Joe White came to CWRU as Luxenberg Family Professor of Public Policy and Director of the Center for Policy Studies in July, 2000. He succeeded founding Director Kenneth Grundy, now the Marcus A. Hanna Professor Emeritus of Political Science.
Dr. White received his A.B. from the University of Chicago and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley. While working on his doctorate at Berkeley, he also coauthored The Deficit and the Public Interest: The Search for Responsible Budgeting in the 1980s, (University of California Press and The Russell Sage Foundation, 1989 & 1991) with Aaron Wildavsky. He did his research for the book and his dissertation at The Brookings Institution, where he then became first a Research Associate and then Senior Fellow.
At Brookings Dr. White published numerous articles and book chapters on federal budget and appropriations processes, as well as testifying to Congress on budget process reform. He also began working on health care reform issues, writing Competing Solutions: American Health Care Proposals and International Experience (Brookings 1995). Dr. White then combined both health care and budget analysis with a focus on programs for the elderly, studying the supposed “entitlement crisis.” In 1998 he became Associate Professor of Health Systems Management in the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine at Tulane University, and in his two years at Tulane published a series of articles on health care cost control, “managed care,” and budgeting for entitlements, while completing his next book, False Alarm: Why the Greatest Threat to Social Security and Medicare is the Campaign to “Save” Them (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2001).
Since joining the CWRU political science department, Professor White has continued to do research on health care policy, the “aging society,” and budgeting; publishing on topics including lobbying the congressional appropriations process, budget process failures during the Bush administration, government capacity to make health policy, the dynamics and consequences of medical care markets in the United States, how private health insurance works in other countries, and especially health care cost control. During the 2009-10 health care reform debate, he published articles either singly or with colleagues in The Annals of Internal Medicine, Health Affairs, Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law, and New England Journal of Medicine. He also did online analyses or blog posts for Health Affairs, the Health Care Cost Monitor, Roll Call, and the Campaign for America’s Future.