Life of the Party: Democratic Prospects in 1988 and Beyond

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In order to recover the dominant political role in 1988, Democrats must return to their roots as champions of ordinary citizens and renew their historical commitment to a populist economy and social justice, contends Kuttner, Business Week and Boston Globe columnist, and author of Revolt of the Haves. A positive Democratic resurgence to defeat laissez-faire interest-group liberalism, he argues, requires rebuilding an inclusive base among working and middle classes united by common core values and goals to be achieved through affirmative government. The author discusses campaign financing and reform efforts, the decline in voter participation, partisanship and party machinery, along with the rise of citizen action groups, strategic polling, electoral targeting and other campaign technology. The Democratic party, he suggests, must recapture the New Deal sense of social contract between members of an egalitarian community extending to the workplace and offer public programs to provide security and opportunity. Economic and social goals, he maintains, should be on a par with defense needs and integrated with global economic relations. Author tour. (November 16)
Library Journal
Kuttner ( The Economic Illusion , LJ 1/85) argues that the Democrats will regain majority status only by building a coalition of wage earners and salaried people ``whose political and economic interests are not identical to those of the wealthy.'' Calling centrist politics self-defeating, Kuttner offers an alternative to Democrats who urge that the party abandon its ``historical commitment to political and economic populism.'' He sketches a new, broadly based, progressive-populist coalition. A major re-examination of the Democratic Party and blueprint for its future; recommended for students and observers of contemporary politics. John R. Sillito, Weber St. Coll. Lib., Ogden, Utah
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780670815647
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/28/1987
  • Pages: 265
  • Product dimensions: 1.00 (w) x 1.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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