American Amnesia: Forgetting What Made Us Prosper

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Jacob S. Hacker will discuss the importance of an effective public sector to America’s health, wealth, and well-being and explore why so many of our economic and political leaders seem to have forgotten this perspective. He will explain these concepts in the context of recent political events, the historic 2016 election, and changing ideas about government itself.

Hacker, the Stanley B. Resor Professor of Political Science and the director of the Institute for Social and Policy Studies at Yale University, is the author, with Paul Pierson, of the recently published American Amnesia: How the War on Government Led Us to Forget What Made America Prosper (Simon & Schuster, 2016), an “Editors’ Choice” of the New York Times Sunday Book Review.

Hacker’s prior books include Winner-Take-All Politics: How Washington Made the Rich Richer—and Turned Its Back on the Middle Class (Simon & Schuster, 2010; paperback, 2011), written with Paul Pierson; The Great Risk Shift: The New Economic Insecurity and the Decline of the American Dream (Oxford University Press, 2006; paperback, 2008); and The Divided Welfare State: The Battle over Public and Private Social Benefits in the United States (Cambridge University Press, 2002). He is also a board member of the American Prospect, the Century Foundation, and the Economic Policy Institute; a member of the Scholars Strategy Network steering committee; and a former Junior Fellow of the Harvard Society of Fellows.

Free and open to the public.