Steering Committee of the Union for Radical Political Economics (URPE) is
pleased to announce that the 2018 URPE Dissertation Fellow is Samantha E.
Sterba, Ph.D. candidate, Department of Economics, University of Massachusetts
Amherst. Ms. Sterba is awarded this
Fellowship and $5,000 (USD) in support of her dissertation “Neoliberal
Capitalism and the Evolution of the U.S. Healthcare Sector.” Her dissertation is being supervised by Dr.
David M. Kotz (Committee Chair, University of Massachusetts Amherst) and Dr.
Peter Spiegler (University of Massachusetts Amherst).
dissertation uses social structure of accumulation (SSA) theory to analyze the
ways in which neoliberal restructuring of US capitalism has affected the
evolution of key parts of the US health care system, including the
pharmaceutical industry, the health insurance industry, hospitals, and medical
care provider institutions. The dissertation also undertakes case studies of three
reform efforts: the passage of Medicare/Medicaid in 1965, the failed Clinton
Health Security Act of 1993-94, and the passage of the Affordable Care Act
(Obamacare) in 2010. Ms. Sterba’s dissertation systematically connects
developments in U.S. health care to the evolution of the institutional structures
of U.S. capitalism, and promises to contribute significantly to our
understanding of the political economy of health care.
The URPE Steering
Committee is pleased to award the 2018 URPE Dissertation Fellowship to Samantha
E. Sterba. We also continue to be encouraged
by the significant response the fellowship receives from doctoral
students. We received many excellent
dissertation proposals and regret that we lack the resources to support
additional students. We are committed to
our fundraising efforts in order to increase our support for doctoral students
working in radical political economics.
There is significant unmet need, and we ask that members and supporters
of URPE assist us in meeting this need through donations, which can be directed
specifically to support the dissertation fellowship initiative.