Campbell’s research focuses on how institutions affect the performance of national political and economic systems. Much of his work compares the United States with other advanced capitalist countries. Overarching themes in Campbell’s writings include why capitalism needs strong states and cohesive societies to perform well; why nation-states continue to be important in a globalizing world; why some countries recovered from the 2008 financial crisis better than others; how policy ideas are generated in different ways in different countries; and how Donald Trump rose to power and damaged America’s political institutions.
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Shows how different types of nation-states affect socioeconomic development around the world. It argues that states that best maintain order, protect the population, and cultivate social solidarity are best suited to facilitate modernization, economic growth, and prosperity for its citizens. It considers the hegemonic U.S. state and whether its hegemony will last; the European Union; the newly emerging economies (e.g., BRICs); and the dysfunctional (e.g., failed) states of Africa. Written for a general non-academic audience.
Presents evidence that globalization has not triggered a “race to the bottom” in tax policy among the advanced capitalist countries.