discussed his book, The Marriage Problem, on Connie Martinson Talks Books in 2002.

Religion and Freedom

– James Q. Wilson delivered the annual lecture as Ronald Reagan Professor of Public Policy at Pepperdine University at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library on November 19, 2002.

Who Becomes a Terrorist?

– James Q. Wilson delivered the annual lecture as Ronald Reagan Professor of Public Policy at Pepperdine University at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library on October 14, 2003.

Marriage and Commitment

– James Q. Wilson, "Marriage and Commitment," Marjorie Pay Hinckley Lecture, Brigham Young University, February 5, 2005.

Skid Row Policing

– James Q. Wilson talks about skid row policing at a Manhattan Institute Conference in Los Angeles on January 17, 2008.

The Genetic Basis of Political Views

– James Q. Wilson's Annual Lecture as Ronald Reagan Professor of Public Policy at Pepperdine University, delivered at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library on September 15, 2008.

President Obama and National Security

– James Q. Wilson presented a lecture on the Obama Administration's national security policy at the Clough Center for Constitutional Democracy, Boston College, on April 8, 2010.

Youth Crime

– James Q. Wilson discusses youth crime on Canadian television.

Remembrance of James Q. Wilson

– Heather Mac Donald, "Remembrance of James Q. Wilson," Twelfth Annual Manhattan Institute Alexander Hamilton Awards Dinner, May 21, 2012.
http://www.manhattan-institute.org/video/?c=AH2012p3

The Man with a Take Some-Prisoners Approach

The Man with a Take Some-Prisoners Approach: Remembering the Legacy of James Q. Wilson was a panel discussion held in Los Angeles on June 4, 2012. It featured Mark A.R. Kleiman of UCLA, Angela Hawken of Pepperdine University, Mark Peterson of UCLA, and Charlie Beck of the Los Angeles Police Department.

The Legacy of James Q. Wilson

– The Hudson Institute's 2012 Bradley Symposium, Knowledge and Governance in American Democracy: The Legacy of James Q. Wilson, was held in Washington, D.C., on June 7, 2012. It was moderated by William Kristol of The Weekly Standard and Yuval Levin of National Affairs, and featured Karlyn Bowman of the American Enterprise Institute, Christopher DeMuth of the Hudson Institute, and R. Shep Melnick of Boston College.

The Intellectual Life and Legacy of James Q. Wilson

– In this event, held at the RAND Corporation on January 17, 2013, several of James Q. Wilson's former students--Pietro Nivola of the Brookings Institution, R. Shep Melnick of Boston College, Angela Hawken of Pepperdine University, and Susan Marquis of the Pardee RAND Graduate School--share their thoughts on his legacy and his enduring impact on public policy.

Thinking About Politics

Thinking About Politics: A Conference Dedicated to Explaining and Perpetuating the Political Insights of James Q. Wilson took place at Harvard University and Boston College on April 4-5, 2013.
Thursday, April 4, 2013 Harvard University, CGIS-South, Belfer Case Study Room, S020 1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA Welcome and Introduction R. Shep Melnick, Boston College Panel 1:… More

Character and the Moral Sense

– "Character and the Moral Sense" Conference in Honor of James Q. Wilson, Pepperdine University, February 28 - March 1, 2014.
On February 28 – March 1, 2014, Pepperdine University honored the legacy of James Q. Wilson with a two day conference on his thought and work. Particular attention was paid to… More

Charles Murray on Economic and Moral Life in America

– Charles Murray, Conversations with Bill Kristol, July 14, 2014. (Discussion of James Q. Wilson's impact on crime policy).
In this section of a wide-ranging conversation on Conversations with Bill Kristol, Charles Murray of the American Enterprise Institute discusses the immense impact of James Q. Wilson on… More

Christopher DeMuth on Ideas and Public Policy

– Christopher DeMuth, Conversations with Bill Kristol, October 27, 2014.
In this segment of a conversation from Conversations with Bill Kristol, Christopher DeMuth, former president of the American Enterprise Institute, distinguished fellow at the Hudson… More

Conversations with Bill Kristol: James Ceaser

– James Ceaser, Conversations with Bill Kristol, March 2, 2015.
In this footage from Conversations with Bill Kristol, University of Virginia political scientist James Ceaser reflects on the lives and ideas of seminal teachers of political philosophy and… More

Teaching

Dissertations Supervised by James Q. Wilson

Student/Date Ph.D. Awarded Harvey Sapolsky/August 1966 Basil Mott/March 1967 Emily Stoper/March 1969 Paul Weaver/March 1968 George Garson/June 1969 David Wax/June 1969 Martin Shefter/March… More