Book Chapters

Edwin Amenta and Amber Celina Tierney, "Political Institutional Explanations of U.S. Social Policy." Chapter 8 in The Oxford Companion to U.S. Social Policy, eds. Daniel Beland, Christopher Howard, and Kimberly J. Morgan. New York: Oxford, 2013, forthcoming.

Edwin Amenta and Natasha Miric, "Sports Fandom." Chapter 21 in The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Sport, eds. David L. Andrews and Ben Carrington. Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell, 2012, forthcoming.

Edwin Amenta, Kate Nash, and Alan Scott, "Introduction" in The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Political Sociology, eds. Edwin Amenta, Kate Nash, and Alan Scott. Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell, 2012.

Edwin Amenta, "Historical Institutionalism." Chapter 6 in The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Political Sociology, eds. Edwin Amenta, Kate Nash, and Alan Scott. Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell, 2012.

Edwin Amenta and Drew Halfmann, "Opportunity Knocks: The Trouble with Political Opportunity and What You Can Do about It." Chapter 9 in Jeff Goodwin and James M. Jasper, eds. Contention in Context: Political Opportunities and the Emergence of Protest. Palo Alto, CA: Stanford University Press, 2012.

Edwin Amenta and Neal Caren, "Political Consequences of Social Movements." The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Social and Political Movements, eds. David A. Snow, Donatella della Porta, Bert Klandermans, and Doug McAdam. Malden, MA: Blackwell, 2012.

Edwin Amenta, "Political Mediation Models." The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Social and Political Movements, eds. David A. Snow, Donatella della Porta, Bert Klandermans, and Doug McAdam. Malden, MA: Blackwell, 2012.

Edwin Amenta and Kelly M. Ramsey, "Institutional Theory." Chapter 2 in The Handbook of Politics: State and Civil Society in Global Perspective, eds. Kevin T. Leicht and J. Craig Jenkins. New York: Springer, 2010.

Edwin Amenta, "Making the Most of An Historical Case Study: Configuration, Sequencing, and Casing and the U.S. Old-Age Pension Movement." Chapter 20 in The SAGE Handbook of Case-Based Methods, eds. David Byrne and Charles C. Ragin. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage, 2009.


“The Political Consequences of Social Movements.” In The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology, ed. George Ritzer. Malden, MA: Blackwell, 2006.

 “Political Contexts, Strategies, and Challenger Mobilization: The Impact of the Townsend Plan.” Chapter 2 in Routing the Opposition: Social Movements, Public Policy, and Democracy, edited by Helen Ingram, Valerie Jenness, and David S. Meyer. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2005.


“State-Centered and Political Institutional Theories in Political Sociology: Retrospect and Prospect.” Chapter 4 in The Handbook of Political Sociology, eds. Robert Alford, Alexander Hicks, Thomas Janoski, and Mildred A. Schwartz. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2005.

“The Legislative, Organizational, and Beneficiary Consequences of State-Oriented Challengers.” Chapter 20 in The Blackwell Companion to Social Movements, edited by David A. Snow, Sarah A. Soule, and Hanspeter Kriesi. Malden, MA: Blackwell, 2004.


“What We Know about the Development of Social Policy: Comparative and Historical Research in Comparative and Historical Perspective.” Chapter 3 in Comparative and Historical Analysis, eds. Dietrich Rueschemeyer and James Mahoney. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2003.

“Second that Emotion? Lessons from Once-Novel Concepts in Social Movements.” “Conclusion” to Passionate Politics: Emotions and Social Movements, eds. Jeff Goodwin, James M. Jasper, Francesca Polletta. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2001.

“Making an Impact: The Conceptual and Methodological Implications of the Collective Benefits Criterion.” Chapter 2 in How Movements Matter: Theoretical and Comparative Studies on the Consequences of Social Movements, eds., Marco Giugni, Doug McAdam, and Charles Tilly. Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota Press, 1999.

“Taking Exception: Explaining the Distinctiveness of American Public Policies in the Last Century.” Chapter 8 in The Comparative History of Public Policy, ed. Francis G. Castles. New York: Oxford University Press, 1989.


“Redefining the New Deal: World War II and Public Social Provision in the United States.” Chapter 2 in The Politics of Social Policy in the United States, eds. Margaret Weir, Ann Shola Orloff, and Theda Skocpol. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1988. (Reprinted in Social Policies in the United States: Future Possibilities in Historical Perspective, ed. Theda Skocpol. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1994.)