The Twilight of Equality?: Neoliberalism, Cultural Politics, and the Attack on Democracy

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Beacon Press, 2004 - Political Science - 111 pages
An analysis of the political and cultural agendas that have underpinned the success of neoliberalism

What did a panic over sexual content in a women’s studies conference have to do with one state university system’s budgets? Why did the homeowner supporters of the property tax revolt in California sign on to a petition that gave most of the tax relief benefits to businesses? Award-winning historian Lisa Duggan examines the links between cultural and economic politics in recent U.S. history in The Twilight of Equality?, a book that reveals why progressive arguments that separate identity politics and economic policy can only fail.

“Duggan . . . offers a thoughtful study of how ongoing, bipartisan sponsorship of free market economics has eclipsed social democracy and culture over the past 20 years.” —Publishers Weekly

“In writing this superb book, Lisa Duggan has done a great service to every thinking person in America. She reveals just how much the far-reaching neoliberal revolution has been advanced.” —Andrew Ross, author of The Celebration Chronicles: Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Property Value in Disney’s New Town

“Duggan leaves us with a brilliant analysis of where we are now and a map for how to get to a better, more just place.” —Tricia Rose, author of Longing to Tell: Black Women Talk about Sexuality and Intimacy

“The Twilight of Equality presents us with an intellectual yet highly readable work on the rise of ‘neoliberalism’ in the United States.” —Alexa Prussin, Girlfriends Magazine

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An interesting, concise, and (largely) convincing volume about the politics of neoliberalism--a major force in contemporary ideology--and the failure of leftists (read democratic, progressive ... Read full review

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Downsizing Democracy
The Incredible Shrinking Public
Equality Inc
Love and Money
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Lisa Duggan is associate professor of American Studies and history at New York University. She is coeditor of Our Monica, Ourselves: The Clinton Affair and the National Interest and author of Sapphic Slashers: Sex, Violence, and American Modernity, which won the John Boswell Prize of the American Historical Association in 2001.

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