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State Efforts to Boost College Access and Attainment Found Lacking

    • Higher ed policy

Eleven research papers published in the September ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science (Volume 655) examine state policy initiatives such as financing for student scholarships, fiscal responses to the Great Recession, the implementation of “performance funding” to allocate funds to state colleges, the use of “P–20 councils” to align high school curriculum with college readiness, and the disparate effects of gubernatorial and legislative leadership.

"Taken as a whole," the volume's press release reads, "the new research…

Collateral Consequences of Mass Incarceration

    • Mass Incarceration Briefing

The American Academy of Political and Social Science and The Scholars Strategy Network, in cooperation with the Honorable Robert C. "Bobby" Scott and the Congressional Black Caucus, held a briefing on May 28, 2014, to discuss "The Collateral Consequences of Mass Incarceration: How Punishment has Changed America and How Policy Should Respond."

Panelists--including Christopher Wildeman, a Yale professor who is one of three special editors of a recent ANNALS volume on the civic consequences of mass incarceration; Bruce Western…

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The Annals

Monitoring Social Mobility in the Twenty-First Century

    • 657; January 2015

Special Editors: David B. Grusky, Timothy M. Smeeding, and C. Matthew Snipp


This volume of The ANNALS explores how to improve measurement of social mobility, tackling normative and technical questions with an interdisciplinary approach. It presents what is known and what we need to know about social mobility in the U.S. and examines the quality of existing data available.…

Aid and Institution-Building in Fragile States: Findings from Comparative Cases

    • 656; November 2014

Special Editor: Rachel M. Gisselquist


Paving new ground in theory development, the articles in this volume of The ANNALS explore factors that contribute to institution-building in fragile states through comparative case studies. Such factors include the limits (and benefits) of domestic and foreign aid; the impact of a state’s historical strength; the impact of colonial and postcolonial interventions; and…

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