“In Keeping the Compound Republic, a 2001 collection of her essays published by Brookings Institution Press, Derthick explained her lifetime interest in federalism and skepticism of centralization, stating that she had a ‘strong personal preference for a… More
“In recent years, tobacco politics has been a multi-layered issue fraught with significant legal, commercial, and public policy implications. From the outset, Martha A. Derthick’s Up in Smoke took a nuanced look at tobacco politics in a new era of… More
“In the classical political thought of the West, it was supposed that democracies must be small and direct. Democracy was a form in which all citizens must participate, thus it could exist only on a very circumscribed scale—that of the Greek city-state,… More
“Prize-winning author Martha Derthick draws on the recent experience of the Social Security Administration to examine the quality of policymaker’s guidance and the feasibility of their policies. Derthick concludes that many structural features of… More
“The standard wisdom among political scientists has been that ‘iron triangles’ operated among regulatory agencies, the regulated industries, and members of Congress, all presumably with a stake in preserving regulation that protected the industries from… More
“Probably [Derthick’s] best known study was Policymaking for Social Security (1979), which won the Gladys Kammerer award of the American Political Science Association. The book analyzed how Social Security grew from a small program at its birth into a… More
“Uncontrollable Spending for Social Services Grants . . . chronicled not how a high-profile federal initiative had fizzled but rather how an inconspicuous one had mushroomed, way beyond anything that its authors and federal overseers had anticipated. . . .… More
“The author is content with the . . . modest goals of describing what has happened when regional organizations were formed, and why it is visionary to expect much else in a democratic government designed according to the principles of federalism and… More
“New Towns in-Town . . . chronicled the demise of a federal program to build model new communities on surplus federal land—socially and racially mixed, beacons of hope amid the urban tumult and inner-city squalor of the riot-torn Sixties. The idea for… More
“This book reports an important study of the impact of federal aid on public assistance programs and their administration in a state which had a highly developed public assistance program when the Social Security Act was enacted in 1935. It examines in… More
A group of James Q. Wilson’s former students gathered to discuss his work at a two-day conference, April 4-5, 2013, at Harvard University and Boston College.
The panel was chaired by the Honorable John Shadegg and also featured Paul Moreno and Thomas G. West.