Jacob S. Hacker

An Introduction

Jacob S. Hacker

Director, Institution for Social and Policy Studies

Stanley B. Resor Professor of Political Science, Yale University

As an author and educator, I examine not just the way our democracy works—or, too often, doesn’t work—but also how our political system affects the well-being and potential of ordinary Americans. My work focuses in particular on economic insecurity and inequality, which I regard as the great economic challenges of our day, and on the performance of our democracy. As part of these investigations, I have developed new policy solutions, including the “public option” to allow everyone to have access to a quality health insurance plan modeled after Medicare.



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