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Squandering of America How the Failure of Our Politics Undermines Our Prosperity

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ISBN-10: 1400040809

ISBN-13: 9781400040803

Edition: 2007

Authors: Robert Kuttner

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The incomes of most Americans today are static or declining. Tens of millions of workers are newly vulnerable to layoffs and outsourcing. Health care and retirement burdens are increasingly being shifted from employers to individuals. Two-income families find they are working longer hours for lower wages, with decreased social support. As wealth has become more concentrated, the economy has become more recklessly speculative, jeopardizing not only the prospects of ordinary Americans, but the solvency of the entire system. What links these trends, writes Robert Kuttner in this provocative, engaging, and necessary book, is the consolidation of political and economic power by a narrow elite,…    
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Book details

List price: $26.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/6/2007
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 352
Size: 6.75" wide x 9.50" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.540
Language: English

Robert Kuttner is theNew York Timesbestselling author of,Obama's Challenge: America's Economic Crisis and the Power of a Transformative Presidency, is cofounder and coeditor ofThe American Prospectmagazine, as well as a Distinguished Senior Fellow of the think tank Demos. He was a longtime columnist forBusinessWeek, and continues to write columns in theBoston Globe.His previous and widely praised books includeThe Squandering of America: How the Failure of Our Politics Undermines Our Prosperity; Everything for Sale: The Virtues and Limits of Markets(about which Robert Heilbroner wrote, "I have never seen the market system better described, more intelligently appreciated, or more trenchantly…    

Introduction: Failures of Politics
A Hidden Depression
The Assault on the Good Society
Wall Street Rules
Financial Engineering and Systemic Risks
The Casino Continues
Budget Anxiety and Rubinomics
Equality, Efficiency, and Globalism
Trade and the National Interest
The Return of Speculative Global Finance
The Squandering of Democracy
Epilogue: Redeeming America