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Author Brewer, Mark D.

Title Polarization and the politics of personal responsibility / Mark D. Brewer and Jeffrey M. Stonecash
Published New York, NY : Oxford University Press, [2015]
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Contents Cover; Polarization and the Politics of Personal Responsibility; Copyright; Contents; Epigraph; Dedication; Preface; PART ONE: The Sources of Conflict in American Politics; Chapter 1: Political Conflict in America: Over What?; Liberal and Conservative Views of Individuals and Society; Sincerity or Rationalization?; Views of Society and Differing Preoccupations; Enduring Differences, Just Rearranged?; Ideas and Elections; An Example: The Health Care Debate; The Argument; PART TWO: The Evolution of Liberal Thought; Chapter 2: America's Commitment to Individualism
Chapter 8: Tradition, Religion, and Rejection of Moral RelativismConservative Consolidation and Reaction to Liberals; PART FOUR: Politics, Policy, and the Personal Responsibility Debate; Chapter 9: Focusing the Debate: Growing Partisan Differences; The Clash Over the Safety Net; Summary; Chapter 10: Policy Battles Over Responsibility; Taxes: Revenues and Rewards; Welfare; Abortion; The Bankruptcy Law of 2005; Chapter 11: What Is and What Should Be; Appendix: ANES Questions About Jobs and Health Insurance; Questions About Jobs: 1956-1968; Questions About Jobs: 1972-2008; Health Care; Notes
Democracy and the Value of IndividualsAchievement and Inequality in the 1800s; Chapter 3: Social Conditions and a Role for Government; Industrialization, Wage Earning, and Conflict; Regulating Society and Behavior; Managing the Conditions of Society; Social Science and the Sources of Human Variation; Redefining Liberalism; Chapter 4: Expanding the Concept of Societal Effects; The Economy and What Creates Unemployment; Race, Class, and the Causes of Poverty; Chapter 5: Inequality and Social Justice; Societal Effects and the Role of Government
PrefaceChapter 1; Chapter 2; Chapter 3; Chapter 4; Chapter 5; Chapter 6; Chapter 7; Chapter 8; Chapter 9; Chapter 10; Chapter 11; Bibliography; Index
The Sources of Inequality and Injustice: Group DiscriminationThe Emergence of the Cultural Wars and Issues of Responsible Behavior; Social Citizenship, Rights, and Entitlement; Evolving Arguments, Program Expansion, Coalition Shifts, and Tax Cuts; Shifting the Debate: Tax Revenue and the Fairness Issue; Summary; PART THREE: The Conservative Response; Chapter 6: Limited Government, Fiscal Restraint, and Free Markets; Origins of a Rejuvenated Conservatism; Summary; Chapter 7: The Threats of Communism, Socialism, and Redistribution
Summary America is divided by two clashing views about individual responsibility. Liberals see many people as not completely responsible for the situation they are in, their opportunities limited by their class, race, and sex. Distribution of outcomes is therefore seen as unjust, and the government has to help offset the limits people face. In contrast, conservatives believe individuals can and must live their lives with a presumption of personal responsibility for what happens. Government assistance is not seen as valuable, but as creating dependency and ultimately crippling to those who receive it
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Divided government -- United States.
Polarization (Social sciences) -- United States.
Political parties -- United States.
Political planning -- United States.
Right and left (Political science) -- United States.
United States -- Politics and government.
United States -- Social conditions.
United States -- Social policy.
Form Electronic book
Author Stonecash, Jeffrey M.
ISBN 0190239832 (electronic bk)
9780190239831 (electronic bk)