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Jacob Hacker
Professor of Political Science
University of California, Berkeley

Jacob Hacker is an important contributor of public policy ideas in the areas of healthcare, social welfare and economic opportunity. Jacob has spent his career researching how the institutions of social protection work, practically and economically.

In his most recent book, The Great Risk Shift, Jacob Hacker describes how government and businesses are shifting risk of all kinds—job and income security, healthcare, and retirement—onto the shoulders of individuals and families.

The Great Risk Shift is an indispensable message for any audience that helps people manage financial risk, including those in healthcare, human resources, financial services and, especially, insurance; plus policymakers and organizations intent on restoring security to the American dream.

Jacob is also the author of Health Care for America, a proposal for guaranteed, affordable health care for all Americans sponsored by the Economic Policy Institute, which is the foundation for Senator Obama's healthcare plan.

Jacob Hacker is a Professor of Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley. He heads a Social Science Research Council project on the privatization of risk. He is a Fellow at the New America Foundation and sits on the American Political Science Association's public presence Task Force on Inequality and Democracy.

Before coming to UC Berkeley, Jacob was an Assistant Professor of Political Science and Resident Fellow of the Institution for Social and Policy Studies at Yale University. His articles and opinion pieces have appeared in a host of journals and premier mainstream print media.

Jacob has spent his career researching how the institutions of social protection work, practically and economically. He is the author of two books in this area besides The Great Risk Shift The Road to Nowhere: The Genesis of President Clinton's Plan for Health Security, and The Divided Welfare State: The Battle over Public and Private Social Benefits in the United States. He also heads a Social Science Research Council project on the privatization of risk.


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