Research

Working Papers

Fording, Richard C., and John Cotter. “The Political Origins of Extremism: Minority Descriptive Representation and the Mobilization of American Hate Groups.

Butz, Adam and Richard C. Fording. “The Color of Corrections: Racial Politics and Prison Privatization in the American States.”

Park, Hong Min, Joseph Smith, and Richard C. Fording. “The Impact of the Tea Party on Minority Interests in Congress.”

Park, Hong Min, Joseph Smith, and Richard C. Fording. “The Impact of the Tea Party on Minority Interests in Congress.”When Elephants Drink Tea: Examining the Distinctiveness of Tea Party Republicans in the U.S. Congress, 2009-2014.”

Patton, Dana J., and Richard C. Fording. “The Politics of Death: Women Legislators and Mortality in the States, 1981-2007.”

Books

Soss, Joe, Richard C. Fording and Sanford F. Schram. 2011. Disciplining the Poor: Neoliberal Paternalism and the Persistent Power of Race.  University of Chicago Press.

  • Winner of the Michael Harrington Award from the New Political Science section of the APSA, Oliver Cromwell Cox Award from the Racial and Ethnic Minorities section of the ASA, Herbert A. Simon Award, from the Public Administration Section of the APSA, CHOICE Magazine Outstanding Academic Title 2012
  • Reviewed in: CHOICE Magazine, Contemporary Political TheoryNew Political Science, Perspectives on Politics, Political Science Quarterly, Social Forces, Social Service Review, Transforming Anthropology

Kim, HeeMin and Richard C. Fording. 2007. An Accurate Understanding and a Proper Use of Manifestos: Analyses of Party Manifestos in 25 Western Democracies. 2007. Seoul, Korea: ORUEM Publishing House. (Published in Korean, Translated by Jinman Cho and Hong-Cheol Kim.)

Schram, Sanford F., Joe Soss and Richard C. Fording, eds. 2003. Race and the Politics of Welfare Reform.  Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan Press.

Journal Articles and Book Chapters

Houser, Linda, Sanford F. Schram, Joe Soss, and Richard C. Fording. “Child Care Subsidies & Caseworker Discretion in the Post-Welfare Reform Era.” Journal of Women, Politics and Policy (forthcoming).

Fording, Richard C., Sanford F. Schram and Joe Soss. 2013. “Do Welfare Sanctions Help or Hurt the Poor?  Estimating the Causal Effect of Sanctioning on Client Earnings.” Social Service Review, Vol. 87, No. 4 (December 2013), pp. 641-676.

Berry, William D., Richard C. Fording, Evan J. Ringquist, Russell L. Hanson and Carl Klarner. 2013. “A New Measure of State Government Ideology, and Evidence that Both the New Measure and an Old Measure are Valid.” State Politics and Policy Quarterly 13(2): 164-182.

Fording, Richard C., and Joseph Smith. 2012. “Barack Obama’s ‘Fight’ to End Poverty: Rhetoric and Reality.” Social Science Quarterly93(5): 1161-84.

Fording, Richard C., and HeeMin Kim. 2012. “Do Voter Preferences Matter between Elections?: Democratic Performance in Western Democracies.” International Area Studies Review 15(2): 122-140.

Fording, Richard C., Joe Soss, and Sanford F. Schram. 2011. “Race and the Local Politics of Punishment in the New World of Welfare.”   American Journal of Sociology 116, 5: Vol. 116, No. 5 (March 2011), pp. 1610-57.

Sanford F. Schram, Richard C. Fording and Joe Soss. 2011. “Neoliberal Paternalism: Race and the New Poverty Governance,” in State of White Supremacy: Racism,Governance, and the U.S., Moon-Kie Jung, Eduardo Bonilla-Silva, João CostaVargas, eds. Palo Alto: Stanford University Press.

Soss, Joe, Richard C. Fording and Sanford F. Schram.  2011. “The Organization of Discipline: From Performance Management to Perversity and Punishment.” Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory 21(suppl 2): 203-232. (Winner of the Beryl Radin Award, for the best article published in the Journal of Public Research Administration and Theory in 2011.)

Kim, Byungkyu, and Richard C. Fording. 2010. “Second-Order Devolution and the Implementation of TANF.” State Politics and Policy Quarterly 10, 4 (Winter): 341-367. (Winner of the 2009 SPPQ Best Paper Award for best paper presented at a conference during 2008.)

Schram, Sanford F., Joe Soss, Linda Houser and Richard C. Fording. 2011. “The Third Level of US Welfare Reform: Governmentality Under Neoliberal Paternalism.” Citizenship Studies 14(6):739-754.

Berry, William D., Richard C. Fording, Evan J. Ringquist, Russell L. Hanson and Carl Klarner. 2010.  “Measuring Citizen and Government Ideology in the American States: A Re-appraisal. State Politics and Policy Quarterly 10(2): 117-135.

