Raymond Tatalovich

Loyola University Chicago
Political Science

1000 Lake Avenue East
Wilmette, IL

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My interest in social policy extends to "moral" conflicts or what is commonly known as "morality policies" that engage non-economic values rather than economic self interests. I have written extensively on abortion and the official (English) language movement but also on Prohibition and gay rights. I also have published research on economic policy (with a presidential focus) in the United States and in Canada (with a focus on budgeting).

Raymond Tatalovich, "The Life Cycle of Moral Conflicts: Why Some Die, But Others Persist." Journal of Policy History 29 (4): 676-701.
Abstract: Case studies of two moral conflicts that have ended (Prohibition and school prayer) and two that persist on the political agenda (abortion and gun control) lead to hypotheses about what conditions are essential in order to resolve volatile moral conflicts.
Mildred A. Schwartz and Raymond Tatalovich, The Rise and Fall of Moral Conflicts in the United States and Canada (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2018), FORTHCOMING
Abstract: Parallel case studies of Prohibition, abortion, capital punishment, gun control, marijuana, pornography, and same-sex relations in the US and Canada. Eighteen hypotheses are derived from the life history of Prohibition and applied to the six contemporary moral conflicts in each country.
"Economic Stagnation in the Obama Presidency," in Steven E. Schier, ed., Debating the Obama Presidendy (New York: Rowman & Littlefield, 2016), pp. 251-274.
Abstract: Evaluates the Obama tenure based on standard macro-economic indicators and ranks his terms relative to all presidents beginning with Harry Truman.
"The Life Cycle of Moral Conflicts: Why Some Die, But Others Persist" Journal of Policy History 29/4 (Autumn 2017), FORTHCOMING
Abstract: Case studies of moral conflicts that were resolved (school prayer and Prohibition) and were not resolved (gun control and abortion) argue that resolution depends upon an authoritative legal enactment coupled with political opportunity structure being blocked from usage by counter-movements opposed to the policy status quo.
"Public Opinion and Democratic Party Ownership of Prosperity: The Political Legacy of the Great Depression, 1955-2013" (with D. Ponder, C. Simon, and D. Wendell), American Politics Research 43/6 (November 2015): 1107-1128.
Abstract: Statistical analysis shows that Democrats were preferred party of prosperity before the 1980s but Reagan began an era when Republicans were more often chosen as best for prosperity by public opinion.
"Revisiting Post-Confederatin Fiscal Policy: Liberal Dissent from Conservative Deficits," Journal of Canadian Studies 47/2 (Spring 2013): 180-214.
Abstract: Make an important advance on our understanding of post-Confederation (post-1867) budgetary policy in Canada, by disputing the conventional belief that there was bipartisan support for the massive indebtedness for building the Canadian Pacific Railroad. This archival research from 1867 to 1903 shows persuasively that the Liberal Party was opposed to the Conservative agenda of massive public indebtedness for construction of infrastructure.
"Party, Ideology, and Deficits: Provincial Fiscal Policy and the Cameron Thesis, 1966-2009" (with Christopher A. Simon), Canadian Journal of Political Science 47/1 (March 2014): 93-112.
Abstract: Contrary to the Cameron thesis, multivariate analysis shows that rightist parties are better fiscal stewards than leftist parties.
Raymond Tatalovich and Byron W. Daynes, eds. Moral Controversies in American Politics, 4th edition. Armonk, NY: M.E. Sharpe Publishers.
Abstract: Includes case studies of abortion, death penalty, gay rights, hate crimes, God and country, gun control, global warming, and animal rights.

Substantive Focus:
Economic Policy SECONDARY
Social Policy PRIMARY
Comparative Public Policy

Theoretical Focus:
Policy History
Policy Process Theory SECONDARY
Agenda-Setting, Adoption, and Implementation PRIMARY