Mildred Anne Schwartz

University of Illinois at Chicago and New York University

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Hackensack, NJ

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Ray Tatalovich and I have completed a book-length manuscript on the rise and fall of moral conflicts in Canada and the US. We plan a paper on the relation between public opinion and public policy, drawing on findings from the book. I'm presenting a paper on the organizational failings of US parties and their effect on the 2016 election. I also continue writing on organizational corruption in higher education.

Schwartz, Mildred A. 2016. "From the Ordinary to Corruption in Higher Education." Journal of Management Inquiry
Abstract: Based on the experiences of one large, state-supported university, this essay argues that, in adapting to serious pressures, universities rely on the ordinary structures and processes characteristic of all large organizations. Under specified conditions, these become openings to corruption that, because of their ordinariness, obscure timely recognition of misconduct.
Schwartz, Mildred A. and Raymond Tatalovich. 2018. The Rise and Fall of Moral Conflicts in the United States and Canada. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.
Abstract: The life histories of parallel moral conflicts in Canada and the U.S. are examined to explain when and why those conflicts are resolved. The phases through which moral issues pass reveal the contingent nature of issue life histories, where what occurs at each point in time continues to affect subsequent outcomes. This approach helps remedy a gap in the existing literature, where little attention is paid to how highly-charged policy conflicts may be resolved. Analysis is based on abortion, capital punishment, gun control, marijuana, pornography, and same-sex relations.
Mildred A. Schwartz. 2014. Trouble in the University: How the Education of Health Care Professionals Became Corrupted. Boston and Leiden: Brill Publisheers
Abstract: An analysis of how changes in higher education affecting the health care professions and between universities and the state have created conditions that can give rise to corruption. Explanations for how the connections between changing conditions and organizational structures can lead to illegal and unethical behavior are uncovered through the study of the Universsity of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.
Schwartz, Mildred A. 2012. "Theoretical Perspectives in Election Studies." Pp. 29-41 in Four Decades of Canadian Election Studies, edited by Mebs Kanji, Antoine Bilodeau, and Thomas Scotto. Vancouver: UBS Press.
Abstract: A review of how theoretical ideas have played a role in Canadian election studies, urging greater self-consciousness about how theories shape survey questions and their analysis and suggesting additional sources of useful theories.
Schwartz, Mildred A. 2011. "Continuity and Change in the Organization of Political Parties." Canadian-American Public Policy 78 (Dec.): 1-88.
Abstract: Using data from the recent experiences of political parties in Canada and the United States, I examine the circumstances under which party organizations move away from their customary inertia to embrace changes in the actions they take and in their relations with their environments. Change is difficult and past history remains a constraining force.
Schwartz, Mildred A., and Raymond Tatalovich. 2009. "Cultural and Institutional Factors Affecting Political Contention over Moral Issues." Comparative Sociology 8 (1): 76-104.
Abstract: Abortion and same-sex marriage are moral issues that remain highly contentious in the political life of the United States compared to other countries. This level of contention is explained through comparison with Canada. Contrasts in culture and institutions shaping issues and the political avenues that allow their enactment account for differences in the tenor of politics in the two countries.
DOI: 10.1163/156913308X375559
Schwartz, Mildred A. 2011. "How Political Party Organizations Change." International Journal of Knowledge, Culture, and Change Management 10 (7): 141-158.
Abstract: Organizational theorist tend to ignore political parties because of their apparent irrelevance to organizational analysis, thus missing the opportunity to see how parties can contribute to understanding organizational innovation. Case materials from recent elections in Canada and the United States illuminate the impact of mobilizing resources, providing new cultural meanings, and coordination through agency and structure. The analysis offers a new appreciation of how organizational processes work in political parties. The inclusion of political parties into the repertoire of organizational types also helps to enrich organizational theory by adding new insights into our understanding of the processes and impacts of change.
Schwartz, Mildred A. 2006. Party Movements in the United States and Canada: Strategies of Persistence. Boulder: Rowman and Littlefield.
Abstract: This examination of political parties with social movement-like characteristics that were able to hang on despite defeat seeks to explain the sources of their resilience. This is found in the interplay between the agency of movement actors and the context in which they make choices, tested in comparable sub-national units in the United States and Canada.

Substantive Focus:
Governance PRIMARY
Social Policy
Comparative Public Policy SECONDARY

Theoretical Focus:
Policy History SECONDARY
Agenda-Setting, Adoption, and Implementation PRIMARY
Public Opinion