The Rhythms of American Politics

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The Rhythms of American Politics is the first book to systematically explore the relationships between long macroeconomic movements in the United States and the cyclical nature of American politics. The book begins with an overview of the cycles of history, along with an examination of the rhythms of American politics. It then moves into technological change and the effects it has on the actions of the political and electoral populations. The authors also explore the common devisiveness in the long-wave trough and progressivism in the upswing of the economy. Finally, they depict the overall synthesized actions of the macroeconomy and political activity, and conclude with an assessment of the past in an effort to discover details of the future rhythms of the economy related to politics.

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Editorial Reviews

Proposes that for the past 200 years, alternations of conservatism, liberalism, competitive politics, and progressivism in the US have moved in lockstep with the long-wave economic rhythms that are driven by bursts of new technology every 50-60 years and bring quarter- century-long alternations of deflationary downwaves and inflationary upwaves that are separated by turning points occurring in inflationary spirals and deflationary troughs. Argues that those patterns provide more insight into what lies ahead both politically and economically than does the investor jubilation of the past six years. The treatment is historical rather than mathematical. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761811534
  • Publisher: University Press of America
  • Publication date: 6/18/1998
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 5.74 (w) x 8.76 (h) x 0.57 (d)

Meet the Author

Brian J.L. Berry is Editor-in-Chief of Urban Geography and is Professor of Political Economy at University of Texas at Dallas. Euel Elliot is Director of the Master of Public Affairs Program and Associate Professor of Government, Politics and Political Economy at the University of Texas at Dallas. Edward J. Harpham is Associate Proffessor of Government, and Political Economy at the University of Texas at Dallas. Heja Kim is a postdoctoral fellow in political economy at the University of Texas at Dallas.

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Table of Contents

chapter 1 List of Figures, Boxes and tables, Introduction, Technological Change and Rising Inequality: The Keys to Downwave Politics, Divisiveness in the Long-Wave Trough, Progressivism on the Upswing, Macroeconomy and Polity Revisited, The Rhythms in Action: From

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