Capitalism and the American political ideal /

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Main Author: Greenberg, Edward S., 1942-
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Language:English
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Greenberg (political and behavioral scientist at the University of Colorado), seeks to discover why, despite an ever larger role for government in a country ostensibly committed to the concept of limited government, the problems of the US remain unsolved, if not intractable. In the effort, he argues that ``the transformation of American government {{is}} a product of the transformation of the American economy....'' Early in the book Greenberg provides a critical analysis of free market, reform liberal, and neoconservative explanations for the rise of the ``modern Leviathan'' and finds each of them inadequate. He then offers an explanation that utilizes ``the Marxian perspective''; Greenberg says this is the only perspective from which ``the ongoing reality of property, social-class inequality, corporate concentration and foreign interventions, and government bias toward poverty can be coherently understood.'' This perspective is employed in the bulk of the book as Greenberg surveys the changing ``policy regimes'' in Washington that parallel over time the many economic changes taking place in the US. The last chapter reviews Reaganism and its possible long-term impact on the future of American political and economic theory and reality. The notes are well done and informative and must serve for a bibliography. This challenging thesis, well written and argued, deserves careful attention and discussion. Upper-division and graduate students as well as general readers.-R.H. Leach, Duke University

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