Fay Lomax Cook
Professor, Human Development and Social Policy
, Institute for Policy Research
2120 Campus Drive
Evanston, IL 60208-0001
Phone: (847) 491-8704
Fax: (847) 491-9916
BiographyFay Lomax Cook is Professor of Human Development and Social Policy in the School of Education and Social Policy and director of the Institute for Policy Research at Northwestern University. She has been president of the Gerontological Society of America; a fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences; a visiting scholar at the Russell Sage Foundation; a member of the Expert Panel on Performance Outcome Measurement, U.S. Administration on Aging; a member of the Ford Foundation's research advisory committee on Social Welfare Policy and the American Future; a scientific consultant to the National Institute on Aging; and a member of the North American Program Committee for the International Congress on Gerontology. She is a fellow of the Gerontological Society of America and a member of the National Academy of Social Insurance.
Her research focuses on the interrelationships between public opinion and public policy, the politics of public policy, how Americans come together to discuss policy issues, and the dynamics of public support for Social Security and other social programs. She is the author or co-author of many scholarly articles and book chapters as well as five books, including most recently Talking Together: Public Deliberation and Political Participation in America with Lawrence Jacobs and Michael Delli Carpini (University of Chicago Press, 2009).
|1977||PhD, Social Welfare Policy||University of Chicago|
|1972||MA, Social Welfare Policy||University of Chicago|
|1968||MA, English Literature||University of North Carolina|
|1965||BA, English||Millsaps College, Jackson, Mississippi|
Selected PublicationsCook, F. L. (2011). The need for public deliberation: Giving the public a voice on affordable health insurance. ournal of Health Politics, Policy, and Law 36(5): 879-85.
Cook, F.L., L.R Jacobs, and Dukhong Kim (2010). Trusting What You Know: Information, Knowledge, and Confidence in Social Security. Journal of Politics).
Cook, F. L. and M. Czaplewski (2009). Public Opinion and Social Insurance: The American Experience in Leah Rogne, Carroll Estes, Brian Grossman, Brooke Hollister, and Erica Solway, Social Insurance and Social Justice: Social Security, Medicare, and the Campaign Against Entitlements Springer Publishing Company.
Jacobs, Lawrence R., Fay Lomax Cook, and Michael X. Delli Carpini (2009). Talking Together: Public Deliberation and Political Participation in America.. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
Bolsen, T. and Cook, F.L (2008). Public Opinion on Energy Policy 1974-2006. Public Opinion Quarterly : 364-388.
Cook, F. L.; M. X. Delli Carpini, and L. R. Jacobs (2007). Who Deliberates? Discursive Participation in America in Rosenberg, Shawn, Can the People Govern? Deliberation, Participation and Democracy (pp. 25_40). MacMillan.
Cook, F.L (2005). Navigating Pension Policy in the United States: From the Politics of Consensus to the Politics of Dissensus about Social Security. Tocqueville Review: 37_66.
Cook, F. L., with M. Delli Carpini and L. Jacobs (2004). Public deliberation, discursive participation, and citizen engagement. Annual Review of Political Science.
Cook, F.L., Barabas, J. & Page, B.I. (2002). Invoking public opinion: Policy elites and social security. Public Opinion Quarterly, vol. 66:2: 235–264.
Manza, J. and Cook, F.L. (2002). A democratic polity? Three views of policy responsiveness to public opinion in the United States. American Politics Research, vol. 30:6: 630–667.
Cook, F.L. and Jacobs, L.R. (2002). Assessing assumptions about American attitudes about Social Security: Popular claims meet hard data in Edelman, P. & Salisbury, D.L., The Future of Social Insurance (pp. 82–110). Washington, D.C.: Brooking Institution Press.
Cook, F. L., with J. Barabas and B. Page (2002). Policy elites invoke public opinion: Polls, policy debates and the future of social security in F.L. Cook, J. Manza, and B. Page, Navigating Public Opinion: Polls, Policy, and the Future of American Democracy Oxford University Press.
Cook, F.L. (2002). Intergenerational equity in D. J. Ekerdt, R. A. Applebaum, K. C. Holden, S. G. Post, K. Rockwood, R. Schulta, R. L. Sprott, and P. Uhlenberg, Encyclopedia of Aging Springer Publishing Company.
Cook, F. L. (2002). Living longer, living better: The challenge to policymakers. Living Longer, Living Better, Special Committee on Aging.
Cook, F. L., with J. Manza and B. Page (2002). Navigating Public Opinion: Polls, Policy, and the Future of American Democracy. Oxford University Press.
Cook, F. L., with Edith J. Barrett (1992). Support for the American Welfare State: The Views of Congress and the Public.. Columbia University Press.
Research InterestsThe interrelationships between public opinion and social policy; the politics of public policy; the effects of public deliberation on political knowledge and participation; and the dynamics of public support for older Americans.
|HDSP 440||The Politics of Public Policy This course examines the politics underlying policy development and the policy process. We begin with a time-ordered sequence of steps. Then, we use this framework to show the many constraints of all kinds that limit the utility of the rational actor model as a way of understanding policy development and the policy process but do not destroy it. The theoretical and empirical literature on the politics of public policy is explored to understand the determinants of how issues emerge on policy agendas and the political opportunities and constraints within the policy process. It should be a useful course for students who want (1) to work in the policy-making world, (2) to do research to inform policy, or (3) to conduct research on the politics of public policy.|
|SOC_POL 312||Social Policymaking and Implementation Examines the process by which social policies are made, the process and realities of their implementation, and the attendant politics.|
|2004||Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po), France||Visiting Scholar|
|2000||Gerontological Society of America||President|
|1999||Virginia Little Memorial Lecture, University of Vermont||Lecturer|
|1999||Institute on Aging, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill||Distinguished Lecturer|
|1997||Duke University Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development||Distinguished Guest Lecturer|
|1997||Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Stanford, CA||Fellow|
|1996||Gerontological Society of America||Elected Fellow|
|1990||National Academy of Social Insurance||Elected Fellow|
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