How Washington Made the Rich Richer--And Turned Its Back on the Middle Class
Publication Date: April 2011
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In their lively and provocative "Winner-Take-All Politics," renowned political scientists Jacob S. Hacker and Paul Pierson demonstrate that the usual suspects foreign trade and financial globalization, technological changes in the workplace, increased education at the top are largely innocent of the charges against them. Instead, they indict an unlikely suspect and take us on an entertaining tour of the mountain of evidence against the culprit. The guilty party is American politics. Runaway inequality and the present economic crisis reflect what government has done to aid the rich and what it has not done to safeguard the interests of the middle class. The winner-take-all economy is primarily a result of winner-take-all politics.
Part revelatory history, part political analysis, part intellectual journey, "Winner-Take-All Politics" shows how a political system that traditionally has been responsive to the interests of the middle class has been hijacked by the super-rich. In doing so, it not only changes how we think about American politics, but also points the way to rebuilding a democracy that serves the interests of the many rather than just those of the wealthy few.
Paul Pierson is Harold Hitchings Burbank Professor of Political Economy at Harvard University. He is the author of numerous books, including "Dismantling the Welfare State?" which won the Gladys Kammerer Award in 1995 from the American Political Science Association for the best book on American national politics and policy.
John Allen Nelson's critically acclaimed roles on television's "24" and "Vanished" are among the highlights of his twenty-five-plus years as an actor, screenwriter, and film producer. As a narrator, he won an "AudioFile" Earphones Award for his reading of "Zoo Story" by Thomas French.