Why Politics Fails.
Why do the revolving doors of power always leave us disappointed? In Why Politics Fails, I shows that it’s not the politicians that are the problem, it’s that our collective goals result in five political ‘traps’: Democracy;. Equality; Solidarity; Security; Prosperity.
Published by Viking/Penguin and PublicAffairs/Hachette (North America)
Inward Conquest: The Political Origins of Modern Public Services, coauthored with Johannes Lindvall and published in 2021 by Cambridge University Press examines the development and governance of seven key public services – police, prisons, schools, libraries, asylums, vaccinations, and midwives across 19 countries from 1800 to 1939.
Inequality and Democratization: An Elite-Competition Approach, (with David Samuels) published in 2014 with Cambridge University Press. Winner of the 2015 Woodrow Wilson prize for the best book on government, politics or international affairs and the 2015 William Riker prize for the best book in political economy.
From the Ballot to the Blackboard, a study of the impact of politics on education spending published in 2010 by Cambridge University Press. Winner of the 2011 William Riker prize for best book awarded by the Political Economy section of the American Political Science Association.