Posts by Stephanie Mudge

Stephanie L. Mudge, Honorary Research Fellow, SPERI, & Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of California-Davis

The dualities of debt and the politics of frustration

Stephanie Mudge

Understanding the complexities of how people understand debt could provide a key insight into the ‘politics of frustration’ in the US With thanks to the following students for their contribution to the research outlined here and for editorial assistance: Cesar Andrade, Nayelo Buenrostro, Kira Burnett, Behnaz Hekmat, Jane Kinner, Stephen Kwong, Brooke McMahon, Pia Pandolfini, Sharon Pneh, Brenda Ruiz Anaya, … Continue reading

8 November 2016 by Stephanie Mudge
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‘Old’ leftism, made new?

Stephanie Mudge

An important part of the ‘Millennial’ appeal of Jeremy Corbyn in the UK and Bernie Sanders in the US lies in the economic insecurity of younger generations In my last SPERI Comment, I highlighted some of the new realities of the neo-gilded age: huge economic and wealth inequality, long-term wage stagnation and the mounting problem of student loan debt.  I … Continue reading

8 December 2015 by Stephanie Mudge
Categories: Debt, Economics, Inequality, Politics and policy, Social science, SPERI Comment, Tax Tags: , , , , ,

Inequality and politics in the neo-gilded age: a view from the United States

Stephanie Mudge

Can mainstream political parties reverse the tide? There is much talk about wealth and income inequality nowadays.  Here in the US inequality has now reached levels that look a lot like a neo-gilded age.  The concern, for many, is perhaps less inequality per se, but rather whether it is here to stay (the short answer is yes, unless we change … Continue reading

29 January 2015 by Stephanie Mudge
Categories: Economics, Global crisis, Higher education, Inequality, SPERI Comment, USA

If inequality in the US is no surprise, why are so many people acting like it is?

Stephanie Mudge

American reaction to Thomas Piketty’s book, Capital in the Twenty-First Century, expresses the nature of modern economics and Americans’ intuitive sense of injustice I first read Piketty’s work, co-authored with Emmanuel Saez, some years ago in graduate school. At the time I mistook it for the work of sociologists, because of its concern with historical processes and inequality, which no … Continue reading

22 May 2014 by Stephanie Mudge
Categories: Economics, Inequality, SPERI Comment, USA Tags:

Putting the ‘political’ into political economy

Stephanie Mudge

We really should care about how party politics works—or isn’t working—in unsettled times Are mainstream political parties capable of communicating meaningfully with voters and producing fresh thinking in today’s unsettled times? Most of the people I talk to don’t seem to think so. This isn’t necessarily new: political scientists have been commenting on the decline of political parties, and of … Continue reading

11 February 2014 by Stephanie Mudge
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US standoff was fallout from the financial crisis – and it’s not over

Stephanie Mudge

Deepening political divisions are threatening the health of Western democracies The recent political standoff that shut down the US government for 16 days and came uncomfortably close to the debt ceiling extension deadline is now thankfully over — for the moment. Given the current deal only extends the debt ceiling to February 7 (and the budget to January 15), it … Continue reading

22 October 2013 by Stephanie Mudge
Categories: SPERI Comment, USA

Of ‘jobless recoveries’ and anti-social science

Stephanie Mudge

We need to build upon, not bury, our historical knowledge of the social world if we want to understand the politics of the recovery For most of us, the phrase ‘economic recovery’ might generate images of ‘help wanted’ ads, the unemployed happily returning to work, families thriving, and food on the table. But if you look at news on unemployment … Continue reading

19 September 2013 by Stephanie Mudge
Categories: Political theory, Social science, SPERI Comment

What’s at stake in the hunt for a new political economy?

Stephanie Mudge

The links between knowledge, institutions and policy outcomes are the keys to building democratic approaches to political economy Among the lessons we should take from the financial crisis is that it is very dangerous to build our understanding of economic questions on a narrow basis. In an earlier post on SPERI Comment, Professors Hay and Payne argued that political economy … Continue reading

3 May 2013 by Stephanie Mudge
Categories: Political theory, Social science, SPERI Comment