Off Center: The Republican Revolution and the Erosion of American Democracy; With a new Afterword by Jacob S. Hacker, Paul Pierson | | 9780300119756 | Paperback | Barnes & Noble
Off Center: The Republican Revolution and the Erosion of American Democracy; With a new Afterword

Off Center: The Republican Revolution and the Erosion of American Democracy; With a new Afterword

by Jacob S. Hacker, Paul Pierson
     
 

ISBN-10: 0300119755

ISBN-13: 9780300119756

Pub. Date: 09/18/2006

Publisher: Yale University Press

The Republicans who run American government today have defied the normal laws of political gravity. They have ruled with the slimmest of majorities and yet have transformed the nation’s governing priorities. They have strayed dramatically from the moderate middle of public opinion and yet have faced little public backlash. Again and again, they have sided

Overview

The Republicans who run American government today have defied the normal laws of political gravity. They have ruled with the slimmest of majorities and yet have transformed the nation’s governing priorities. They have strayed dramatically from the moderate middle of public opinion and yet have faced little public backlash. Again and again, they have sided with the affluent and ideologically extreme while paying little heed to the broad majority of Americans. And much more often than not, they have come out on top. This book shows why—and why this troubling state of affairs can and must be changed.

Written in a highly accessible style by two professional political scientists, Off Center tells the story of a deliberative process restricted and distorted by party chieftains, of unresponsive power brokers subverting the popular will, and of legislation written by and for powerful interests and deliberately designed to mute popular discontent. In the best tradition of engaged social science, Off Center is a powerful and informed critique that points the way toward a stronger foundation for American democracy.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300119756
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
09/18/2006
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.13(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Contents

Introduction....................1
Part I: Abandoning the Middle 1 Off Center....................25
2 Partying with the "People's Money"....................45
3 New Rules for Radicals....................69
Part II: Broken Checks and Balances 4 The Race to the Base....................109
5 The Republican Machine....................135
6 The Center Does Not Hold....................163
Conclusion: Meeting the Challenge....................185
Notes....................225
Acknowledgments....................247
Index....................251

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