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Boomerang: Health Care Reform and the Turn against Government Paperback – April 17, 1997

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Remarkably thorough and perceptive. . . . [A] major contribution. (Alan Brinkley, Columbia University, author of The End of Reform)

Painfully honest and insightful. [Boomerang] forces progressives to ask fundamental questions about their theoretical assumptions. . . . (Stanley B. Greenberg, author of Middle Class Dreams)

A grim yet instructive diagnosis of what ails the American body politic. (Robert Schmuhl - Philadelphia Inquirer)

About the Author

Theda Skocpol is professor of government and sociology at Harvard University and the author of Boomerang: Health Care Reform and the Turn Against Government.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; 2 edition (April 17, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 039331572X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393315721
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #761,346 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Theda Skocpol is the Victor S. Thomas Professor of Government and Sociology at Harvard University, a member of the National Academy of Sciences, and past president of the American Political Science Association.

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Todd Winer on February 6, 2000
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This book promises to explain to the reader why the Clinton health care plan failed. The author does this rather well, pointing out how flaws in Clinton's "selling" of the program along with the disunity of sympathetic interest groups could not match the unity and purpose of Republican opponents. It is important to remember that Ms. Skocpol is a scholar, which can be good and bad. Her work is scholarly so it is well-proven (like a scholar) but also very narrow in scope (also, sadly, like a scholar). If you want an analysis of what went on behind closed doors in the 1993-94 fight or want a real discussion on the merits of health care reform, go elsewhere. But if you want an analysis solely on "why Clinton failed," this book does a very good job.
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0 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 2, 2000
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Theda Skocpol's "Boomerang" is nearly as interesting and sharp as her opinions. It's another winner.
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