Powell, Jr., G. Bingham, Powell, HeeMin Kim, and Richard C. Fording. 2010. “Electoral Systems, Party Systems, and Ideological Representation: An Analysis of Distortion in Western Democracies.” Comparative Politics 42(2): 167-85.

Schram, Sanford F., Joe Soss, Richard C. Fording and Linda Houser. 2009.  “Deciding to Discipline: A Multi-Method Study of Race, Choice, and Punishment at the Frontlines of Welfare Reform .American Sociological Review, 74(3), 398-422.

Soss, Joe, Richard C. Fording, and Sanford F. Schram. 2008.  “The Color of Devolution: Race, Federalism, and the Politics of Social Control.” American Journal of Political Science 52, 3 (July): 536-553.

Schram, Sanford F., Richard C. Fording and Joe Soss.  2008.  “Neoliberal Poverty Governance: Race, Place and the Punitive Turn in U.S. Welfare Policy.” Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society 1, 1 (April): 17-3.

Berry, William D., Evan J. Ringquist, Richard C. Fording and Russell L. Hanson. 2007. “The Measurement and Stability of State Citizen Ideology: A Rejoinder.” State Politics and Policy Quarterly 7(2):160-166.

Berry, William D., Evan J. Ringquist, Richard C. Fording and Russell L. Hanson. 2007. “The Measurement and Stability of State Citizen Ideology.” State Politics and Policy Quarterly 7(2):111-132.

Fording, Richard C., Joe Soss, and Sanford F. Schram. 2007.  “Devolution, Discretion and the Impact of Local Political Values on TANF Sanctioning.” Social Service Review 81(2):285-316.

Fording, Richard C., and William D. Berry. 2007.  “The Historical Impact of Welfare Programs on Poverty in the American States.” Policy Studies Journal 35(1):37-60.

Yates, Jeff, and Richard C. Fording. 2005.  “Politics and State Punitiveness in Black and White.” Journal of Politics 67(4): 1099-1121.

Fording, Richard C., Penny Miller and Dana Patton. 2003.  “Reform or Resistance? Local Government Response to State-Mandated Ethics Reform.Publius 33 (Spring): 1-16.

Fording,  Richard C. 2003.  “Laboratories of Democracy or Symbolic Politics? The Racial Origins of Welfare Reform.” In S.F. Schram, J. Soss, and R.C. Fording, eds. Race and the Politics of Welfare Reform. Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan Press. 2003.

Berry, William D., Richard C. Fording and Russell Hanson. 2003.  “Reassessing the ‘Race to the Bottom’ in State Welfare Policy.Journal of Politics 65 (May): 327-49.

Kim, HeeMin and  Richard C. Fording. 2003. “Voter Ideology in Western Democracies: An Update.European Journal of Political Research 42:95-105.

Kim, HeeMin and Richard C. Fording. 2002.  “Government Partisanship in Western Democracies, 1946-1998.European Journal of Political Research 41(2): 187-206.

Kim, HeeMin and Richard C. Fording. 2001.  “Economic Performance, International Tension, and Ideological Swing in Western Democracies: A Comparative Analysis, 1952-1989.Political Behavior 23(1): 53-73.

Fording, Richard C. 2001.  “The Political Response to Black Insurgency: A Critical Test of Competing Theories of the State. American Political Science Review 95(1):115-130. [Reprinted in Crime and Criminal Justice (The International Library of Essays in Law and Society), William T. Lyons, Jr., ed. Ashgate Publishing Co.]

Kim, HeeMin and Richard C. Fording. 2001.  The Political Significance of Tactical Voting: An Analysis of British Elections, Comparative Political Studies 34(3):294-311.

Kim, HeeMin and Richard C. Fording. 2001. “Extending the Estimates to Governments and Electors,” in Mapping Preferences: Parties, Electors, and Governments, 1945-1998, Ian Budge, et al., eds., London: Oxford University Press.

Berry, William D., Richard C. Fording and Russell Hanson. 2000.  “An Annual Cost of Living Index for the American States, 1960-95.Journal of Politics 62(2): 550-567.

Kim, HeeMin and Richard C. Fording. 1998. “Voter Ideology in Western Democracies, 1946-89.European Journal of Political Research 33:73-97.

Berry, William D., Evan J. Ringquist, Richard C. Fording and Russell L. Hanson. 1998.  “Measuring Citizen and Government Ideology in the American States, 1960-93.American Journal of Political Science, 42:327-48.

Berry, William D., and Richard C. Fording. 1997.  Measuring State Tax Capacity and Effort. Social Science Quarterly, 78:158-66.

Fording, Richard C. 1997.  “The Conditional Effect of Violence as a Political Tactic: Mass Insurgency, Electoral Context and Welfare Generosity in the American States.American Journal of Political Science, 41:1-29. [Lead Article]