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|Additional Physical Format:||Print version:
The unsustainable American state.
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2009
|Material Type:||Document, Internet resource|
|Document Type:||Internet Resource, Computer File|
|All Authors / Contributors:||
Lawrence R Jacobs; Desmond S King
|Description:||1 online resource (xiii, 345 p.) : ill.|
|Contents:||The political crisis of the American state: the unsustainable state in a time of unraveling / Lawrence R. Jacobs, Desmond King --
Is inequality a threat to democracy? / John Ferejohn --
The resilient power of the states across the long nineteenth century: an inquiry into a pattern of American governance / Gary Gerstle --
The first new federalism and the development of the modern American state: patchwork, reconstitution, or transition? / Kimberley S. Johnson --
The missing state in postwar American political thought / Desmond King, Marc Stears --
No class war: economic inequality and the American public / Benjamin I. Page, Lawrence R. Jacobs --
Economic inequality and political representation / Larry M. Bartels --
Promoting inequality: the politics of higher education policy in an era of conservative governance / Suzanne Mettler --
Moving feminist activists inside the American state: the rise of a state-movement intersection and its effects on state policy / Lee Ann Banaszak --
From Kanye West to Barack Obama: Black youth, the state, and political alienation / Cathy J. Cohen --
American state building: the theoretical challenge / Desmond King, Robert C. Lieberman --
A historian's reflection on the unsustainable American state / Lizabeth Cohen --
Taking stock / Stephen Skowronek.
|Responsibility:||edited by Lawrence Jacobs and Desmond King.|
The complexity of the American economy and polity has grown at an explosive rate in our era of globalization. Yet as the 2008 financial crisis revealed, the evolution of the American state has not proceeded apace. The crisis exposed the system's manifold political and economic dysfunctionalities. Featuring a cast of leading scholars working at the intersection of political science and American history, The Unsustainable American State is a historically informed account of the American state's development from the nineteenth century to the present. It focuses in particular on the state-produced inequalities and administrative incoherence that became so apparent in the post-1970s era. Collectively, the book offers an unsettling account of the growth of racial and economic inequality, the ossification of the state, the gradual erosion of democracy, and the problems deriving from imperial overreach. Utilizing the framework of sustainability, a concept that is currently informing some of the best work on governance and development, the contributors show how the USA's current trajectory does not imply an impending collapse, but rather a gradual erosion of capacity and legitimacy. That is a more appropriate theoretical framework, they contend, because for all of its manifest flaws, the American state is durable. That durability, however, does not preclude a long relative decline.
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