New Books Network

Robert Atkinson and Michael Lind, “Big is Beautiful: Debunking the Myth of Small Business” (MIT Press, 2018)
Small is beautiful, right? Isn’t that what we’ve all been taught? From Jeffersonian politics to the hallowed family farm, from craft breweries to tech start ups in the garage. Small business is the engine and the soul and the driver of the American system. That’s the dominant narrative. And according... Read More
Anthony Ryan Hatch, “Silent Cells: The Secret Drugging of Captive America” (U Minnesota Press, 2019)
Over the past forty years, U.S. prisons and jails have used various psychotropic drugs. In this interview, Anthony Ryan Hatch discusses the need to think deeply about mass incarceration, pharmaceuticals, and psychiatry. He talks about the role of pharmacies and drug experiments in prison settings, and he underlines the ways... Read More
Caitlyn Collins, “Making Motherhood Work: How Women Manage Careers and Caregiving” (Princeton UP, 2019)
Where in the world do working moms have it best? In her new book, Making Motherhood Work: How Women Manage Careers and Caregiving (Princeton University Press, 2019), Caitlyn Collins explores how women balance motherhood and work across the globe. Using interviews with middle class working mothers in Sweden, East and... Read More
Hye-Kyung Lee, “Cultural Policy in South Korea: Making a New Patron State” (Routledge, 2018)
Why does Korean cultural policy matter? In Cultural Policy in South Korea: Making a New Patron State (Routledge, 2018), Hye-Kyung Lee, a Senior Lecturer in Cultural and Creative Industries at Kings College, London, demonstrates the importance of South Korea is both an example in comparative cultural policy, and as a fascinating... Read More
David Karol, “Red, Green, and Blue: The Partisan Divide on Environmental Issues” (Cambridge UP, 2019)
David Karol’s new book, Red, Green, and Blue: The Partisan Divide on Environmental Issues (Cambridge UP, 2019), examines the history of environmental policy as it has operated within or as it has been integrated into American political parties. He ably integrates the early conservation movement into the discussion, providing foundational understandings... Read More
Ben Merriman, “Conservative Innovators: How States Are Challenging Federal Power” (U Chicago Press, 2019)
Expansion of federal power has typically come with the consent of states, often eager to receive the funding tied to new policy priorities. Not so any more, as some states have famously rejected funding for Medicaid expansion. Was the case of Medicaid and Obamacare an aberration or part of a... Read More
Clare Daniel, “Mediating Morality: The Politics of Teen Pregnancy in the Post-Welfare Era” (U Massachusetts Press, 2017)
On this episode, Dr. Lee Pierce (she/they)–Asst. Prof. of Rhetoric and Communication at the State University of New York at Geneseo–interviews Dr. Clare Daniel (she/hers)–Administrative Assistant Professor of Women’s Leadership at Tulane University–on her judicious new book Mediating Morality: The Politics of Teen Pregnancy in the Post-Welfare Era from University... Read More