The Wolf at the Door: The Menace of Economic Insecurity and How to Fight It

Michael J. Graetz (Author) Ian Shapiro (Author)
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Harvard University Press
Publish Date
February 18, 2020
5.8 X 1.2 X 8.3 inches | 1.14 pounds

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About the Author

Michael J. Graetz is a professor of law at Columbia Law School and the Justus S. Hotchkiss Professor of Law Emeritus at Yale University. He has previously published seven books and many articles on a wide range of public policy issues.
Ian Shapiro is Sterling Professor of Political Science at Yale University, where he also serves as Henry R. Luce Director of the Yale Center for International and Area Studies. He is the editor or author of numerous books, most recently Political Contingency (NYU Press) and Rethinking Political Institutions (NYU Press).


Smart, interesting, and important, The Wolf at the Door tackles the topic of policy and political responses to economic insecurity and political dysfunction with concrete recommendations and evidentiary backing. Graetz and Shapiro write with vigor and clarity, telling readers directly what policies and politics are empirically supportable, feasible, and normatively desirable, and what are not.--Jennifer Hochschild, Harvard University
Two books in one! A concise, trenchant, and very readable history of how economic insecurity produced today's American populism--and a thoughtful, politically realistic, economically sound set of remedies for those who know both Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders are onto something, but who also know their answers to American economic insecurity won't succeed.--David Wessel, The Brookings Institution
Graetz and Shapiro wrestle with a fundamental question of our day: How do we address a system that makes too many Americans anxious that economic security is slipping out of reach? Their cogent call for sensible and achievable policies offers a pathway back to functional governance and should be read by progressives and conservatives alike.--Jacob J. Lew, 76th US Secretary of the Treasury
In The Wolf at the Door, Michael Graetz and Ian Shapiro trace masterfully the sources of insecurity increasingly haunting millions of Americans. Not content to tell the tale or just focus on politicians' desire to exploit that insecurity, they consider important policy ideas to reward work and bolster individuals' ability to cope with economic shifts beyond their control. The thesis of the book and its recommendations are a must-read for any serious observer of what is happening to the American economy and body politic today.--Glenn Hubbard, Columbia Business School, former chairman of the US Council of Economic Advisers
Michael Graetz and Ian Shapiro take a hard and pragmatic look at how America can ameliorate its inequality, focusing especially on 'bottom-up' approaches. Their work is deep, informed, and reeks of common sense. This book should be read by every presidential candidate and every lawmaker.--Norman Ornstein, Resident Scholar, American Enterprise Institute
It is now beyond debate that rising inequality is not only leaving millions of Americans living on a sharp edge but also is threatening our democracy. Michael Graetz and Ian Shapiro provide a fresh, insightful look at how we got here and, more to the point, how we might work our way out. For activists and scholars alike who are struggling to create a more equitable society, this is an essential read.--David Gergen, Professor at Harvard Kennedy School and adviser to four US presidents