Known for his blend of idealism and pragmatism, Paul Starr is one of the country’s most eloquent speakers on politics, social trends and public policy.
He is uniquely qualified to speak on the history and the future of healthcare in America.
In his most recent book, Remedy and Reaction: The Peculiar American Struggle over Health Care Reform, Paul examines the history of America’s struggle over health care reform, from the rise and fall of the Clinton health plan to Mitt Romney’s reforms in Massachusetts that became a model for democrats and the passage of President Obama’s health care package.
Paul’s previous book on healthcare is the 1984 Pulitzer Prize-winning The Social Transformation of American Medicine, a history of the American health care system.
His important book on the central ideas of liberal political thought, Freedom’s Power: The True Force of Liberalism, is a clear and concise statement of what liberalism is about, how it has developed, and how it ought to be conceived and fought for.
And his book The Creation of the Media: The Political Origins of American Communications won the Goldsmith Book Prize.
Paul Starr holds the Stuart Chair in Communications and Public Affairs, Woodrow Wilson School, at Princeton University.
He is co-editor of The American Prospect, a liberal quarterly about politics, policy, and ideas that he founded with journalist Robert Kuttner and former Labor Secretary Robert Reich.
He has appeared before numerous congressional committees and on national TV news programs.
Paul Starr is a very fine speaker. He comes extremely well prepared and speaks with intelligence, eloquence and quiet authority.
Probably no one knows more about how we got where we are in healthcare today than Paul Starr. The Social Transformation of American Medicine, about the history of healthcare in America, won a Pulitzer Prize in 1984 and has helped shape the debate about healthcare reform ever since. Paul closed his book with some predictions about where American healthcare seemed to be going when he wrote it in 1982. Since then, virtually all of these predictions have come true.
Paul has returned to this subject with the intelligence, thoroughness and insight that made Social Transformation so valuable. In his new book, Remedy and Reaction, Paul examines the history of America’s struggle over health care reform and how the United States ensnared itself in a trap through policies and politics made to difficult to change.
He has written dozens of articles on healthcare and testified before congress on the subject three times. The Social Transformation of American Medicine has become a standard in disciplines from health law to political science and history. In 2004, a twenty-year retrospective on Social Transformation was published entitled Transforming American Medicine.
Liberalism in America has been under siege. Conservatives treat it as an epithet and some progressives spurn it as well. But in his book Freedom’s Power, Paul Starr reminds us of its roots in American tradition and its power to make us freer and more secure. He describes how liberal society and liberal politics create power—how they generate the capacity to realize the aims of liberty, justice and security. "Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness" still define its aspirations as well today as they did in Jefferson’s time. But liberalism offers more: the effective principles for creating and controlling power that have made America both prosperous and powerful.
At a time when conservative policies are weakening America’s long-term fiscal, economic, and international strength as well as its liberties, the liberal project is more urgent than ever, says Starr. Freedom's Power shows why liberalism works — and how it can work for America again.
- Princeton University Professor of Sociology
- Pulitzer Prize for Nonfiction
- Former member, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, NJ
- Goldsmith book Prize, The Creation of the Media
- C. Wright Mills Award of the Society for the Study of Social Problems
- Bancroft Prize in American History
- James Hamilton Award, American College of Health Care Executives
- Fellow in Law, Science and Medicine, Yale Law School
- Fellow, John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation
- White House advisor on health policy
- Former director, Century Institute
Remedy and Reaction: The Peculiar American Struggle over Health Care Reform (Yale University Press, 2011)
Freedom’s Power: The True Force of Liberalism (Perseus Books Group, 2007)
The Creation of the Media: Political Origins of Modern Communications (Basic Books, 2004). Goldsmith Book Prize.
The Logic of Health Care Reform, rev. and enlarged edition (Penguin, 1994); orig. ed. (Grand Rounds Press, 1992).
The Politics of Numbers (Russell Sage, 1987), edited with William Alonso.
The Social Transformation of American Medicine (Basic Books, 1982 [actually published in January 1983]). 1984 Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction; Bancroft Prize in American History, C. Wright Mills Award of the Society for the Social Problems, and James Hamilton Prize of the American College of Health Care Executives.
The Discarded Army: Veterans After Vietnam (Charterhouse, 1974), assisted by James Henry and Raymond Bonner. Introduction by Ralph Nader.
The University Crisis Reader, 2 vols., edited with Immanuel Wallerstein (Random House, 1971).
Up Against the Ivy Wall, with Jerry Avorn and others (Atheneum, 1968).