University of Minnesota
Department of Political Science
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Department of Political Science

Larry Jacobs

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Humphrey Sch of Public Affairs Room 130 HHHCtr 7451 301 19th Ave S

Department Affiliations

University Affiliations

  • Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs [Website]

Narrative


Lawrence R. Jacobs is the Walter F. and Joan Mondale Chair for Political Studies and Director of the Center for the Study of Politics and Governance in the Hubert H. Humphrey Institute and Department of Political Science at the University of Minnesota. He received his Ph.D. from Columbia University and B.A. from Oberlin College.

Lawrence R. Jacobs research examines political representation – the nature and formation of public opinion, whether and how government responds to the public’s policy preferences and other evaluations, and the adaptation of government policy to the changing conditions and circumstances facing Americans. In 12 books and dozens of scholarly articles, Dr. Jacobs has investigated public deliberation and public attitudes toward inequality and social welfare policy; the disconnect of government officials from public policy preference and their efforts to compensate by crafting personality-based appeals; policy making by American presidents (including Barack Obama) and the impacts of institutional and political forces on their decisions; and the formulation and development of health care policy in the United States and other countries.

His articles have been published in such outlets as the American Political Science Review, World Politics, Comparative Politics, and the New England Journal of Medicine. He recently co-led (with Theda Skocpol) a comprehensive review of the Obama administration’s policy record, Reaching for the New Deal: President Obama's Agenda and the Dynamics of U.S. Politics. His most recent books include Health Reform and American Politics (with Theda Skocpol, New York: Oxford University Press, 2010); Class War? What Americans Really Think about Economic Inequality (with Benjamin Page, Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2009); The Unsustainable State (with Desmond King, Oxford University Press, 2009); Talking Together: Public Deliberation in America and the Search for Community (with Fay Lomax Cook and Michael Delli Carpini,University of Chicago Press, 2009); The Private Abuse of the Public Interest (with Lawrence Brown, University of Chicago Press, 2008).


Specialties

  • Political representation
  • Presidential Politics
  • Public opinion and polling
  • Health care policy and politics
  • Social welfare policy including retirement and education
  • Elections and campaigns
  • American political development

Educational Background

  • Ph.D. Columbia University, Political Science, 1990: .

