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The Unsustainable American State

Lawrence Jacobs and Desmond King


The complexity of the American economy and polity has grown at an explosive rate in our era of globalization. Yet as the 2008 financial crisis revealed, the evolution of the American state has not proceeded apace. The crisis exposed the system's manifold political and economic dysfunctionalities. This book is a historically informed account of the American state's development from the 19th century to the present. It focuses in particular on the state-produced inequalities and administrative incoherence that became so apparent in the post-1970s era. The book offers an unsettling account of the ... More

Keywords: globalization, financial crisis, racial inequality, economic inequality, democracy, American state, sustainability

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780195392135
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195392135.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Lawrence Jacobs, editor
University of Minnesota
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Desmond King, editor
Nuffield College, Oxford University
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Part I The Strains of Governance

1 The Political Crisis of the American State

Lawrence R. Jacobs, and Desmond King

Part II From Nineteenth-Century Legacies to Twentieth-Century Orthodoxy

Part III The Modern American State

6 No Class War

Benjamin I. Page, and Lawrence R. Jacobs

8 Promoting Inequality

Suzanne Mettler

Part IV The Inherited State Moving Forward

11 American State Building

Desmond King, and Robert C. Lieberman

13 Taking Stock

Stephen Skowronek

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