Cover

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Half Title, Title Page, Copyright, Dedication

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Contents

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pp. vii-vi

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Acknowledgments

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pp. ix-x

This book is the product of five years of research and writing, preparing legislative testimony, briefing lawmakers, and trying to make sense of the flood of corporate-backed legislation that hit the country starting in early 2011. As long-dormant policies like “right-to-work” were suddenly revived and radical new policies gained currency, ..

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Introduction: A Corporate Political Agenda for the Twenty-First Century

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pp. 1-43

In January 2015, Tennessee’s Republican governor, Bill Haslam, unveiled a proposal to expand his state’s Medicaid program to provide health insurance to two hundred thousand low-income residents. At the time, Haslam was at the peak of his power: he had just won reelection with 70 percent of the vote and had been named to head the Republican Governors Association. ...

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1. Wisconsin and Beyond: Dismantling the Government

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pp. 44-77

In January 2011, legislatures across the country took office under a unique set of circumstances. In many states, new majorities rode to power on the energy of the Tea Party “wave” election and the corporate-backed RedMap campaign. Critically, this new territory included a string of states, running across the upper Midwest from Pennsylvania to Wisconsin, ...

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2. Deunionizing the Private Sector

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pp. 78-100

In 2006, Indiana governor Mitch Daniels was the guest of honor at a dinner hosted by the Teamsters union. The year before, on his first day in office, Daniels had issued an executive order abolishing collective bargaining for state employees. Now he had come to reassure the Teamsters that nothing similar was coming their way. “I’m a supporter of the labor laws we have in the state of Indiana,” ...

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3. Remaking the Nonunion Economy

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pp. 101-126

Across the country, the attack on public employee unions has been framed as an effort to help hard-working nonunion taxpayers in the private sector. Wisconsin governor Scott Walker famously justified his elimination of union rights by insisting that “we can no longer live in a society where the public employees are the haves and taxpayers who foot the bills are the have-nots.”1 ...

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4. The Destruction of Public Schooling

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pp. 127-155

In 2014, New Orleans’s Recovery School District became the first all-charter district in the United States. 1 The teachers’ union, which boasted seven thousand members on the eve of Hurricane Katrina, has been completely wiped out: the recovery district is entirely nonunion. Following the hurricane, every one of New Orleans’ teachers was summarily fired. ...

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5. Silencing Labor’s Voice: The Campaign to Remove Unions from Politics

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pp. 156-171

One of the central political puzzles of recent legislative history is why large private corporations devote such substantial efforts to dismantling public employee unions.
Earlier chapters of this book described the labor market effects that make unions a larger concern than their numbers might otherwise suggest: ...

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Conclusion: Populist Pushback and the Shrinking of Democracy

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pp. 172-188

The task of deciphering the legislative agenda of the nation’s largest corporate lobbies poses a daunting challenge. Every year, these organizations promote hundreds of bills, covering all fifty states and a wide range of issues. Furthermore, the cast of characters is constantly in flux; different issues attract shifting coalitions of allies, ...

Notes

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pp. 189-250

Index

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pp. 251-259