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Right Turn: The Decline of the Democrats and the Future of American Politics Paperback – August 1, 1987
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Joel Rogers, a MacArthur Foundation "genius" prize-winner and identified by Newsweek as one of the 100 living Americans most likely to shape U.S. politics and culture in the twenty-first century, is professor of law, political science, public affairs, and sociology at the University of Wisconsin Madison. The common thread in his academic work is democracy: how to define and measure it, what makes it work, how to make it work better. Rogers spends a lot of time outside the university advising people in politics, government, business, and social movements. He runs the Center on Wisconsin Strategy, which promotes high road (i.e., equitable, sustainable, democratic) economic development and governance, and has produced a stream of influential innovations in worker training; business and labor strategy; and local, state, and national policy.
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The change in the country's political climate, resulted not from a change in public opinion but the defection of a number of business interests that usually supported the Democrats to the Republicans. The elite groups in the Democratic Party prevented Carter, in 1980 and Mondale in 1984 from offering an attractive alternative to the Reagan program. The book mentions the formation of the Democratic Leadership Council, aimed at moving the Democratic Party to the Right. This movement resulted in the nomination of the DLCer Bill Clinton and the Clinton presidency.
This book is still relevant and offers some tips on how the Democrats can defeat the Tea Party/Republicans.
Beginning with a detailed study of public opinion, the authors conclude that throughout the 1970s (the period which oversaw the vast increase in business support for the GOP at the expense of the Democrats) public opinion on the vast majority of political and economic issues of the day either remained stable or moved considerably to the left. While *ideologically* moderately conservative, the U.S. populace continued to be *programmatically* liberal or social democratic; very often increasingly so. Turning then to an examination of the theory of critical realignment (the belief that electoral change occurs through shifts in well-defined social groups such as Catholics, blacks, blue-collar workers, rural Protestants, southern whites, etc.), Ferguson and Rogers find much there to criticize.Read more ›