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Can the G.O.P. Turn Back the Tide of Town Hall Anger?

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Members of Congress facing furious crowds could learn a lesson from social science and start treating protesters as individuals.


What if Sociologists Had as Much Influence as Economists?

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Economists traditionally dominate policy making in Washington, but they don’t have all the answers. Sociologists have a lot to teach us.


How to Do Social Science Without Data

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Lessons from the imaginative scholarship of Zygmunt Bauman.


The Rise and Fall of European Meritocracy

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Today’s populists don’t want to nationalize industry. They want to nationalize the elite.


To Make the World Better, Think Small

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It is easy to become numb to suffering. Feeling empathy for individual victims can overcome the numbness.