Books & Media


1.Trapped in America’s Safety Net: One Family’s Struggle. University of Chicago Press, 2014

2."The Delegated Welfare State: Medicare, Markets, and the Governance of American Social Policy," Campbell, Andrea and Morgan, Kimberly, Oxford University Press, 2011

3.How Policies Make Citizens: Senior Citizen Activism and the American Welfare State. Princeton University Press. 2003-2005


“The Social, Political, and Economic Effects of the Affordable Care Act: Introduction to the Issue,” with Lara Shore-Sheppard. RSF: Russell Sage Foundation Journal 6; 2 (June 2020): 1-40.

“The Affordable Care Act and Mass Policy Feedbacks.” Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law 45; 4 (August 2020): 567-80.

“Criminal Justice or Public Health? A Comparison of the Representation of the Crack Cocaine and Opioid Epidemics in the Media” with Carmel Shachar, Tess Wise, and Gali Katznelson. Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law 45; 2 (April 2020): 211-39.

“Tax Designs and Tax Attitudes.” The Forum 16; 3 (October 2018): 369-98.

“Policy Feedbacks,” Oxford Bibliographies in Political Science. Available at (January 2018).

"Family Story as Political Science: Reflections on Writing Trapped in America’s Safety Net,” Perspectives on Politics 13; 4 (December 2015): 1043-52.

"Reassessing the Conventional Wisdom: Entitlements from the Inside,” The Forum 13 (1) (2015): 105-118.

"The Durability of Pierson’s Theory about the Durability of the Welfare State,” symposium on the 20th anniversary of Paul Pierson’s Dismantling the Welfare State, PS: Political Science & Politics 48; 2 (April 2015): 284-88.

"Has Child Care Policy Finally Come of Age?" The American Prospect 26; 2 (25th Anniversary edition, Spring 2015): 122-124.

"The Substance of Policy Areas Representation: Some Observations about Social Policy and Tax Policy," The Democracy Papers, Anxieties of Democracy Program, Social Science Research Council,

Review of The Undeserving Rich: American Beliefs about Inequality, Opportunity, and Redistribution by Leslie McCall (Cambridge University Press, 2013). Public Opinion Quarterly 78; 1 (Spring 2014): 194-196.

"Tax Attitudes in the Obama Era," Tax Law Review 67; 4 (Summer 2014): 647-68.

“State Fiscal Policy during the Great Recession: Budgetary Impacts and Policy Responses,” Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science 650 (November 2013).

“JHPPL Workshop on Medicaid Fiscal and Governance Issues: Objectives and Themes,” with Peter V. Long. Journal of Health Politics Policy and Law 38;4 (August 2013): 841-44.

“Policy Makes Mass Politics,” Annual Review of Political Science 15 (2012): 333-51.

“America the Undertaxed,” Foreign Affairs 91 (September/October 2012): 99-112.

  • Most viewed piece in issue
  • Subject of debate, “Are Taxes Too Damn High? The Debate about the Rate,” with critique by Grover Norquist, “Cut and Grow,” Foreign Affairs 91 (Nov/Dec 2012): 156-9, and my response, Foreign Affairs 91 (Nov/Dec 2012): 160-2.

“Policy Feedbacks and the Impact of Policy Designs on Public Opinion,” Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law 36 (December 2011): 961-73.

"The 10 Percent Solution: Why Progressives Can Stop Worrying and Love a Value-Added Tax." Democracy 19 (Winter 2011), 54-63.

“Delegated Governance in the Affordable Care Act of 2010,” with Kimberly J. Morgan (lead author). Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law 36 (June 2011): 387-91.

“A Partisan Divide on the Uninsured,” with Tara Sussman (lead author), John Benson, Robert Blendon, and Alan Zaslavsky. Health Affairs 29 (March 2010): 706-11.

“The Public’s Role in Winner-Take-All Politics.” Politics & Society 38 (June 2010): 227-32.

“Is the Economic Crisis Driving Wedges between Young and Old? Rich and Poor?” Generations 33 (Fall 2009): 47-53