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The contemporary American political landscape has been marked by two paradoxical transformations: the emergence after 1960 of an increasingly activist state, and the rise of an assertive and politically powerful conservatism that strongly opposes activist government. Leading young scholars take up these issues in The Transformation of American Politics. Arguing that even conservative administrations have become more deeply involved in managing our economy and social choices, they examine why our political system nevertheless has grown divided as never before over the extent to which government should involve itself in our lives.

The contributors show how these two closely linked trends have influenced the reform and running of political institutions, patterns of civic engagement, and capacities for partisan mobilization--and fueled ever-heightening conflicts over the contours and reach of public policy. These transformations not only redefined who participates in American politics and how they do so, but altered the substance of political conflicts and the capacities of rival interests to succeed. Representing both an important analysis of American politics and an innovative contribution to the study of long-term political change, this pioneering volume reveals how partisan discourse and the relationship between citizens and their government have been redrawn and complicated by increased government programs.

The contributors are Andrea Louise Campbell, Jacob S. Hacker, Nolan McCarty, Suzanne Mettler, Paul Pierson, Theda Skocpol, Mark A. Smith, Steven M. Teles, and Julian E. Zelizer.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Title page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Figures
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Table
  2. p. ix
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-2
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  1. 1. American Politics in the Long Run
  2. Paul Pierson, Theda Skocpol
  3. pp. 3-16
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  1. Part One: The Shifting Political Landscape
  2. pp. 17-18
  1. 2. The Rise and Reconfiguration of Activist Government
  2. Paul Pierson
  3. pp. 19-38
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  1. 3. Government Activism and the Reorganization of American Civic Democracy
  2. Theda Skocpol
  3. pp. 39-67
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  1. 4. Parties, Electoral Participation, and Shifting Voting Blocs
  2. Andrea Louise Campbell
  3. pp. 68-102
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  1. Part Two: Conservatives on the Rise
  2. pp. 103-104
  1. 5. Seizing Power: Conservatives and Congress Since the 1970s
  2. Julian E. Zelizer
  3. pp. 105-134
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  1. 6. Economic Insecurity, Party Reputations, and the Republican Ascendance
  2. Mark A. Smith
  3. pp. 135-159
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  1. 7. Conservative Mobilization against Entrenched Liberalism
  2. Steven M. Teles
  3. pp. 160-188
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  1. Part Three: Policy and Politics in the New American Polity
  2. pp. 189-190
  1. 8. The Transformed Welfare State and the Redistribution of Political Voice
  2. Suzanne Mettler
  3. pp. 191-222
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  1. 9. The Policy Effects of Political Polarization
  2. Nolan Mccarty
  3. pp. 223-255
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  1. 10. Tax Politics and the Struggle over Activist Government
  2. Jacob S. Hacker, Paul Pierson
  3. pp. 256-280
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  1. Conclusion
  2. pp. 281-282
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  1. 11. Political Development and Contemporary American Politics
  2. Paul Pierson, Theda Skocpol
  3. pp. 283-294
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  1. References
  2. pp. 295-320
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 321-327
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781400837502
Related ISBN
9780691122588
MARC Record
OCLC
733057099
Pages
328
Launched on MUSE
2016-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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