Fall 2018 Book Catalog

September 10, 2018

Below is a first look at new and forthcoming books from RSF for Fall 2018. The list includes Starving the Beast, an analysis of the origins of the tax cut movement in the U.S. Administrative Burden, an examination of how bureaucracy, complicated paperwork, and other administrative burdens can undermine public policy; Golden Years?, a study of social inequality among older Americans; and Origins and Destinations, a new perspective on the factors that influence the life trajectories of second generation immigrants.

Two new issues of RSF: The Russell Sage Foundation Journal of the Social Sciences will also be released this fall and include “Immigration and Changing Identities,” which brings together new research on how immigration over the last fifty years has shaped race and identity in the U.S.; and “The Fiftieth Anniversary of the Kerner Commission Report,” which revisits conclusions and recommendations of the influential Kerner report and assesses how far we have come since its release in 1968.

To request a printed copy of our Fall 2018 catalog, please contact Bruce Thongsack at bruce@rsage.org, or view the complete list of RSF books on our publications page.

Starving the Beast: Ronald Reagan and the Tax Cut Revolution

By Monica Prasad

Since the Reagan Revolution of the early 1980s, Republicans have consistently championed tax cuts for individuals and businesses, regardless of whether the economy is booming or in recession or whether the federal budget is in surplus or deficit. In Starving the Beast, sociologist Monica Prasad uncovers the origins of the GOP’s relentless focus on tax cuts and shows how this is a uniquely American phenomenon. Read more

Administrative Burden: Policymaking by Other Means

By Pamela Herd and Donald P. Moynihan

Bureaucracy, confusing paperwork, and complex regulations—or what public policy scholars Pamela Herd and Donald Moynihan call administrative burdens—often introduce delay and frustration into our experiences with government agencies. Administrative burdens diminish the effectiveness of public programs and can even block individuals from fundamental rights like voting. In Administrative Burden, Herd and Moynihan document that the administrative burdens citizens regularly encounter in their interactions with the state are not simply unintended byproducts of governance, but the result of deliberate policy choices. Read more

Golden Years?: Social Inequality in Later Life

By Deborah Carr

Thanks to advances in technology, medicine, Social Security, and Medicare, old age for many Americans is characterized by comfortable retirement, good health, and fulfilling relationships. But there are also millions of people over 65 who struggle with poverty, chronic illness, unsafe housing, social isolation, and mistreatment by their caretakers. What accounts for these disparities among older adults? Sociologist Deborah Carr’s Golden Years? draws insights from multiple disciplines to illuminate the complex ways that socioeconomic status, race, and gender shape nearly every aspect of older adults’ lives. By focusing on an often-invisible group of vulnerable elders, Golden Years? reveals that disadvantages accumulate across the life course and can diminish the well-being of many. Read more

Origins and Destinations: The Making of the Second Generation

By Renee Reichl Luthra, Thomas Soehl, and Roger Waldinger

The children of immigrants continue a journey begun by their parents. Born or raised in the United States, this second generation now stands over 20 million strong. In this insightful new book, immigration scholars Renee Luthra, Thomas Soehl, and Roger Waldinger provide a fresh understanding of the making of the second generation, bringing both their origins and destinations into view. Read more


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