Want to read what we’re reading? Check out our recommended readings for each week and topic below.
Week 1: The 2016 Campaign
- David Kennedy, “Dinners with the President.” The Chronicle of Higher Education. Sept. 26, 2015
- David Kennedy’s opening remarks: “The American Presidency: A Brief History”
- Greg Sargent, “Obama’s Campaign Guru [Plouffe]: Don’t fret the polls. Clinton is Winning, and She can Finish the Job Tonight.” The Washington Post.
- “Poll Dance:” From This American Life Episode 590, “Choosing Wrong.” An interview with Harry Enten from FiveThirtyEight.
- Cas Mudde, “As American As Trump.” Boston Review. June 2016
- “The Power of Populism? Not Really!” The Huffington Post
- Election Prediction: FiveThirtyEight’s methodology primer on election forecasting
Week 2: Existential Threats to the United States
- Amy Zegart’s Opening Remarks: “The President’s National Security Inbox”
- Bill Perry on Why It’s Safe to Scrap America’s ICBMs
- Gov. Jerry Brown, A Stark Nuclear Warning [Review of William Perry’s new book]
- North Korea’s Nuclear Threat, The Economist
- Micah Zenko, “The Existential Angst of America’s Top Generals” Foreign Policy Magazine.
- James Cartwright and Bruce Blaire, “End the First-Use Policy for Nuclear Weapons.” The New York Times
- Council of Foreign Relations’ Policy-by-Policy comparison of the 2016 Presidential Candidates on Foreign Relations
Week 3: Inequality and Opportunity
- David Leonhardt, Amanda Cox, Claire Cain Miller, “An Atlas of Upward Mobility Shows Path out of Poverty.” The New York Times.
- Emmanuel Saez, “Striking it Richer: Evolution of Top Incomes in the United States”
- Thomas Piketty and Emmanuel Saez, “Inequality in the Long Run” Science Magazine.
- NY Times Interactive Feature: The Best and Worst Places to Grow Up (based on Raj Chetty’s research)
- Inequality and American Democracy. Remarks by Glory Liu.
- Economic Growth and Inequality. Oct 18th class slides: Emmanuel Saez and Glory Liu.
Week 4: Tomorrow’s Workplace
- Caroline Said, “Labor, Tech leaders discuss impact of machines on jobs.” SF Chronicle.
- Elliot Gerson, The Future of Work From the Aspen Institute BlogNatalie Foster
- Natalie Foster, “Overhaul of Social Safety Net for Gig Economy” From the Aspen Institute
- “Financial Security Should Be the Next Human Right” Pacific Standard Magazine.
- Claude S. Fisher, “The End of Work.” Boston Review
- “Unfinished Business” A Symposium from Democracy Journal.
- Lenny Mendonca, Laura Tyson “Entrepreneurs, Spread the Start Up Wealth Around”
- Amy Dean, “Workers, Stand with Labor”
Week 5: The Future of Democracy
- David Kennedy’s Opening Remarks on The Future of Democracy
- Christopher Achen and Larry Bartels’ Democracy for Realists— Introductory Chapter
- Thomas E. Mann, “Some Reflections on Democracy for Realists” The Brookings Institution.
- Peter Wehner, “Republicans Who Care About the Future of the Party Should Ask these Questions.” October 24, 2016. National Review. http://www.nationalreview.com/article/441320/republican-party-after-donald-trump-questions-rebuilding.
- Arlie Hochschild. “I Spent 5 Years with some of Trump’s Biggest Fans. Here’s what they won’t Tell you.” Sept / Oct 2016. Mother Jones. http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2016/08/trump-white-blue-collar-supporters.
Week 7: Election Recap
- David Plouffe. “What I got wrong about the election.” http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/11/opinion/what-i-got-wrong-about-the-election.html?
- Glenn Greenwald. “Democrats, Trump, and the Ongoing Dangerous Refusal to Learn the Lessons of Brexit.” https://theintercept.com/2016/11/09/democrats-trump-and-the-ongoing-dangerous-refusal-to-learn-the-lesson-of-brexit/