Publications

  • James Druckman and Lawrence Jacobs. “ Segmented Representation: The Reagan White House and Disproportionate Responsiveness“ in Who Gets Represented? Ed. by Christopher Wlezien and Peter Enns (New York: Russell Sage, Forthcoming).
  • Lawrence Jacobs. “ The Betrayal of Democracy: The Purpose of Public Opinion Survey Research and its Misuse by Presidents“ in Manipulating Democracy edited by Wayne LeCheminant and John Parrish. Routledge. Forthcoming.
  • Robert Y. Shapiro and Lawrence R. Jacobs, eds. The Oxford Handbook of American Public Opinion and the Media. (Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, 2011).
  • Lawrence R. Jacobs and Theda Skocpol. Health Care Reform and American Politics: What Everyone Needs to Know. (New York: Oxford University Press, 2010).
  • Lawrence R. Jacobs and Desmond King. “ Varieties of Obamaism: Structure, Agency and the Obama Presidency.“ Perspectives on Politics. 8 (September 2010): 793-802.
  • Lawrence R. Jacobs. “ Democracy and Capitalism: The Limits of Oligarchic Rule.“ Politics and Society. Politics and Society. 38 (June 2010): 243-254.
  • Lawrence R. Jacobs. “ Presidential Overselling: Presidential Promotion and the Bubble of Irrational Exuberance.“ Governing at Home: The White House and Domestic Policymaking ed. by Michael Nelson and Russell Riley (Lawrence: University of Kansas), Forthcoming.
  • Fay Lomax Cook, Lawrence Jacobs, and Dukhong Kim. “ Trusting What You Know Information, Knowledge, and Confidence in Social Security.“ Journal of Politics. 72 (April 2010): 1–16
  • Lawrence Jacobs and Joe Soss. “ The Politics of Inequality in America: Organized Theoretical Frameworks and Coherent Research.“ Annual Review of American Politics. 2010. 13:341–64.
  • Lawrence R. Jacobs. “ The Presidency and the Press: The Paradox of the White House “ Communications War“ in The Presidency and the Political System (9th Edition) ed by Michael Nelson (Washington, D.C.: Congressional Quarterly Press, 2010).
  • Lawrence R. Jacobs, Fay Lomax Cook, and Michael Delli Carpini. Talking Together: Public Deliberation in America and the Search for Community. (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2009).
  • Benjamin Page and Lawrence Jacobs. Class War? What Americans Really Think about Economic Inequality. (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2009).
  • Lawrence Jacobs and Desmond King (eds). The Unsustainable American State. (New York: Oxford University Press, 2009).
  • Joe Soss and Lawrence Jacobs. “ The Place of Inequality: Non-participation in the American Polity.“ Political Science Quarterly. Spring 2009 Vol. 124 (1): 95-125.
  • Lawrence R. Jacobs, “ Building Reliable Theories of the Presidency.“ Presidential Studies Quarterly 39 (December 2009): 771-80.
  • Lawrence R. Jacobs and Desmond King. “ America’ s Political Crisis: The Unsustainable State in a Time of Unraveling.“ PS: Political Science and Politics. April 2009, pp.277 285.
  • Lawrence Jacobs. “ The Threat to Democracy“ in The Future of Political Science 100 Perspectives ed. By Gary King, Kay Schlozman, and Norman Nie. (New York Routledge Press, 2009).
  • James N. Druckman and Lawrence R. Jacobs, “Presidential Responsiveness to Public Opinion“ in Oxford Handbook of the American Presidency, ed. by George C. Edwards III and William G. Howell. (New York: Oxford University Press, 2009).
  • Lawrence D. Brown and Lawrence R. Jacobs. The Private Abuse of the Public Interest. (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2008).
  • George C. Edwards III and Lawrence R. Jacobs. “The new vice presidency: institutions and politics.“ Presidential Studies Quarterly. 38 (September 2008).
  • Lawrence R. Jacobs, “1994 All Over Again? Public Opinion and Health Care.“ New England Journal of Medicine. May 1, 2008, Vol. 358 (18): 1881-1883.
  • Fay Lomax Cook, Michael Delli Carpini, and Lawrence R. Jacobs. “Who Deliberates? Discursive Participation in America“ in Deliberation, Participation and Democracy: Can the People Govern? Edited by Shawn Rosenberg. Palgrave Macmillan, 2007.
  • Fay Cook, Michael Delli Carpini, and Lawrence Jacobs. “Discursive Capital and Democratic Deliberation“ in Deliberation, Participation and Democracy: Can the People Govern? Ed. by Shawn Rosenberg. (New York: Palgrave MacMillan, 2007).
  • Lawrence R. Jacobs. “The Implementation and Evolution of Medicare: The Distributional Effects of “˜Positive’ Policy Feedbacks“ in Remaking America: Democracy and Public Policy in an Age of Inequality ed. by Joe Soss, Jacob Hacker, and Suzanne Mettler. (New York: Russell Sage Press, 2007).
  • Lawrence R. Jacobs. “The Promotional Presidency and the New Institutional Toryism: Public Mobilization, Legislative Dominance, and Squandered Opportunities“ in Politics and Polarization ed. by George Edwards and Desmond King. (New York: Oxford University Press, 2007).
  • Lawrence R. Jacobs. 2007. The Medicare Approach: Political Choice and American Institutions Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law
  • Lawrence R. Jacobs and Robert Y. Shapiro. “Bush’s Democratic Ambivalence: Responsiveness and Policy Promotion in Republican Government“ in The George W. Bush Legacy ed. by Andrew Rudalevige and Bert Rockman (Washington, D.C.: Congressional Quarterly Press, 2007).
