Richard Bachman passed away on September 19th, 2021. Read his obituary here.
Lachmann studied the effects of elite power on U.S. democracy and on the ability of the American government to plan for the future and to mobilize the resources needed to sustain economic growth, social benefits, and military power. He also studied how increasingly vivid and detailed media reports of war deaths in the U.S. and Israel since the 1960s have reduced the willingness of the American and Israeli publics to support wars that create significant casualties for their own soldiers. Lachmann was active in the Concerned Faculty group at the University at Albany, which has organized teach-ins on the Iraq war, state budget cuts, and the current economic crisis. He also advised a suburban school district near Albany on how development sprawl would affect their budget.