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Polarization and the Politics of Personal Responsibility$
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Mark D. Brewer and Jeffrey M. Stonecash

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780190239817

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190239817.001.0001

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Political Conflict in America

Political Conflict in America

Over What?

(p.2) (p.3) 1 Political Conflict in America
Polarization and the Politics of Personal Responsibility

Mark D. Brewer

Jeffrey M. Stonecash

Oxford University Press

Polarization is growing. While demographics are seen as important, this book argues that the fundamental political conflict in America is over how much individuals can and should be held responsible for the course of their life. Republicans believe that individuals succeed or fail largely based on their own talents and efforts, while Democrats believe that many individuals are negatively affected by forces beyond their control and therefore lack the opportunity to achieve and succeed.

Keywords:   polarization, personal responsibility, societal limits, government action, inequality, conservative, individual initiative

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