Charles Noble

Dr. Charles Noble

Charles NobleOffice: SSPA 241

Phone: (562) 985-4704


Professor of Political Science at California State University, Long Beach, specializing in American politics, comparative public policy, and social movements. I received my AB in Government from Cornell University, my MA in Political Science from UCLA, and my Ph.D. in political science from UC Berkeley. 

Select Publications


  • The Collapse of Liberalism: Why America Needs A New Left. Baltimore: Rowman and Littlefield. 2004 (hardback and paperback).
  • Welfare As We Knew It: A Political History of the American Welfare State. New York:      Oxford University Press. 1997 (hardback and paperback).  Named “Outstanding Academic Book” by Choice, 1998.
  • The State and Democracy: Revitalizing America’s Government. New York: Routledge, 1988. edited with Marc V. Levine, Carol MacLennan, and John J. Kushma.
  • Liberalism at Work: The Rise and Fall of OSHA. Philadelphia. Temple University Press. 1986 (1989 pb). Named “Outstanding Academic Book” by Choice, 1987.


  • “Goodbye to All That? The Very Uncertain Future of the American Welfare State,” Logos: A Journal of Modern Culture and Society. 2011. V10, #2.
  • « Obama vs McCain: qu’est-ce qui est en jeu ? » Le Multilatéral. Septembre/Octobre 2008.
  • « Santé : Obama victime de sa propre stratégie. » Libération (France) 18 août, 2009.
  • “From Neoconservative to New Right: American Conservatives and the Welfare State.” Pp, 109-124 In Michael Thompson, ed. Confronting the New Conservatism: The Rise of the Right in America: New York: New York University Press. 2007.
  • “The Never-Ending War on the Welfare State.” Logos: A Journal of Modern Society and Culture.  v. 3, no. 2 (Spring 2004). Reprinted in Stephen Eric Bronner and Michael J. Thompson, eds. The Logos Reader (Lexington, University of Kentucky Press, 2006).
  • “Regulating Work in a Capitalist Society.” pp. 268-283 in Frank Pearce and Laureen Snider, eds. Corporate Crime and the State. Toronto: University of Toronto Press. 1995.
  • “Economic Theory in Practice.” pp. 266‑284 in Frank Fischer and John Forester.  eds. Confronting Values in Policy Analysis: The Politics of Criteria. Beverly Hills, Ca. Sage Publications. 1987.
  • “Wilson’s Choice: The Political Origins of the Modern American State.” Comparative Politics. 17 (April 1985):313‑336.
  • “The Internationalization of Capital and the Limits of the Interventionist State:  Toward an Explanation of Macroeconomic Policy Failure.” Journal of Political and Military Sociology. 1O (Spring 1982):103‑120. with James Hawley.
  • “The Rationalization of Social Regulation.” pp. 73‑92 in Alan Stone and Edward J. Harpham. eds. The Political Economy of Public Policy. Beverly Hills, Ca. Sage Publications. 1982.