The Conscience of a Liberal

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W. W. Norton & Company, 2007 - History - 296 pages
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With this major new volume, Paul Krugman, today's most widely read economist, studies the past eighty years of American history, from the reforms that tamed the harsh inequality of the Gilded Age to the unraveling of that achievement and the reemergence of immense economic and political inequality since the 1970s. Seeking to understand both what happened to middle-class America and what it will take to achieve a "new New Deal," Krugman has created his finest book to date, a work that weaves together a nuanced account of three generations of history with sharp political, social, and economic analysis. This book, written with Krugman's trademark ability to explain complex issues simply, will transform the debate about American social policy in much the same way as did John Kenneth Galbraith's deeply influential book, The Affluent Society.
 

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The conscience of a liberal

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In this eloquent defense of liberalism, New York Times op-ed columnist Krugman (economics; Princeton Univ.; The Great Unraveling) drafts a blueprint for progressive political change. His central theme ... Read full review

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Is ‘hyperpartisanship’ paralysing American politics?
It is not a clash of ideologies but rather an empty bickering over nothing of much substance that makes the presidential campaign seem so shrill
and divided...
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Contents

THE WAY WE WERE
3
THE LONG GILDED AGE
15
THE GREAT COMPRESSION
37
THE POLITICS OF THE WELFARE STATE
57
A TROUBLED PROSPERITY
79
MOVEMENT CONSERVATISM
101
THE GREAT DIVERGENCE
124
THE POLITICS OF INEQUALITY
153
WEAPONS OF MASS DISTRACTION
173
THE NEW POLITICS OF EQUALITY
198
THE HEALTH CARE IMPERATIVE
214
CONFRONTING INEQUALITY
244
THE CONSCIENCE OF A LIBERAL
265
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
285
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Paul Krugman is the recipient of the 2008 Nobel Prize in Economics. He is a best-selling author, columnist, and blogger for the New York Times, and is a professor of economics and international affairs at Princeton University.

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