Jonah Levy

762 Social Sciences Building
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Office Hours: Wednesday, 12-2 pm
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Research Interests: 
Political Economy
Western Europe
Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Personal Statement: 

Jonah 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 social policy.  Levy is Vice-Chair of the Department of Political Science as well as Director of Undergraduate Studies.  He is currently conducting research on France's response to the 2008 crisis as well as on the relationship between partisanship and economic liberalization in contemporary Western Europe.  Levy is a member of the Executive Committee of the Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Research Program at Berkeley.  He is also a member of the International Advisory Board for the journal, French Politics.   Levy received a Phi Beta Kappa award for excellence in teaching and was selected as the UC Berkeley, Undergraduate Political Science Association Professor of the Year.

  • Reluctant Reformers: The Left and Economic Liberalization (forthcoming 2014)
  • The Process of Political Representation in the Global Age (co-editor) (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2013)
  • The Oxford Handbook of the Transformations of the State (co-editor) (Oxford University Press, forthcoming 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 Political Economy of Advanced Industrial States: The Trajectory of the Statest Model," in The Oxford Handbook of Transformations of the State, (Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2014).
  • "Directionless: French Economic Policy in the 21st Century," in Dan Breznitz and John Zysman (eds.), Can Wealthy Nations Stay Rich? (Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2012).
  • “Welfare Retrenchment,” in Stephan Leibfried et al. (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Comparative Welfare States, (Oxford University Press: 2010)
  • “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 B. Eichengreen, M. Landesmann, and D. Stiefel (eds.), The European Economy in an American Mirror, Oxford, UK: Routledge, Taylor, and Francis, 2007
  • “Après l’étatisme: La nouvelle intervention de l’Etat en France” (After Statism: The New State Intervention in France), in Karim Bitar and Robert Fadel (ed.), Regards sur la France (Perspectives on France), Paris: Editions du Seuil, 2007
  • "Vice into Virtue? Progressive Politics and Welfare Reform in Continental Europe,"  Politics and Society, June 1999