Mildred A. Schwartz

Professor Emerita of Sociology, University of Illinois at Chicago
Visiting Scholar of Sociology, New York University

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Schwartz studies how organizations – political parties, political movements, and institutions of higher education – work on a day to day basis, why they persist in their current form, how some are stimulated to change, and how they may become corrupted.



Trouble in the University: How the Education of Health Care Professionals Became Corrupted (Brill, 2014).
Argues that changes in higher education, especially related to health care, and in relations between universities and the state, have created conditions for systemic corruption; uses the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey as a prototypic case of how the processes of corruption unfold and offers lessons in how such misconduct could be avoided.
"Continuity and Change in the Organization of Political Parties" Canadian-American Public Policy 78 (2011): 1-88.
Argues that in both Canada and The United States, political parties were stimulated by electoral failure to find new ways of organizing for success.
Party Movements in the United States and Canada: Strategies of Persistence (Rowman and Littlefield, 2006).
Analyzes how party movements - minor political parties displaying social movement characteristics - are able to persist in what can be assumed to be unfriendly political environments.
The Party Network: The Robust Organization of Illinois Republicans (University of Wisconsin Press, 1990).
Traces the connections among political officeholders, party officials, and influential supporters by using research done at a time when the Republican Party was growing in influence and success; examines how a network of relations, stretching from the local to the federal level, and supported by relative agreement about goals, built an organization able to win the highest offices.