John L. Campbell

The Class of 1925 Professorship, Dartmouth College
Professor of Sociology, Dartmouth College
Chair, Department of Sociology, Dartmouth College
Visiting Professor of Political Economy, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark

John Campbell's research interests span economic and political sociology, comparative political economy, and institutional theory.  He has written about energy and tax policy, the evolution of the U.S. economy, transformations of post-communist societies in Eastern Europe, corporate social responsibility, globalization, the role of ideas and experts in policymaking, and the 2008 financial crisis.  The thread connecting all of this is his interest in how institutions affect national political economies and how they change.  His recent books are The National Origins of Policy Ideas: Knowledge Regimes in the United States, France, Germany and Denmark (Princeton University Press, 2014), which is about how policy research and advising is conducted in different countries; The World of States (Bloomsbury Press, 2015), which is about how nation-states in different parts of the world have responded to globalization and other changes in the international political economy; and The Paradox of Vulnerability: States, Nationalism and the Financial Crisis (Princeton University Press, 2017), which is about how small countries responded to the 2008 financial crisis.  His newest book is about the rise of Donald Trump to the presidency entitled American Discontent: The Rise of Donald Trump and Decline of the Golden Age (Oxford University Press, 2018).  He is currently writing a book about the fragility and instability of capitalism today based on forgotten insights of the great economists of the past.

Curriculum Vitae
603-646-2542
306C Blunt Hall
HB 6104
Department:
Sociology
Center:
The John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding
Education:
Ph.D. University of Wisconsin at Madison
M.A. Michigan State University
B.A. St. Lawrence University

Selected Publications

BOOKS:

Campbell, John L.  2018.  American Discontent: The Rise of Donald Trump and Decline of the Golden Age.  New York: Oxford University Press.

Campbell, John L. and John A. Hall.  2017.  The Paradox of Vulnerability: States, Nationalism and the Financial Crisis.  Princeton: Princeton University Press.

Campbell, John L. and John A. Hall.  2015.  The World of StatesLondon: Bloomsbury Press.

Campbell, John L. and Ove K. Pedersen. 2014. The National Origins of Policy Ideas: Knowledge Regimes in the United States, France, Germany and Denmark. Princeton: Princeton University Press.

Morgan, Glenn, John L. Campbell, Colin Crouch, Ove K. Pedersen, and Richard Whitley, editors. 2010. Oxford Handbook of Comparative Institutional Analysis. New York:  Oxford University Press.

Campbell, John L., John A. Hall, Ove K. Pedersen, editors.  2006.  National Identity and the Varieties of Capitalism: The Danish ExperienceMontreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press.

Campbell, John L.  2004.  Institutional Change and GlobalizationPrinceton:  Princeton University Press.

Campbell, John L. and Ove K. Pedersen, editors.  2001.  The Rise of Neoliberalism and Institutional AnalysisPrinceton: Princeton University Press.

ARTICLES AND CHAPTERS:

Campbell, John L.  2018.  “Corporate Social Responsibility and the Financial Crisis: Reflections on the 2017 AMR Decade Award.”   Academy of Management Review 43(4)546-556.

Campbell, John L.  2017.  “Institutions, Policy Planning Networks and Who Rules America?”  Pp. 86-101 in Studying the Power Elite: Fifty Years of Who Rules America?  edited by G. William Domhoff.  New York: Routledge.

Campbell, John L. and Ove K. Pedersen.  2015.  "Policy Ideas, Knowledge Regimes and Comparative Political Economy."  Socio-Economic Review  13(4)679-702.

Campbell, John L. and John A. Hall.  2015.  "The World of States."  The World Financial Review March/April pp. 8-11.

Campbell, John L. and John A. Hall.  2015.  "Small States, Nationalism and Institutional Capacities: An Explanation of the Difference in Response of Ireland and Denmark to the Financial Crisis."  European Journal of Sociology  56(1)143-174.

Campbell, John L. and John A. Hall.  2015.  "The Economic Consequences of the Size of Nations: Denmark in Comparative Perspective."  In Building the Nation: Nikolai Grundtvig and Danaish National Identity, edited by John A. Hall, Ove Korsgaard and Ove K. Pedersen.  Montreal: McGill-Queen's University Press.

Campbell,  John L. and Ove K. Pedersen.  2015.  "Making Sense of Economic Uncertainty: Knowledge Regimes in the United States and Denmark."  Pp. 22-40 in Sources of National Institutional Competitiveness: Sense Making and Institutional Change, edited by Susana Borras and Leonard Seabrooke.  New York: Oxford University Press.

Campbell, John L. and Ove. K. Pedersen.  2014.  "The National Origins of Policy Ideas."  The World Financial Review July/August, pp. 26-28.

Campbell, John L., Charles Quincy, Jordan Osserman and Ove K. Pedersen.  2013.  "Coding In-Depth Semi-Structured Interviews: Problems of Unitization and Inter-Coder Reliability and Agreement."  Sociological Methods and Research 42 (3)294-320.

