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Chain Reaction: The Impact of Race, Rights, and Taxes on American Politics

 
 
 
 
Chain Reaction: The Impact of Race, Rights, and Taxes on American Politics
Author: Mary D. Edsall - Thomas Byrne Edsall
ISBN 13: 9780393309034
ISBN 10: 393309037
Edition: Revised ed.
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Publication Date: 1992-08-17
Format: Paperback
Pages: 368
List Price: $17.95
 
 

The rise of the presidential wing of the Republican party over the past generation has been driven by the overlapping issues of race and taxes. The Republicans have ...

Publishers Weekly

In a blunt, on-target analysis of the disintegration of the liberal coalition, Washington Post reporter Edsall, writing with his wife, charges that the Republican Party since 1964 has capitalized on issues of race and taxing, pitting proponents of meritocracy against advocates of special preference. These issues, the authors point out, now intersect in the minds of the electorate with a range of domestic controversies, from drug enforcement to suburban zoning practices. The Edsalls urge Democrats to learn from voter rejection and to engage in constructive, open discussion of such problems as soaring urban-ghetto crime and illegitimacy. In order to tackle the crises of poverty, race and educational reform, they insist, both parties require a ``wrenching alteration of habit, strategy, and worldview.'' However, the book's scorecard of the last seven presidential elections is geared more to policymakers, scholars and activists than to general readers. (Oct.)