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Author Schoen, Douglas E., 1953-

Title Hopelessly divided : the new crisis in American politics and what it means for 2012 and beyond / Douglas E. Schoen
Published Lanham, Md. : Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, [2012]
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Description 1 online resource (vi, 287 pages) : illustrations
Contents Introduction -- America on the brink -- The mainstream/political class divide -- The divide: a data portrait -- The great divide and the populist upsurge -- Left populism: principles and resurgence -- Hopes dashed: Obama and the left -- Right-wing populism: principles and resurgence -- George W. Bush and the right-wing implosion -- Independent voters: angry, volatile, and growing -- The power of money -- The K Street effect: how lobbyists have saturated public policy -- Redistricting, race, and the political class -- Conclusion: reform or fail
Summary Just in time for the 2012 election, Douglas E. Schoen, one of America's preeminent political pundits, analyzes the growing chasm between the political class-politicians, lobbyists, fundraisers, consultants-and the American Mainstream, frustrated with government's inability to address the major issues affecting their lives. This gap has given rise to populist movements on the right and the left and driven our two-party system to the brink of possible collapse-in ways that have never been fully discussed or articulated
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Divided government -- United States -- History -- 21st century.
Political parties -- United States -- History -- 21st century.
Populism -- United States -- History -- 21st century.
Right and left (Political science) -- United States -- History -- 21st century.
Two-party systems -- United States.
United States -- Politics and government -- 2001-2009.
United States -- Politics and government -- 2009-2017.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1280658096
1442215259 (electronic bk.)
9781442215252 (electronic bk.)