Transformation of American Politics Activist Government and the Rise of Conservatism
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Description: 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 inThe 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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Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 8/19/2007
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.53" tall
Theda Skocpol is professor of government and sociology at Harvard University and the author of Boomerang: Health Care Reform and the Turn Against Government.
|List of Figures|
|List of Tables|
|List of Contributors|
|American Politics in the Long Run|
|The Shifting Political Landscape|
|The Rise and Reconfiguration of Activist Government|
|Government Activism and the Reorganization of American Civic Democracy|
|Parties, Electoral Participation, and Shifting Voting Blocs|
|Conservatives on the Rise|
|Seizing Power: Conservatives and Congress since the 1970s|
|Economic Insecurity, Party Reputations, and the Republican Ascendance|
|Conservative Mobilization against Entrenched Liberalism|
|Policy and Politics in the New American Polity|
|The Transformed Welfare State and the Redistribution of Political Voice|
|The Policy Effects of Political Polarization|
|Tax Politics and the Struggle over Activist Government|
|Political Development and Contemporary American Politics|