Adam Levine: American Insecurity
From Sean Taylor on February 8th, 2016
Join us for a Chats in the Stacks book talk with Cornell political scientist Adam Seth Levine. His new book American Insecurity (Princeton University Press, 2015), provides a new perspective on political behaviors that shape our financial well-being. The key is that the very arguments intended to get people involved—asking them to donate money or time—remind them of their economic fears and constraints, leading to nonparticipation. When money is needed, those personally affected do not become politically active. When time is needed, participation is limited to those not personally affected or those who are affected but outside of the labor force with time to spare. Levine’s key discovery is that rhetoric about economic insecurity issues is actually self-undermining.
Adam Levine is assistant professor in the Department of Government at Cornell. His work has won numerous awards, including the 2011 E. E. Schattschneider Prize.