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Jonah Levy

Professor, Vice Chair and Director of Undergraduate Studies
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Personal Statement

Jonah D. Levy received his Ph.D. in political science from MIT in 1994. He teaches courses in the areas of comparative political economy, French and West European politics, and welfare policy. Levy is Vice-Chair of the Department of Political Science as well as Director of Undergraduate Studies; he serves as a Faculty Liaison for the Disabled Students Program (DSP); and he is the Director of Berkeley's Center of Excellence in French Studies. Levy has a forthcoming book entitled Contested Liberalization: Historical Legacies and Contemporary Conflict in France (Cambridge University Press, 2023) that describes and analyzes the contentious politics surrounding economic liberalization in France. Levy also has a forthcoming book with Edward Elgar entitled, Rethinking Economic Liberalization. Levy is a member of the Board of Polity and of the International Advisory Board for the journal, French Politics. He has received a Phi Beta Kappa award for excellence in teaching and been selected as the UC Berkeley, Undergraduate Political Science Association Professor of the Year.

Research Interests
Political Economy
Western Europe
Welfare State
Economic Liberalization
Industrial Policy
Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Contested Liberalization: Historical Legacies and Contemporary Conflict in France (forthcoming 2023)
  • Rethinking Economic Liberalization (Edward Elgar, forthcoming 2023)
  • The Oxford Handbook of the Transformations of the State (co-editor) (Oxford University Press, 2015)
  • Political Representation in the Global Age: Identification, Mobilization, and Adjudication (co-editor) (Cambridge University Press, 2014)
  • The State after Statism: New State Activities in the Age of Liberalization (editor) (Harvard University Press, 2006)
  • Developments in French Politics 3 and 4 (co-editor) (Palgrave, 2005 and 2008)
  • Tocqueville's Revenge: State, Society, and Economy in Contemporary France (Harvard University Press, 1999)
  • "The Return of the State? France's Response to the 2008 Financial and Economic Crisis," Comparative European Politics, June 2017
  • The Political Economy of Advanced Industrial States: The Trajectory of the Statist Model," in The Oxford Handbook of Transformations of the State, "(Oxford University Press, 2015)
  • "Directionless: French Economic Policy in the 21st Century," in Dan Breznitz and John Zysman (eds.), The Third Globalization: Can Wealthy Nations Stay Rich? (Oxford University Press, 2013)
  • "Welfare Retrenchment," in Francis Castles et al. (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Comparative Welfare States, (Oxford University Press: 2010). New version in 2021
  • "From the Dirigiste State to the Social Anesthesia State: French Economic Policy in the Longue Durée," Modern and Contemporary France, November 2008
  • "Les politiques économiques et sociales" (Economic and Social Policy), in Olivier Borraz and Virginie Guiraudon (eds.), Politiques publiques: La France dans la gouvernance européenne (Public Policy: France in the European Union), Paris: Fondation Nationale des Sciences Politiques, 2008
  • Between Neo-Liberalism and No Liberalism: Progressive Approaches to Economic Liberalization in Western Europe,” in Barry Eichengreen, Michael Landesmann, and Dieter Stiefel (eds.), The European Economy in an American Mirror (Routledge, Taylor, and Francis 2007)