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Polarized America: The Dance of Ideology and Unequal Riches (Walras-Pareto Lectures) Hardcover – June 16, 2006
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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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Howard Rosenthal is Professor of Politics at New York University and Visiting Scholar at the Russell Sage Foundation.
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1. The Choreography of American Politics
2. Polarized Politicians
3. Income Polarization and the Electorate
4. Immigration, Income, and the Voter's Incentive to Redistribute
5. Campaign Finance and Polarization
6. Polarization and Public Policy
7. Where Have you Gone, Mr. Sam [Rayburn]
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.