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Paul Pierson Political Scientist

Paul Pierson’s teaching and research includes the fields of American politics and public policy, comparative political economy, and social theory.


Aaron Wildavsky Enduring Contribution Award, Public Policy Section, American Policital Science Association, 2011.

Relevant Publications

P. Pierson, "Path Dependence, Increasing Returns and the Study of Politics," Am. Polit. Sci. Rev., vol. 94, no. 2, pp. 251-267, June 2000.


J. S. Hacker and P. Pierson, Off-Center: The Republican Revolution and the Erosion of American Democracy. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2005.

P. Pierson, Politics in Time: History, Institutions and Social Analysis. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2004.

P. Pierson, Dismantling the Welfare State? Reagan, Thatcher, and the Politics of Retrenchment. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1994.



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University of California, BerkeleyDepartment of Political Science


PhD (Political Science) Yale University

MPhil (Political Science) Yale University

MA (Political Science) Yale University

BA (Government) Oberlin College


United States

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