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    Paul Pierson(Author) John Allen Nelson(Narrator)

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A groundbreaking work that identifies the real culprit behind one of the great economic crimes of our time-- the growing inequality of incomes between the vast majority of Americans and the richest of the rich.

We all know that the very rich have gotten a lot richer these past few decades while most Americans haven't. In fact, the exorbitantly paid have continued to thrive during the current economic crisis, even as the rest of Americans have continued to fall behind. Why do the "haveit- alls" have so much more? And how have they managed to restructure the economy to reap the lion's share of the gains and shift the costs of their new economic playground downward, tearing new holes in the safety net and saddling all of us with increased debt and risk? Lots of so-called experts claim to have solved this great mystery, but no one has really gotten to the bottom of it--until now.

In their lively and provocative Winner-Take-All Politics, renowned political scientists Jacob S. Hacker and Paul Pierson demonstrate convincingly that the usual suspects--foreign trade and financial globalization, technological changes in the workplace, increased education at the top--are largely innocent of the charges against them. Instead, they indict an unlikely suspect and take us on an entertaining tour of the mountain of evidence against the culprit. The guilty party is American politics. Runaway inequality and the present economic crisis reflect what government has done to aid the rich and what it has not done to safeguard the interests of the middle class. The winner-take-all economy is primarily a result of winner-take-all politics.

In an innovative historical departure, Hacker and Pierson trace the rise of the winner-take-all economy back to the late 1970s when, under a Democratic president and a Democratic Congress, a major transformation of American politics occurred. With big business and conservative ideologues organizing themselves to undo the regulations and progressive tax policies that had helped ensure a fair distribution of economic rewards, deregulation got under way, taxes were cut for the wealthiest, and business decisively defeated labor in Washington. And this transformation continued under Reagan and the Bushes as well as under Clinton, with both parties catering to the interests of those at the very top. Hacker and Pierson's gripping narration of the epic battles waged during President Obama's first two years in office reveals an unpleasant but catalyzing truth: winner-take-all politics, while under challenge, is still very much with us.

Winner-Take-All Politics--part revelatory history, part political analysis, part intellectual journey-- shows how a political system that traditionally has been responsive to the interests of the middle class has been hijacked by the superrich. In doing so, it not only changes how we think about American politics, but also points the way to rebuilding a democracy that serves the interests of the many rather than just those of the wealthy few.

