American Academy of Social and Political Science

SAGE to Sponsor 2015 Daniel Patrick Moynihan Lecture

Sage Publications, an independent publisher with long-standing interests in the social and behavioral sciences, has agreed to cosponsor AAPSS’s 2015 Daniel Patrick Moynihan Lecture on Social Science and Public Policy. “Sage’s generous gift in support of the Moynihan Lecture speaks volumes about its commitment to bring social science meaningfully into the public realm,” said Tom Kecskemethy, Executive Director the Academy. “This partnership with Sage will help immeasurably as we work to expand the reach and influence of the Moynihan Prize, and as we work to make the annual lecture as captivating and notable as possible.”

New Editorial Advisory Board for The ANNALS

annalsThe ANNALS recently reconstituted its Editorial Advisory Board in an effort to critically assess the ways in which The ANNALS can contribute to social science and public policy. The scholars and leaders who compose the Board will provide guidance in the selection of volume topics and strategic direction to ANNALS editorial staff. Please join us in welcoming Mahzarin Banaji, Paula England, Robert Greenstein, Robert Keohane, Sean Reardon, Rogers Smith, Thomas Sugrue, Francine Blau, Felton Earls, and Douglas Massey to the Board.

Shelley Taylor joins AAPSS Board of Directors

Shelley Taylor, as its most recent board member. For more than 25 years, Dr. Taylor has explored the ways in which socioemotional resources such as optimism, self-esteem, and social support contribute to an individual�s ability to navigate stress and threats. Most recently, her research has focused on the genetic, early environmental, and neurocognitive origins of these resources. Please join the AAPSS in welcoming Dr. Taylor.

Stiglitz expands on Moynihan Lecture in Bill Moyers Interview

Moynihan Prize winner, Joseph Stiglitz, appeared on Moyers and Company to discuss the nature of our nation’s tax system. Stiglitz, a Nobel Prize winner and Columbia University professor, explains that in recent years our tax system largely reflects the interest of the most wealthy Americans; this trend, he says, threatens not only our national economic well-being but the very democratic values upon which our country was founded.

Against the backdrop of a deteriorating infrastructure, educational inequity, and wide-spread unemployment, corporations are increasingly taking steps to dodge their tax obligations. Incentivized by the ability to easily accumulate capital without having to pay national taxes, many corporations are moving abroad and taking jobs with them. Harkening back to the theme of inequality that grounded his Moynihan lecture, Stiglitz discusses the consequences of not taxing capital in the same way that we tax individuals. He exhorts, “We have this vicious cycle where economic inequality gets translated into political inequality. It gets translated into rules of the game that lead to more economic inequality, and which allow that economic inequality to get translated into evermore political inequality. So, [in] my view, the only way we’re going to break into this viscous cycle is if people come to understand that there is an alternative system out here.” The full interview as well as the transcript of the discussion can be found on the Moyers and Company website.

Coming up in The ANNALS:

“Aid and Institution-Building in Fragile States: Findings from Comparative Cases,” paves new ground in theory development and explores factors that contribute to institution-building in fragile states through comparative case studies. Aid has the potential to contribute to state robustness through changing incentives and shaping institutional structures directly. However, aid can also weaken states, depending on a state’s domestic institutional legacy and political dynamics. The studies call for more research into theories of institution-building to further enhance those that are discussed in this volume of The ANNALS.��