This grant would provide research support for a forthcoming book from Oxford University Press: Building a Business of Politics. Virtually every aspect of modern political campaigns, from polling and advertising to social media and micro-targeting, relies on paid consultants - the field has become central to the conduct and character of modern American politics. During the 2012 Presidential race, for example, consulting fees accounted for 30% of the more than $1.3 billion spent by candidates in the presidential race. This book will examine the creation and rise of the profession, the role of publicity and propaganda in shaping public opinion, and the relationships between top consulting firms and the corporations and candidates they support.
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for support of a new university center on economy and society
Johns Hopkins University will use this grant to create a new center that will foster research and curriculum development, as well as work with other university centers being established to cultivate a network that will develop new thinking around political economy, economy, and society.
for support of the History and Political Economy Project
The History and Political Economy Project (HPEP) brings together a network of historically minded scholars whose research examines the ways that neoliberalism has been developed, implemented, and contested around the world. With the goal of producing historical scholarship that is strategically useful for addressing the challenges of social-political transformation in the present, the project seeks to use the tools of historical inquiry to counter rising inequality, economic dislocation, and political alienation. HPEP supports new research, fosters connections among scholars working in different temporal and geographic contexts, and draws lessons for contemporary efforts to challenge the hegemony of neoliberal ideas and modes of governance.
for support to grow the Performance Monitoring for Action abortion module
This grant to the Performance Monitoring for Action (PMA) project of Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health will support a study on abortion in Niger to assess abortion incidence, safety, clinical conditions, and individual and provider dynamics about abortion. The PMA project uses an innovative method to gather frequent data on sexual and reproductive health in eight focus countries that is used to inform national and global policy. This abortion-specific study will be the first of its kind in Niger, a highly restrictive and socially conservative context. This grant is aligned with the International Reproductive Health substrategy objective to reduce unsafe abortion in Francophone West Africa.