Paul Elliot Starr is a writer, author, professor of sociology & public affairs at Princeton University, and co-editor & co-founder of The American Prospect.
Efforts at controlling the powers of concentrated wealth has been an ongoing problem within society. Some believe overcoming the issue involves looking back at the foundations of democratic societies. Paul Starr from Princeton University joins Sam Wang and Julian E. Zelizer to discuss about his new book, “Entrenchment: Wealth, Power and, the Constitution of Democratic Societies.” The book examines how societal changes in the foundations of contemporary politics are difficult to reverse and how the efforts against entrenchment can be found in the foundations of society to influence the future of America’s democracy. Starr is Stuart Professor of Communications and Public Affairs and professor of sociology and public affairs at Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. He is co-founder and co-editor of The American Prospect magazine and received the Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction and the 1984 Bancroft Prize in American History. His other books include “The Social Transformation of American Medicine” and “The Creation of the Media” and more.
One reason it’s so hard to change anything in society is that there are always people who feel they have something to lose. Princeton sociology professor Paul Starr joins host Krys Boyd to talk about how concentrated wealth is often at the root of societal stagnation, which he writes about in “Entrenchment: Wealth, Power, and the Constitution of Democratic Societies” (Yale University Press).
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May 12th, 1949
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1 hour, 21 minutes