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Kenneth N. Bickers
Cultures at War is a careful and thought-provoking treatment of the rise of morality issues in the United States and other western democracies. Its thesis is that morality issues increasingly are displacing the bread-and-butter issues that dominated politics in these countries through most of the twentieth century. As a consequence, our theoretical models for understanding politics must adapt in ways that will focus attention on the essential features of morality policies. The authors also conclude that the rise of morality issues has produced a type of politics that is inherently anti-democratic. This is a provocative thesis—one that should be taken seriously by anyone who believes that policy decisions ultimately must be subject to the majoritarian process. This book poses the possibility that these political questions now facing western democracies are the product of historical and social forces as large as industrialization itself and that the end result of the shift towards these issues is a loss of majoritarian empowerment that was the singular achievement of western democracies. Cultures at War is a book that will be read and re-read by students of public policy, politics, and society.