Risk and uncertainty; social policy and state welfare, especially theoretical and normative approaches; cross-national comparative work in Europe and East Asia; public attitudes to inequality, social justice and social policy
About this Fellow
Distinguished Research Professor in Sociology, UCLA (since 1987). Born Manchester, England in 1942. D.Phil Oxford. Honorary Doctorates from McGill University, The University of the Aegean, and University College, Dublin. Honorary Professor Cambridge University. Member of the American Academy. Principal work is the four-volume The Sources of Social Power (1986, 1993, 2012, and 2013), which is a history of power in human societies centred on four types of power, ideological, economic, military, and political. Also published books entitled Fascists, on the rise of fascism in the inter-war period, The Dark Side of Democracy: Explaining Ethnic Cleansing, and Incoherent Empire, a critique of US foreign policy. Currently writing a book on war and military power.
- Distinguished Professor of Sociology, University of California, Los Angeles; Honorary Professor, University of Cambridge
Social security policy; poverty and living standards; child well-being; and comparative social policy
Urban inequality and the social structure of contemporary cities, including the study of neighbourhood effects; stability and change in crime over the life course