The Great Democracy: How to Fix Our Politics, Unrig the Economy, and Unite America
The Great Democracy: How to Fix Our Politics, Unrig the Economy, and Unite America

The Great Democracy: How to Fix Our Politics, Unrig the Economy, and Unite America

by Ganesh Sitaraman

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Overview

A leading progressive intellectual offers an "illuminating" agenda for how real democracy can triumph in America and beyond (Ari Berman, New York Times).

Since the New Deal in the 1930s, there have been two eras in our political history: the liberal era, stretching up to the 1970s, followed by the neoliberal era of privatization and austerity ever since. In each period, the dominant ideology was so strong that it united even partisan opponents. But the neoliberal era is collapsing, and the central question of our time is what comes next.

As acclaimed legal scholar and policy expert Ganesh Sitaraman argues, two political visions now contend for the future. One is nationalist oligarchy, which rigs the system for the rich and powerful while using nationalism to mobilize support. The other is the great democracy, which fights corruption and extends both political and economic power to all people. At this decisive moment in history, The Great Democracy offers a bold, transformative agenda for achieving real democracy.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781541618114
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 12/10/2019
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 153,274
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Ganesh Sitaraman is chancellor's faculty fellow, professor of law, and director of the Program in Law and Government at Vanderbilt Law School. Author of The Crisis of the Middle-Class Constitution, a 2017 New York Times Notable Book, he lives in Nashville, Tennessee.

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Edge of a New Era 1

1 The Origins and Meaning of Neoliberalism 9

2 The Neoliberal Ideology 27

3 The Last Days of Neoliberalism 45

4 After Neoliberalism 59

5 Toward a Great Democracy 83

6 United Democracy 95

7 Economic Democracy 127

8 Political Democracy 175

9 Defending Democracy 189

Conclusion: The Politics of Achieving a Great Democracy 205

Acknowledgments 213

Notes 215

Index 243

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