"The Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson of political science, Jacob Hacker of Yale and Paul Pierson of Berkeley, about how Washington served the rich in the last 30 years and turned its back on the middle class. They're marvelous..."--Bill Moyers""Winner Take All Politics" is a powerfully argued book about a critically important subject, and I guarantee you it will make you think."--Fareed Zakaria, GPN (CNN show)"This book is a wake-up call. Read it and wake up."-Robert Solow, winner of the Nobel Memorial Prize for Economics in 1987"Must reading for anyone who wants to understand how Washington stopped working for the middle class."-Elizabeth Warren, Assistant to the President and Special Advisor to the Secretary of the Treasury on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau"How can hedge-fund managers who are pulling down billions sometimes pay a lower tax-rate than do their secretaries?' ask the political scientists Jacob S. Hacker (of Yale) and Paul Pierson (University of California, Berkeley) in their deservedly lauded new book, "Winner-Take-All Politics". If you want to cry real tears about the American dream--as opposed to the self-canonizing tears of John Boehner--read this book and weep. The authors' answer to that question and others amount to a devastating indictment of both parties.... The book deflates much of the conventional wisdom."--Frank Rich, "The New York Times"Important. . . . The collapse of the American middle class and the huge transfer of wealth to the already wealthy is the biggest domestic story of our time.Jonathan Alter, The New York Times Book Review"Hacker and Pierson argue strongly that the concentration of income at the top is not just the work of deep economic forces. It is aided and abetted by politicians who favor the very rich or allow policies that once favored the rest of us to erode. Hacker and Pierson look closely, sharply, and entertainingly at the way that interest-group politics and the political power of money have allowed this travesty of democracy to happen. This book is a wake-up call. Read it and wake up." Robert Solow, winner of the Nobel Memorial Prize for Economics in 1987"The clearest explanation yet of the forces that converged over the past three decades or so to undermine the economic well-being of ordinary Americans is contained in Winner-Take-All Politics.Bob Herbert, The New York Times "Engrossing. . . . Hacker and Pierson . . . deliver the goods. . . . Their description of the organizational dynamics that have tilted economic policymaking in favor of the wealthy is convincing. Justin Fox, Harvard Business Review"How the U.S. economic system has also moved off center toward an extreme concentration of wealth, and how progressive efforts to reverse that trend have run aground. . . . A very valuable book.Ed Kilgore, Washington Monthly"Buy a copy of Hacker and Pierson s book and read it. Seriously. . . . This is the most complete and sustained explanation I ve ever read of why, over the past 30 years, America has gone the direction it has even while most other countries haven t. . . . For me, it was a 300-page Aha! moment. Kevin Drum, Mother Jones"Over the past generation, the middle class has been repeatedly battered, and its once-solid foundations have begun to tremble. Uncovering the hidden political story behind this great economic challenge, Jacob Hacker and Paul Pierson shed light on what has gone wrong and why. Their book is must-reading for anyone who wants to understand how Washington stopped working for the middle class. Elizabeth Warren, Harvard Law School, Chair of the Congressional Oversight Panel on the U.S. banking bailout, and author of The Two-Income Trap"Hacker and Pierson make a compelling case. If Marie Antoinette were alive, she might aver of today s great economically challenged masses, Let them nibble on passbook-savings-account interest if they can manage to save anything, that is. David Holahan, The Christian Science Monitor"This is a transformative book. It s the best book on American politics that I ve read since Before the Storm. . . If it has the impact it deserves, it will transform American public arguments about politics and policymaking. Henry Farrell, Crookedtimber.org"Two top political scientists tell us when America turned terribly wrong and how the rich and powerful organized to do the turning. . . . Fascinating. Sam Pizzigagi, Too Much, an online newsletter of the Institute for Policy Studies"Jacob Hacker and Paul Pierson combine enormous learning about how our political system actually works with a spritely facility for getting their ideas across rare gifts in American political debate. Winner-Take-All Politics carries forward the argument from their path-breaking book Off-Center. It explains why the 2006 and 2008 elections only began a reform process that still has a ways to go. Hacker and Pierson have always stayed ahead of the conventional arguments and Winner-Take-All Politics keeps them in the lead. E.J. Dionne, Jr., author of Why Americans Hate Politics and Souled Out "Hacker and Pierson deftly pose and solve a political mystery: How could our democracy have turned away from a politics of broadly shared prosperity that served most citizens? Clue: take a close look at the elite capture of the Democratic Party. Winner-Take-All Politics stylishly written and well documented with evidence is a must-read for understanding the great political puzzle of our time. Robert Kuttner, author of A Presidency in Peril and co-editor of The American Prospect"Jacob Hacker and Paul Pierson brilliantly break the intellectual logjam over the causes of runaway inequality. Their findings put responsibility and control back into the hands of officeholders, elected and appointed. Winner-Take-All Politics is crucial reading for all those engaged in American politics.Thomas B. Edsall, political editor, Huffington Post, and correspondent, The New Republic""Important. . . . The collapse of the American middle class and the huge transfer of wealth to the already wealthy is the biggest domestic story of our time." --Jonathan Alter, The New York Times Book Review"Hacker and Pierson argue strongly that the concentration of income at the top is not just the work of deep economic forces. It is aided and abetted by politicians who favor the very rich or allow policies that once favored the rest of us to erode. Hacker and Pierson look closely, sharply, and entertainingly at the way that interest-group politics and the political power of money have allowed this travesty of democracy to happen. This book is a wake-up call. Read it and wake up."