Lyle A. Scruggs


Political Science

Comparative Politics, Political Economy, Social Policy, Environmental Politics, Research Methods

Ph.D. Duke University

Twitter: @condorcetsd

Comparative Welfare Entitlements Project:

Professor Scruggs received his BA from Wake Forest University in 1990 and his Ph.D. from Duke University in 1998. His specialties are comparative political economy, comparative welfare policy, comparative environmental politics and quantitative research methods. He is the author of Sustaining Abundance: Environmental Performance in Industrial Democracies (Cambridge University Press, 2003), and more recently “Declining Public Concern about Climate Change: Can We Blame the Great Recession?” Global Environmental Change. Professor Scruggs is a co-Director of the Comparative Entitlements Dataset Project (CWED), and the UConn Political Economy Workshop, an affiliate of the Center for Environmental Science and Engineering, a member of the Human Rights Institute’s Economic and Social Rights Group. Professor Scruggs has been a Visiting Scholar at the Russell Sage Foundation in New York City in 2011-12 and at the School of Social and Political Science at University of Edinburgh in 2004.

Professor Scruggs engaged in two research projects.

First, he is part of an international research team that working on comparing the generosity of social welfare benefits around the world and their implications for social inequality and health outcomes. This project has twice received support for the National Science Foundation and from the German Research Foundation, and received an award from the Comparative Politics Section of the American Political Science Association.

Professor Scruggs’ second project involves understanding public and elite attitudes about climate change around the world. He is currently working on several research papers about trends in elite and mass opinion in different countries around the world.

He is currently looking for undergraduate and graduate research collaborators in any disciplinary field in both of these research areas.

Selected Publications

  • Lyle Scruggs. 2013. “Measuring and validating social program replacement rates.” Journal of European Public Policy. 20 (9): 1267-1284.
  • “Measuring Unemployment Insurance Generosity.” Forthcoming in Political Analysis. (with  Stéphan Pallage and Christian Zimmermann)
  • “Declining Public Concern about Climate Change: Can We Blame the Great Recession?” Global Environmental Change. 22 (2), 2012:505-515 (with Salil Benegal).
  • “Information, Choice and Political Consumption: Human Rights in the Checkout Lane.” Human Rights Quarterly. 33 (4), 2011: 1092-1121 (with Shareen Hertel, Christopher Jeffords and Sam Best).
  • “Bribes and Ballots: The Impact of Corruption on Voter Turnout.” International Political Science Review (forthcoming, with Daniel Stockemer)
  • “Human Rights and Public Opinion: From Attitudes to Action.” Political Science Quarterly. 124, 2009:443-460 (with Shareen Hertel and Patrick Heidkamp).
  • “Social Stratification and Welfare Regimes in the 21st Century” World Politics. 60, 2008: 642-64 (with James Allan).
  • “What Mutliple Regression Got to Do with It? A Comment on Limits and Alternatives to Michael Shalev” Comparative Social Research 24, 2007: 315-330
  • “The Material Consequences of Welfare States:  Benefit Generosity and Absolute Poverty in 16 OECD Countries.”  Comparative Political Studies 39, 2006: 880-904. (with James Allen)
  • ” American Journal of Political Science. 48, 2004: 496-512 (with James Allan). “Political Partisanship and Welfare State Reform in Advanced Industrial Societies.
  • Sustaining Abundance: Environmental Performance in Industrial Democracies . Cambridge University Press, 2003.
  • “Political and Economic Inequality and the Environment.” Ecological Economics. 26, 1998: 259-75.
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