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"Democracy's Deficits: Ronald Reagan and the Tax Cut Revolution": Monica Prasad, Sociology, Northwestern University, with discussion by Bruno Palier (CEE, LIEPP, Sciences Po)
MaxPo SCOOPS Lunch-Seminar Series

When: Monday, September 16th, 2019, 12:30-14:30
Where: 9 rue de la Chaise 75007 Paris, Room 931
Discussant: Bruno Palier, CEE, LIEPP, Sciences Po

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Monica Prasad's areas of interest are economic sociology, comparative historical sociology, and political sociology. Her new book, Starving the Beast, asks why Republican politicians have focused so relentlessly on cutting taxes over the last several decades. Drawing on archival documents that have never before been seen, Prasad traces the history of the famous 1981 "supply side" tax cut which became the cornerstone for the next several decades of Republican domestic economic policy. She argues that the main forces behind tax cuts are not business group pressure, racial animus, or a belief that tax cuts will pay for themselves. Rather, the tax cut movement arose because in America—unlike in the rest of the advanced industrial world—progressive policies are not embedded within a larger political economy that is favorable to business, a situation whose origins she explored in a prior book, The Land of Too Much.
Discussant: Bruno Palier, CEE, LIEPP, Sciences Po
Bruno Palier is the director of the Laboratory for Interdisciplinary Evaluation of Public Policies (LIEPP) and CNRS Researcher at Sciences Po (Centre d’études européennes et de politique comparée (CEE)).

He is studying welfare reforms in Europe, and is currently conducting various comparative projects: on social investment policies, on social dualisations in Europe, on europeanisation of welfare reforms, and on the politics of welfare reforms in Continental Europe. He was Guest Professor at Stockholm University (Spring 2009), and Visiting Scholar at Northwestern University (Spring quarter 2007), at Center for European Studies from Harvard University in 2001 and Jean Monnet Fellow in the European University Institutein Florence in 1998-1999. He is Honorary Professor of Welfare State Research at Odense University, South Denmark.

He is currently the scientific coordinator of an European Network of excellence RECWOWE (Reconciling Work and Welfare, involving 29 European research institutions or Universities, 190 researchers from 19 European countries). In Sciences po, he is the director of a joint programme Sciences po Northwestern University : “Health Policy in Europe”.
Between 1994 and 1998, he has organised for the French Ministry of Social Affairs a programme called “Comparing Welfare systems in Europe”. Between 1999 and 2005, he launched and took part in the management of an European Cost programme (Cost A15) : « reforming social protection systems in Europe ».

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