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Must Politics Be War? – Restoring Our Trust in the Open Society - Oxford Scholarship Online
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Must Politics Be War?: Restoring Our Trust in the Open Society

Kevin Vallier


Americans are far less likely to trust their institutions, and one another, than in decades past. This collapse in social and political trust arguably inspires our increasingly ferocious ideological conflicts and hardened partisanship. Many believe that our previously high levels of trust and bipartisanship were a pleasant anomaly and that today we live under the historic norm. For politics itself is nothing more than a struggle for power between groups with irreconcilable aims. Contemporary American politics is war because political life as such is war. This book argues that our shared libera ... More

Keywords: partisanship, social trust, political trust, liberalism, democracy, ideology, public reason, public reason liberalism, polarization

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780190632830
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190632830.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kevin Vallier, author
Assistant Professor, Bowling Green State University

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