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Paul Elliot Starr (born May 12, 1949) is a professor of sociology and public affairs at Princeton University. He is also the co-editor (with Robert Kuttner) and co-founder (with Kuttner and Robert Reich) of The American Prospect, a notable liberal magazine created in 1990. In 1994, he founded the Electronic Policy Network, or Moving Ideas, an online public policy resource. In 1993, Starr was the senior advisor for President Bill Clinton's proposed health care reform plan. He is also the president of the Sandra Starr Foundation.
At Princeton University, Starr holds the Stuart Chair in Communications and Public Affairs at the Woodrow Wilson School.
Starr's works have focused on politics, public policy, and social theory. However, within Sociology his work has focused on political sociology, institutional analysis, and how the sociology of knowledge, technology, and information affects democracy, equality, and freedom. Furthermore, he has written books relating to how policies affect health care, with works such as "The Social Transformation of American Medicine", "The Logic of Health Care Reform", and "Remedy and Reaction: The Peculiar American Struggle over Health-Care Reform". In addition to his work on sociology, he has written works on the media, public, and liberalism., with works such as "The Creation of the Media: Political Origins of Modern Communications" and "Freedom's Power".