Entrenchment: Wealth, Power, and the Constitution of Democratic Societies
ISBN: 0300238479
EAN13: 9780300238471
Language: English
Pages: 288
Dimensions: 1" H x 9.25" L x 6.13" W
Weight: 1.468279 lbs.
Format: Hardcover

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In this wide-ranging book, Paul Starr examines how wealth and power become entrenched and how they have been fought over. Overcoming the power of landed aristocracy was the formative challenge of eighteenth-century revolutions. Overcoming slavery was the central problem for American democracy. Beginning with these conflicts, Starr explores the entrenchment of competing interests in democratic constitutions, electoral systems, courts, international treaties, and progressive taxes and social policies. While unequal and unjust power can be entrenched, so can rights to freedom and equality.

Much of our politics continues to be a struggle over entrenchment--efforts to bring about change in ways that opponents will find difficult to reverse. Today, rising oligarchical power and populist nationalism pose the danger that illiberal forces will entrench themselves. Starr raises fundamental questions about the origins of our institutions and urgent questions about the future. The stakes couldn't be higher.

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