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Colloquium - Reaching for a New Deal: Obama’s First Two Years

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Theda Skocpol
February 25, 2011
12:30PM - 2:00PM (EST)

Theda Skocpol
Theda Skocpol

Reaching for a New Deal: Ambitious Governance, Economic Meltdown, and Polarized Politics in Obama's First Two Years

THEDA SKOCPOL is the Victor S. Thomas Professor of Government and Sociology at Harvard University. Skocpol's work covers an unusually broad spectrum of topics including both comparative and American politics. She is the author of several books including The Transformation of American Politics: Activist Government and the Rise of Conservatism (2007), What a Mighty Power We Can Be: African American Fraternal Groups and the Struggle for Racial Equality (2006) and Inequality and American Democracy: What We Know and What We Need to Learn (2005). In 2007, she was awarded the Johan Skytte Prize in Political Science for her "visionary analysis of the significance of the state for revolutions, welfare, and political trust, pursued with theoretical depth and empirical evidence." RSVP required to 434.243.8726 or

This paper is the introduction to a volume that will be published this fall.  For working papers from the volume, please see the Russell Sage website at

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