Patsiurko, Natalka, John L. Campbell and John A. Hall. 2013. "Nation-State Size, Ethnic Diversity and Economic Performance in the Advanced Capitalist Countries." New Political Economy  18(6)827-844.

Patsiurko, Natalka, John L. Campbell and John A. Hall. 2012. "Measuring Cultural Diversity: Ethnic, Linguistic and Religious Fractionalization in the OECD." Ethnic and Racial Studies 35(2)195-217.

Campbell, John L. 2011. "The U.S. Financial Crisis: Lessons for Theories of Institutional Complementarity." Socio-Economic Review 9:211-34.

Campbell, John L. and Ove K. Pederson. 2011. "Knowledge Regimes and Comparative Political Economy." Pp 167-90 in Ideas and Politics in Social Science Research, edited by Daniel Béland and Robert Cox. New York: Oxford University Press.

Campbell, John L. 2010. "Neoliberalism in Crisis: Regulatory Roots of the U.S. Financial Meltdown." Research in the Sociology of Organizations 30B:65-101.

Campbell, John L. 2010. "Institutional Reproduction and Change." Pp. 87-115 in Oxford Handbook of Comparative Institutional Analysis, edited by Glenn Morgan, John L. Campbell, Colin Crouch, Ove K. Pedersen, and Richard Whitley. New York: Oxford University Press.

Campbell, John L. and John A. Hall. 2010. "Defending the Gellnerian Premise: Denmark in Historical and Comparative Context." Nations and Nationalism 16(1)89-107.

Campbell, John L. 2010.  "Neoliberalism's Penal and Debtor States: A Rejoinder to Löic Wacquant."  Theoretical Criminology 14(1)59-73.

Campbell, John L. and John A. Hall. 2009. "National Identity and the Political Economy of Small States." Review of International Political Economy 16(4)547-572.

Campbell, John L. 2009. "What Do Sociologists Bring to International Political Economy?" Pp. 260-73 in Routledge Handbook of International Political Economy, edited by Mark Blyth. London: Routledge.

Campbell, John L. 2009. "A Renaissance for Fiscal Sociology?" Pp. 256-65 in The New Fiscal Sociology: Taxation in Comparative and Historical Perspective, edited by Issac Martin, Ajay Mehrotra and Monica Prasad. New York: Cambridge University Press.

Campbell, John L. and Ove K. Pedersen.  2007.  “The Varieties of Capitalism and Hybrid Success: Denmark in the Global Economy.” Comparative Political Studies 40(2)307-32.

Campbell, John L.  2007.  “Why Would Corporations Behave in Socially Responsible Ways?  An Institutional Theory of Corporate Social Responsibility.” Academy of Management Review 32(3)946-67.

Campbell, John L.  2005.  “Where Do We Stand?  Common Mechanisms in Organizations and Social Movements Research.” Pp. 41-68 in Social Movements and Organization Theory, edited by Gerald F. Davis, Doug McAdam, W. Richard Scott, and Mayer N. Zald.  New York: Cambridge University Press.

Campbell, John L.  2005.  “Fiscal Sociology in an Age of Globalization: Comparing Tax Regimes in Advanced Capitalist Countries.” Pp. 391-418 in The Economic Sociology of Capitalism, edited by Victor Nee and Richard Swedberg.  Princeton: Princeton University Press.

Campbell, John L.  2003.  “States, Politics and Globalization: Why Institutions Still Matter.” Pp. 234-59 in The Nation-State in Question, edited by T.V. Paul, G. John Ikenberry and John A. Hall.  Princeton: Princeton University Press.

Campbell, John L.  2002.  “Ideas, Politics and Public Policy.” Annual Review of Sociology 28:21-38.

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Works in Progress

Capitalism Now: Crisis, Prosperity and the Forgotten Lessons of the Great Economists

The stability of capitalism in the postwar era has been slowly destroyed and replaced by the increasingly fragile system of the twenty-first century.  Mainstream economists have neglected key underlying social forces that are destabilizing capitalism today.  These are the forces of classes, nations and states.  This neglect stems, ironically, from contemporary economists overlooking important sociological and political lessons of some of their greatest predecessors, including Adam Smith, Friedrich List, Joseph Schumpeter, John Maynard Keynes, Karl Polanyi, and Albert Hirschman.  The project explores these economists' arguments about caplitalist instability, how their insights help explan capitalism's instability today, and what this means for capitalism's prospects in the future.

American Discontent: The Rise of Donald Trump and Decline of the Golden Age

How did someone with no political experience and who never ran for public office suddenly become President of the United States?  This project answers that question.  Donald Trump's rise to power was just the tip of a deep political-economic iceberg involving slowly developing trends since the 1970s in the economy, race relations, ideology and politics that reached a tipping point, and that was suddenly pushed over the edge by the 2008 financial crisis, Barack Obama's election as President, and his moves to manage the crisis and reform the health care system.  The project also examines how this compares to populist resurgence in Europe, and how it will change the face of American politics and U.S. hegemony in the future.  Results appear in American Discontent: The Rise of Donald Trump and Decline of the Golden Age (Oxford University Press, 2018).

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