Boomerang: Health Care Reform and the Turn against Government

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How did the debate on health reform turn into the most concerted attack on government in recent American history?
In this incisive account, a prize-winning social scientist offers deep insights into the changing terrain of U.S. politics and public policy. Because of far-reaching changes in the Reagan era, Theda Skocpol shows, the Clinton Health Security bill became a perfect foil for antigovernment mobilization. Thus its defeat provides a ...

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Overview

How did the debate on health reform turn into the most concerted attack on government in recent American history?
In this incisive account, a prize-winning social scientist offers deep insights into the changing terrain of U.S. politics and public policy. Because of far-reaching changes in the Reagan era, Theda Skocpol shows, the Clinton Health Security bill became a perfect foil for antigovernment mobilization. Thus its defeat provides a unique window into the new political landscape.

"...a critical examination of the rise and demise of the Clinton Health Security Bill, arguing that its failure prompted antigovernment sentiment and has changed the political landscape dramatically."

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Richard E. Neustadt
“As readable as it is insightful, Boomerang sketches the sources economic, institutional, political of President Clinton's dire defeat on health care reform in 1994, a pivotal precursor of that year's congressional elections. . . . A compelling story. . . . Required reading for president-watchers and policy designers alike, indeed for anyone concerned about American institutions.”
Alan Brinkley
“Remarkably thorough and perceptive. . . . [A] major contribution.”
Stanley B. Greenberg
“Painfully honest and insightful. [Boomerang] forces progressives to ask fundamental questions about their theoretical assumptions. . . .”
Robert Schmuhl - Philadelphia Inquirer
“A grim yet instructive diagnosis of what ails the American body politic.”
Booknews
Skocpol (government and sociology, Harvard U.) explores the changing currents of domestic U.S. politics through the prism of the defeat of President Clinton's comprehensive health care plan. She argues that the defeat reflected the success of Reaganite conservative tactics which switched from direct attacks on social programs to a fiscal starvation in the name of lower taxes. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393315721
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/28/1997
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 846,966
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet 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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