  • Lawrence R. Jacobs and Joanne Miller. “Bucking The Democratic Sweep in Minnesota: Campaigning in a Hostile Environment and Winning“ in The Sixth Year Itch ed. by Larry Sabato (Pearson Longman, 2007).
  • James Druckman and Larry R. Jacobs. 2006. "Lumpers and Splitters: The Public Opinion Information That Politicians Collect and Use" Public Opinion Quarterly, 453-476
  • Lawrence R. Jacobs and Theda Skocpol (eds). Inequality and American Democracy: What We Know and What We Need to Learn. (New York: Russell Sage Foundation, 2005).
  • James Morone and Lawrence R. Jacobs (eds). Healthy, Wealthy, and Fair: Health Care and the Good Society. (New York: Oxford University Press, 2005).
  • Lawrence R, Jacobs. “Health Disparities in the Land of Equality“ in Healthy, Wealthy and Fair: Health Care and the Good Society ed. by James Morone and Lawrence R. Jacobs. New York: Oxford University Press, 2005.
  • James A. Morone and Lawrence R. Jacobs. “Introduction: Health and Wealth in the Good Society“ in Healthy, Wealthy, and Fair: Health Care and the Good Society ed. by James Morone and Lawrence R. Jacobs. New York: Oxford University Press, 2005.
  • Lawrence R. Jacobs and James A. Morone. “Conclusion: Prospering in an Age of Global Markets“ in Healthy, Wealthy, and Fair: Health Care and the Good Society ed. by James Morone and Lawrence R. Jacobs. New York: Oxford University Press, 2005.
  • Lawrence R. Jacobs. “Communicating from the White House: From Mass Communications to Specialized Constituencies“ in Presidents and Bureaucrats: The Executive Branch and American Democracy ed. By Joel Aberbach and Mark Peterson (Oxford, 2005).
  • Lawrence R. Jacobs. “The Presidency and the Press: The Paradox of the White House “Communications War“ in The Presidency and the Political System (8 th Edition) ed by Michael Nelson (Washington, D.C.: Congressional Quarterly Press, 2005). Revision and expansion of chapter in 7 th edition.
  • Lawrence R. Jacobs and Benjamin I. Page. 2005. “Who Influences U.S. Foreign Policy?“ American Political Science Review. 99 (February): 107-124.
  • Druckman, James N., Lawrence R. Jacobs, and Eric Ostermeier. 2004. “Candidate Strategies to Prime Issues and Image.“ Journal of Politics. 66 (November): 1205-1227.
  • Lawrence R. Jacobs and Robert Y. Shapiro. Politicians Don't Pander: Political Manipulation and the Loss of Democratic Responsiveness (Chicago: Chicago University Press, 2000). Winner of book awards from the American Political Science Association, the American Sociological Association, and the Kennedy School at Harvard University; excerpted in Public Perspective: A Roper Center Review of Public Opinion and Polling (November/December 2001).
  • Joel Krieger (editor in Chief) with co-editors Margaret Crahan, Lawrence R. Jacobs William Joseph, George Nzongola-Ntalaja, and James Paul The Oxford Companion to Politics of the World. Edited Volume. (Oxford University Press, 2001).
  • Robert Y. Shapiro, Martha Kumar, and Lawrence R. Jacobs (eds). Presidential Power Forging the Presidency for the 21st Century. (Columbia University Press, 2000).
  • Lawrence R. Jacobs and Robert Y. Shapiro. "Issues, Candidate Image and Priming: The Use of Private Polls in Kennedy's 1960 Presidential Campaign." American Political Science Review. 88 (September 1994): 527-540.
  • Lawrence R. Jacobs. The Health of Nations: Public Opinion and the Making of Health Policy in the U.S. and Britain. (Cornell University Press, 1993).
  • Lawrence R. Jacobs. "Institutions and Culture: Health Policy and Public Opinion in the U.S. and Britain." World Politics 44 (January 1992): 179-209.
  • Lawrence R. Jacobs. "The Recoil Effect: Public Opinion and Policymaking in the U.S. and Britain." Comparative Politics 24 (January 1992): 199-217.

Professional Activities

  • Chair, American Political Science Task Force on Inequality and American Democracy: ongoing
  • Director, Center for the Study of Politics and Governance, Humphrey Institute: ongoing
  • Co-Editor of special issue of Public Opinion Quarterly on polls and campaigns: December 2005
  • Grants and evaluations with National Science Foundation, Ford Foundation, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Pew Charitable Trusts, and other funders: Ongoing

Awards

  • Robert Wood Johnson Investigator Award in Health Policy Research
  • Richard E. Neustadt Award, American Political Science Association
  • Best Paper Award, American Political Science Association, Presidency
  • Distinguished Book Award, American Sociological Association, Political Sociology Section
  • Goldsmith Book Prize, Harvard University
  • Distinguished Essay Award, International Communication Association, Political Communications Division

Courses Taught

  • Pol 1001 - American Democracy in a Changing World
  • Pol 1065 - Government and Medicine
  • Pol 4306 - Presidential Leadership and American Democracy
  • Pol 5306 - Presidential Leadership and American Democracy
  • Pol 8313 - Executive Process
  • Pol 8337 - Welfare State Theories and American Social Policy
  • PA 5012 - Politics of Public Affairs
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