Lawrence M. Mead

New York University

Department of Politics, NYU
19 West 4th Street #209
New York, NY

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I continue to be interested in how to improve work programs for both poor mothers and poor men. That is essential to raising work levels at the bottom of society and overcoming poverty. I recently served on a NAS committee on mass incarceration. I have drafted a book on the nature of American power. It argues that the core of American influence lies in our individualistic culture, not simply in our economy. Rebuts alarmists who say China is about to take over the world. Interprets poverty and immigration problems as due mainly to cultural conflict between mainstream American culture, which is individualist, and groups from the non-Western world. The MS. is now under review by Oxford University Press. I have also written several recent articles on scholasticism in political science and academia and what to do about it.

Lawrence M. Mead, “American Power: The Challenge Within,” Society, September-October 2017.
Abstract: The main threats to American world primacy are not China or terrorism but social problems at home. The poor and some parts of the working class have given up the individualist way of life that historically has generated American wealth and power. How to restore that way of life is the main challenge we face both at home an abroad.
DOI: DOI: 10.1007/s12115-017-0178-x
Lawrence M. Mead, “Trump’s Impact: The End of Sameness,” Society 54, no. 1 (January/February 2017): 14-17.
Abstract: Trump's disturbing campaign and election signals that America must confront more candidly the problems of cultural difference that confront us both at home and abroad. Poverty, immigration, and failed states abroad all arise from groups and countries that do not share the individualist culture that made America.
Lawrence M. Mead. 2014. “Overselling the Earned Income Tax Credit,” National Affairs, no. 21 (Fall): 20-33.
Abstract: Questions recent research showing that the EITC raises work levels. Rather, it raises incomes among those already working.
Lawrence M. Mead. 2016. “Immigration: The Cultural Dimension,” Society 53, no. 2 (March/April): 116-22
Abstract: Argues that immigration raises cultural dangers for America. It is still valuable but must be limited to preserve an individualist culture.
Mead, Lawrence M. 2015. "The Primacy Contest: Why Culture Matters." Society 52 (6).
Abstract: Discussions of whether American primacy will continue focus unduly on specific power differences between the United States and its Asian rivals. Appraisals should also consider institutional capacities. Western regimes have large advantages rooted in cultural differences. Individualism generates stronger economies and governments than the more collective worldviews of the non-West. America will continue to lead mainly because of its far greater willingness to take responsibility for world problems.
DOI: 10.1007/s12115-015-9943-x
Mead, Lawrence M. 2013. “Teaching Public Policy: Linking Policy and Politics.” Journal of Public Affairs Education 19 (3):389-403.
Abstract: Develops an idea of public policy teaching and research as linking policy analysis and political analysis, as I have done in my own research. This is the latest of several articles I have done on this topic.
Mead, Lawrence M. 2010. "Scholasticism in Political Science." Perspectives on Politics 8 (2):453- 464.
Abstract: Criticism and analysis of trends toward over-refinement in political science research.
Lawrence M. Mead, “Implementing Work Programs for Poor Men,” Policy Studies Journal 40, no. 4 (November 2012): 575-600
Abstract: Summarizes my book on Expanding Work Programs for Poor Men.
Mead, Lawrence. 2011. “Welfare Politics in Congress.” PS: Political Science & Politics 44 (2): 345-56.
Abstract: Shows shifts in the agenda of welfare reform across six episodes of reform controversy, 1962-1996. Partisan controversy subsides while a more problem-solving approach grows. The only study ever done of the substantive meaning of an issue in Congress over this long a time and using a preset analytic scheme.
Mead, Lawrence M. 2011 Expanding Work Programs for Poor Men. Washington, DC: AEI Press.
Abstract: A study based of how to expand mandatory work programs for men who should be working but aren't--men owing child support to poor women and men out of prison on parole. The most comprehensive study off the men's work problem and now to solve it.

Substantive Focus:
International Relations SECONDARY
Social Policy PRIMARY

Theoretical Focus:
Agenda-Setting, Adoption, and Implementation PRIMARY