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Inequality and American democracy : what we know and what we need to learn

Author: Lawrence R Jacobs; Theda Skocpol
Publisher: New York : Russell Sage, ©2005.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Contemporary American politics are riven by elite polarization and rising inequality. The 'state of the art' volume on inequality and American democracy succeeds admirably in linking rigorous scholarship to transcendently important questions about political participation and governmental responsiveness. By synthesizing and evaluating previous studies and outlining an agenda for future research, its superb
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Lawrence R Jacobs; Theda Skocpol
ISBN: 087154413X 9780871544131 0871544148 9780871544148
OCLC Number: 58052595
Description: x, 246 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: American democracy in an era of rising inequality / Lawrence R. Jacobs, Theda Skocpol --
Inequalities of political voice / Kay Lehman Schlozman [and others] --
Inequality and American governance / Larry M. Bartels [and others] --
Inequality and public policy / Jacob S. Hacker, Suzanne Mettler, Dianne Pinderhughes --
Studying inequality and American democracy: findings and challenges / Lawrence R. Jacobs, Theda Skocpol.
Responsibility: Lawrence R. Jacobs, Theda Skocpol, editors.

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"Contemporary American politics are riven by elite polarization and rising inequality. The 'state of the art' volume on inequality and American democracy succeeds admirably in linking rigorous scholarship to transcendently important questions about political participation and governmental responsiveness. By synthesizing and evaluating previous studies and outlining an agenda for future research, its superb contributors demonstrate brilliantly how political science, and social science more generally, can once again grapple with fundamental issues of democratic performance." Thomas E. Mann, W. Averell Harriman Chair and senior fellow, The Brookings Institution.

Includes information on African Americans, age, campaign finance, civil rights, socioeconomic class, economic inequality, education, elections, gender, health care policy, housing, income inequality, labor unions, Latinos, participatory inequality, partisan differences, policy feedbacks, political action committees (PACS), political representation, political voice, public opinion, public policy, race/ethnicity, racial equality, redistributive policies and politics, responsiveness of government, social movements, social policy, Social Security, socioeconomic status, tax policy, voluntary associations, voting, Voting Rights Act of 1965, women, etc.

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