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Polarized America: The Dance of Ideology and Unequal Riches (Walras-Pareto Lectures) Paperback – January 25, 2008
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A breath of fresh air.... A book that will guide and inform the study of polarization for years to come.(Jeffrey A. Jenkins Chicago Tribune)
Important.... Essential reading for anyone who wants to understand what's happening to America.(Paul Krugman New York Times)
The topic of polarizationits causes and consequenceshas risen to the front of the study of American politics. Nolan McCarty and his coauthors have written the gold standard against which others will be judged. Their analysis of the consequences of polarization has caused me to rethink my belief that there are no real policy consequences to the elite polarization of American politics.(David W. Brady, Bowen H. and Janice Arthur McCoy Professor of Political Science and Leadership Values, Stanford University)
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Keith T. Poole is Philip H. Alston Distinguished Professor of the Department of Political Science at the University of Georgia and Professor Emeritus at the University of California, Berkeley.
Howard Rosenthal is Professor of Politics at New York University and Roger Williams Straus Professor Emeritus at Princeton University.
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Excellent graphics and tables, which the reader should avoid the temptation to skip, illustrate the chapters.
A one-sentence summary of their thesis is that America is politically stuck and is likely to remain so until tectonic social events move the parties from the political edges back to the middle, the position from which American political institutions work best.