--Robert Solow, winner of the Nobel Memorial Prize for Economics in 1987"The clearest explanation yet of the forces that converged over the past three decades or so to undermine the economic well-being of ordinary Americans is contained in Winner-Take-All Politics."--Bob Herbert, The New York Times "Engrossing. . . . Hacker and Pierson . . . deliver the goods. . . . Their description of the organizational dynamics that have tilted economic policymaking in favor of the wealthy is convincing."--Justin Fox, Harvard Business Review"How the U.S. economic system has also moved 'off center' toward an extreme concentration of wealth, and how progressive efforts to reverse that trend have run aground. . . . A very valuable book."--Ed Kilgore, Washington Monthly"Buy a copy of Hacker and Pierson's book and read it. Seriously. . . . This is the most complete and sustained explanation I've ever read of why, over the past 30 years, America has gone the direction it has even while most other countries haven't. . . . For me, it was a 300-page 'Aha!' moment."--Kevin Drum, Mother Jones"The worst social change in America during my lifetime has been its shift from the land of middle-class opportunity to the land of super-rich privilege. The economic polarization of America is a familiar problem, but Jacob Hacker and Paul Pierson approach it in an original way, using detective-story procedure to identify an unsuspected culprit--one that has little to do with 'globalization' or 'technological revolution' or China or the like. Their case is convincing, and it builds to a recommendation of how Americans could organize to save their country's promise. I hope people read the book and follow its advice."--James Fallows, National Correspondent, The Atlantic"Hacker and Pierson make a compelling case. If Marie Antoinette were alive, she might aver of today's great economically challenged masses, 'Let them nibble on passbook-savings-account interest'--if they can manage to save anything, that is."--David Holahan, The Christian Science Monitor"This is a transformative book. It's the best book on American politics that I've read since Before the Storm. . . If it has the impact it deserves, it will transform American public arguments about politics and policymaking."--Henry Farrell, Crookedtimber.org"Two top political scientists tell us when America turned terribly wrong--and how the rich and powerful organized to do the turning. . . . Fascinating."--Sam Pizzigagi, "Too Much," an online newsletter of the Institute for Policy Studies"Jacob Hacker and Paul Pierson combine enormous learning about how our political system actually works with a spritely facility for getting their ideas across--rare gifts in American political debate. Winner-Take-All Politics carries forward the argument from their path-breaking book Off-Center. It explains why the 2006 and 2008 elections only began a reform process that still has a ways to go. Hacker and Pierson have always stayed ahead of the conventional arguments and Winner-Take-All Politics keeps them in the lead."--E.J. Dionne, Jr., author of Why Americans Hate Politics and Souled Out "Hacker and Pierson deftly pose and solve a political mystery: How could our democracy have turned away from a politics of broadly shared prosperity that served most citizens? Clue: take a close look at the elite capture of the Democratic Party. Winner-Take-All Politics--stylishly written and well documented with evidence--is a must-read for understanding the great political puzzle of our time."--Robert Kuttner, author of A Presidency in Peril and co-editor of The American Prospect"Jacob Hacker and Paul Pierson brilliantly break the intellectual logjam over the causes of runaway inequality. Their findings put responsibility and control back into the hands of officeholders, elected and appointed. Winner-Take-All Politics is crucial reading for all those engaged in American politics."--Thomas B. Edsall, political editor, Huffington Post, and correspondent, The New Republic"Over the past generation, the middle class has been repeatedly battered, and its once-solid foundations have begun to tremble. Uncovering the hidden political story behind this great economic challenge, Jacob Hacker and Paul Pierson shed light on what has gone wrong--and why. Their book is must-reading for anyone who wants to understand how Washington stopped working for the middle class."--Elizabeth Warren, Harvard Law School, Chair of the Congressional Oversight Panel on the U.S. banking bailout, and author of The Two-Income Trap

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  • By John Petherbridge on 31 December 2012

    This is a book about US politics but it has many insights which apply equally to politics in the UK. Its perspective is different from the many books which analyse the current promlems from an economist's angle, nevertheless its observations and conclusions are wholly convincing. This is also a very easy to read book.

  • By jon de bolt on 5 February 2013

    This book is a revealing look at just whose pulling the strings in U.S economic policy.No, this is not a conspiracy theory either.

  • By Hagsie on 10 December 2012

    A very infomative and interesting read. I firs heard of this book on the BBC Newsnight program.The book was reasonably priced and arrived on time.

  • By RDC on 1 February 2017

    Item as promised.


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