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Work, politics, nature, and health in the contemporary United States

Life in America has been transformed over the past thirty-five years. Using a historical materialist framework, the authors argue that what appear today as fragmented social, economic, environmental, and political problems are all manifestations of neoliberalism – a class-based political project to position capital more favourably in its struggle to preserve the conditions for accumulation. This project reaches deeply into the weave of biological, ecological, and social life. It involves both the increasing role of money and markets in the determination of life chances, and the systematic push of corporations into previously protected spheres of life.

Emphasizing Martha Nussbaum’s question “What does a life worthy of human dignity require?”, each chapter of this book (covering work, the environment, health, education, and politics) analyses a cornerstone of human development that had previously been, to varying degrees, protected from the logic of the capitalist market. This book examines how US business successfully increased control over, privatized, or commodified each of these areas, amounting to a neoliberal transformation of lived experience. Neoliberalism has far-reaching and troubling consequences for the potential of people in the US to live a full and flourishing life. The final chapter provides an evaluation of the claim that the election of Donald Trump to the US presidency represents a rupture in neoliberal politics.

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Linnie Blake

recycled images of the falling towers, would enter into a period of national self-examination as a means not only of bearing witness to the events of 11 September but of understanding why they had occurred in the first place. In terms of the United Statespolitical establishment, however, such an examination was entirely unforthcoming. Instead, in a manner decidedly reminiscent of Nixon’s wholesale demonisation of anti-government elements, and Reagan’s revisionist perspective on the events of the 1970s, the 124 From Vietnam to 9/11 Republican right opted to

in The wounds of nations
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Francisco E. González and Desmond King

15 The United States francisco e. gonzález and desmond king Any discussion of the United Statespolitical democratization is fundamentally complicated by its role since 1917 as a global model and defender of liberal democracy, a role that burgeoned after 1941. As a consequence of this responsibility, historically the United States’ democratization has been both a domestic and international process. National and international politics have presented two trajectories that cohere into a common narrative of democratization (King 2004). This narrative is a

in Democratization through the looking-glass
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Robert Chernomas, Ian Hudson, and Mark Hudson

. References Gourevitch, A. (2015). Police Work: The Centrality of Labor Repression in American Political History. Perspectives on Politics , 13(3), 762–773. Hacker, J., & Pierson, P. (2010). Winner-Take-All-Politics: Public Policy, Political Organization, and the Precipitous Rise of Top Incomes in the United States. Politics & Society , 38(2), 152–204. Leiserowitz, A., Maiback, E., Roser-Renouf, C., Rosenthal, S., Cutler, M., & Kotcher, J. (2018). Climate Change in the American Mind , March

in Neoliberal lives
Alexis Heraclides and Ada Dialla

. 24 M. Hunt, Ideology and US Foreign Policy (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1987), 58–60; Linderman, The Mirror of War , 115, 120–4; McCartney, Power and Progress , 87–8; J. Offner, ‘United States Politics and the 1898 War Over Cuba’, in Smith and Dávila-Cox (eds), The Crisis of 1989 , 18–21; T. G. Paterson, ‘United States Intervention in Cuba, 1898: Interpretations of the Spanish–American–Cuban–Filipino War’, History

in Humanitarian intervention in the long nineteenth century
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Order and disorder
Chris Beasley and Heather Brook

, offer a condensed and highly accessible cultural space for the exploration and resolution of these concerns. Popular film is a medium which is so central to so many within the present everyday world that it may be said to construct ‘the most compelling accounts’ of social preoccupations (Taylor, 2015: 5; Sobchak, 1997: 16). While the idea that social concerns are iterated in popular movies is not contentious, the ubiquity of political interests is not so readily acknowledged. Jason Stanley asserts that within liberal democracies, including the United States, political

in The cultural politics of contemporary Hollywood film
Geography and the British electoral system

Representational democracy is at the heart of the UK’s political constitution, and the electoral system is central to achieving it. But is the first-past-the-post system used to elect the UK parliament truly representative? To answer that question requires an understanding of several factors: debates over the nature of representation; the evolution of the current electoral system; how first-past-the-post distorts electoral politics; and how else elections might be conducted. Running through all these debates are issues over the representation not only of people but also of places. The book examines all of these issues and focuses on the effect of geography on the operation of the electoral system.

Karl Polanyi (1886–1964) returned to public discourse in the 1990s, when the Soviet Union imploded and globalization erupted. Best known for The Great Transformation, Polanyi’s wide-ranging thought anticipated twenty-first-century civilizational challenges of ecological collapse, social disintegration and international conflict, and warned that the unbridled domination of market capitalism would engender nationalist protective counter-movements. In Karl Polanyi and Twenty-First-Century Capitalism, Radhika Desai and Kari Polanyi Levitt bring together prominent and new thinkers in the field to extend the boundaries of our understanding of Polanyi's life and work. Kari Polanyi Levitt's opening essay situates Polanyi in the past century shaped by Keynes and Hayek, and explores how and why his ideas may shape the twenty-first century. Her analysis of his Bennington Lectures, which pre-dated and anticipated The Great Transformation, demonstrates how Central European his thought and chief concerns were. The next several contributions clarify, for the first time in Polanyi scholarship, the meaning of money as a fictitious commodity. Other contributions resolve difficulties in understanding the building blocks of Polanyi's thought: fictitious commodities, the double movement, the United States' exceptional development, the reality of society and socialism as freedom in a complex society. The volume culminates in explorations of how Polanyi has influenced, and can be used to develop, ideas in a number of fields, whether income inequality, world-systems theory or comparative political economy. Contributors: Fred Block, Michael Brie, Radhika Desai, Michael Hudson, Hannes Lacher, Kari Polanyi Levitt, Chikako Nakayama, Jamie Peck, Abraham Rotstein, Margaret Somers, Claus Thomasberger, Oscar Ugarteche Galarza.

Ron Johnston, Charles Pattie, and David Rossiter

debates, ‘a major theme of Victorian and Edwardian political-­intellectual life’.20 Most of the would-­be reformers opposed the use of territorially based constituencies as representing ‘all that was bad about the United States political system, which used such constituencies­– ­wire-­pulling, gerrymandering, bribery and intimidation’;21 others defended the geographical basis of an electoral system, however, claiming that it was at the core of the country’s robust civic culture’ characterised by a ‘back-­and-­ forth of instruction, argument, and criticism’ between MPs

in Representative democracy?
From the ‘militant’ to an ‘immunised’ route?
Ami Pedahzur

‘immunised defending democracy’. Although not a country entirely free of extremist phenomena and political violence, the political culture of the USA gives an impression of considerable commitment to liberal and democratic values. Furthermore, the ‘pro-democratic civil society’, which has proved to be a cornerstone of United Statespolitical life, is largely successful in responding effectively to the challenges of extremism. A review of that country’s response to these challenges, whether in the form of political parties or other types of organisation, shows evidence of

in The Israeli response to Jewish extremism and violence