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The Transformation of American Politics Activist Government and the Rise of Conservatism
Skocpol, Theda.
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Princeton : Princeton University Press, c2007. (Baltimore, Md. : Project MUSE, 2015)
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1 online resource (xiii, 324 p. :) ill. ;
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American politics in the long run / The rise and reconfiguration of activist government / Government activism and the reorganization of American civic democracy / Parties, electoral participation, and shifting voting blocs / Seizing power : conservatives and Congress since the 1970s / Economic insecurity, party reputations, and the Republican ascendance / Conservative mobilization against entrenched liberalism / 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
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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.

Table of Contents

Paul Pierson and Theda SkocpolPaul PiersonTheda SkocpolAndrea Louise CampbellJulian E. ZelizerMark A. SmithSteven M. TelesSuzanne MettlerNolan McCartyJacob S. Hacker and Paul PiersonPaul Pierson and Theda Skocpol
List of Figuresp. vii
List of Tablesp. ix
List of Contributorsp. xi
Introductionp. 1
Chapter 1 American Politics in the Long Runp. 3
Part 1 The Shifting Political Landscapep. 17
Chapter 2 The Rise and Reconfiguration of Activist Governmentp. 19
Chapter 3 Government Activism and the Reorganization of American Civic Democracyp. 39
Chapter 4 Parties, Electoral Participation, and Shifting Voting Blocsp. 68
Part 2 Conservatives on the Risep. 103
Chapter 5 Seizing Power: Conservatives and Congress since the 1970sp. 105
Chapter 6 Economic Insecurity, Party Reputations, and the Republican Ascendancep. 135
Chapter 7 Conservative Mobilization against Entrenched Liberalismp. 160
Part 3 Policy and Politics in the New American Polityp. 189
Chapter 8 The Transformed Welfare State and the Redistribution of Political Voicep. 191
Chapter 9 The Policy Effects of Political Polarizationp. 223
Chapter 10 Tax Politics and the Struggle over Activist Governmentp. 256
Conclusionp. 281
Chapter 11 Political Development and Contemporary American Politicsp. 283
Referencesp. 295
Indexp. 321