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Sam Trachtman

University of California, Berkeley
United States
Email sam.trachtman [at] berkeley [period/dot] edu

Sam Trachtman is a Senior Researcher at the Possibility Lab at the Goldman School of Public Policy at UC Berkeley, where he completed his PhD in Political Science in 2021. Sam’s research examines the politics of public policy reform in the U.S., focusing on the political economy of decarbonization. This work has been published in journals including American Political Science Review, Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, Energy Policy, Health Affairs, Journal of Health Politics, Policy, and Law (JHPPL), Perspectives on Politics, and Public Opinion Quarterly. Prior to academia, Sam worked on health policy at the Congressional Budget Office and on energy policy at Southern California Edison.

Sam Trachtman’s Website.

Publications

Trachtman, Samuel. 2022. “State Policy and National Representation: Marijuana Politics in American Federalism.” Legislative Studies Quarterly.

Trachtman, Samuel. 2021. “Policy Feedback and Interdependence in American Federalism: Evidence from Rooftop Solar Politics.” Perspectives on Politics: 1–16.

Lerman, Amy E., and Samuel Trachtman. 2020. “Where Policies and Politics Diverge: Awareness, Assessments, and Attribution in the ACA.” Public Opinion Quarterly 84(2): 419-45.

Trachtman, Samuel. 2020. “What Drives Climate Policy Adoption in the U.S. States?” Energy Policy 138: 111214.

Trachtman, Samuel. 2020. “When State Policy Makes National Politics: The Case of ‘Obamacare’ Marketplace Implementation.” Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law 45(1): 111-41.

Trachtman, Samuel. 2019. “Building Climate Policy in the States.” The ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science 685(1): 96–114.

Trachtman, Samuel. 2019. “Polarization, Participation, and Premiums: How Political Behavior Helps Explain Where the ACA Works, and Where It Doesn’t.” Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law 44(6): 855–84.

Lerman, Amy E., Meredith L. Sadin, and Samuel Trachtman. 2017. “Policy Uptake as Political Behavior: Evidence from the Affordable Care Act.” American Political Science Review 111(4): 755–70.