Berry’s research focuses on interest groups, especially citizen groups and their voice in the governmental process. He also conducts research on city politics, sustainability, and, most recently, political opinion media such as cable TV, talk radio, and the political blogosphere.
The New Liberalism: The Rising Power of Citizen Groups (Brookings Institution, 1999).
Uses the agenda of Congress as a window into interest group politics to document the changing face of liberalism; argues that over time, liberal lobbies moved away from working on economic and labor issues to advocacy around quality of life (or “postmaterialist”) issues such as environmental quality and consumer protection. Winner of the Aaron Wildavsky Best Book Award from the Policy Studies Organization, 1999.
A Voice for Nonprofits (with ) (Brookings Institution, 2003).
Argues that nonprofits badly misunderstand the tax law under which they operate and that because nonprofit leaders mistakenly believe that they are not allowed to lobby, the lobbying world is increasingly skewed in favor of business, labor, and professional associations. Winner of the Leon D. Epstein Outstanding Book Award, Political Organizations and Parties Section, American Political Science Association, 2004.
Lobbying and Policy Change: Who Wins, Who Loses, and Why (with ) (University of Chicago Press, 2009).
Addresses the question of who wins and who loses in Washington politics; argues that interest group resources are not related to outcomes in policymaking and that the lobbying community so strongly reflects the status quo, that it will not fundamentally alter the balance of power unless its makeup shifts dramatically in favor of average Americans’ concerns. Winner of the Leon D. Epstein Outstanding Book Award, Political Organizations and Parties Section, American Political Science Association, 2010.
"Civil Society and Sustainable Cities" (with ). Comparative Political Studies 47, no. 3 (2014): 395-419.
Discusses research from 50 large American cities that argues that the number of local environmental protection policies and programs is strongly related to the inclusion of environmental groups in urban policymaking; analyzes the impact of environmental advocacy.
The Outrage Industry: Political Opinion Media and the New Incivility (with ) (Oxford University Press, 2014).
Examines cable TV, talk radio, and the political blogosphere, as business sectors that operate under economic incentives that lead them to promote polarization through provocative and abrasive political commentary.
In the News
Jeffrey M. Berry quoted on fake news in Nicola Pardy, "How the Fake News Industry Weaponizes Women" Refinery 29, May 3, 2018.
Jeffrey M. Berry quoted on talk radio in Jason Schwartz, "Ben Shapiro to Take His Podcast to Radio" Politico, March 29, 2018.
Jeffrey M. Berry quoted on voter attention, "Elizabeth Warren Seeks to Put 'Pocahontas' Barbs Behind Her" Cherokee Phoenix, March 10, 2018.
Jeffrey M. Berry quoted in Dwayne Harmon, "Elizabeth Warren Not Running for President, Unless She Does" Newburgh Gazette, March 11, 2018.
Jeffrey M. Berry quoted in Steve LeBlanc, "Elizabeth Warren Seeks to Neutralize 'Pocahontas' Barbs" Seattle Times, March 5, 2018.
Jeffrey M. Berry quoted in Chris Lisinski, "L'Italien, Matias See Financial Support from Interest Groups" The Sentinel & Enterprise, February 26, 2018.
Jeffrey M. Berry quoted in Louis Jacobson, "How Might a 2018 Democratic Wave Affect Governor's Races?" Governing, February 14, 2018.
Jeffrey M. Berry quoted in Chris Lisinkski, "3rd District Candidates Raking in Cash" Lowell Sun, January 29, 2018.
Jeffrey M. Berry quoted in Katherine Q. Seelye, "Joseph P. Kennedy III to Respond to State of the Union for Democrats" New York Times, January 30, 2018.
Jeffrey M. Berry quoted in Scott Malone, "Bernie Sanders Brings Local Politics Focus to Massachusetts Races" Reuters, October 23, 2017.
Jeffrey M. Berry quoted in Steve LeBlanc, "Baker Tapping Popularity to Sway Voters on Ballot Questions" Associated Press, October 31, 2016.
Jeffrey M. Berry quoted on legal challenges of rescinding nomination in Maria Gallucci, "Can Republicans Dump Trump as Their 2016 Presidential Candidate?" Mashable, October 9, 2016.
Jeffrey M. Berry quoted on political polarization in Jess Bidgood, "Massachusetts Poised to Expand Protections for Transgender People" New York Times, June 1, 2016.
Jeffrey M. Berry's research on angry political rhetoric discussed in Jeffrey M. Berry (with ), "Professors Examine Outrageous Political Speech in Current Election Cycle," Tufts Daily, February 19, 2016.
Jeffrey M. Berry quoted on Republican parties throughout the states in Ben Gittleson, "John Kasich Chills in Northeast as Rivals Sweat in South" CBS, February 20, 2016.
Jeffrey M. Berry quoted on the midterm elections Republican outcome in Katharine Q. Seelye, "New England Delegation Acquires a Tinge of Red" New York Times, November 5, 2014.
Jeffrey M. Berry quoted on gubernatorial candidate Charlie Baker in Fred Thys, "Why It Could Pay off for Charlie Baker to Focus in on Boston" WBUR National Public Radio, October 21, 2014.
Jeffrey M. Berry quoted on gubernatorial candidate Charlie Baker in Kris Maher, "Massachusetts Democrat is Locked in Another Tight Race" Wall Street Journal, October 27, 2014.
Jeffrey M. Berry quoted on Massachusetts' gubernatorial race in David Scharfenberg, "A Sense of Unknowability in the Governor’s Race" Boston Globe, November 2, 2014.