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State Capture: How Conservative Activists, Big Businesses, and Wealthy Donors Reshaped the American States...
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Alex Hertel-Fernandez (Assistant Professor of Political Science, Columbia University)
State Capture: How Conservative Activists, Big Businesses, and Wealthy Donors Reshaped the American States - and the Nation by Alex Hertel-Fernandez (Assistant Professor of Political Science, Columbia University) at Abbey's Bookshop,

State Capture: How Conservative Activists, Big Businesses, and Wealthy Donors Reshaped the American States - and the Nation

Alex Hertel-Fernandez (Assistant Professor of Political Science, Columbia University)


9780190870799

Oxford University Press Inc


Political structure & processes;
Public administration;
Regional government;
Pressure groups & lobbying


Hardback

384 pages

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Most Americans pay little attention to the massive number of elections that occur at the state level every year. Yet cumulatively, a party's success in state-level races across the country can produce major shifts in policymaking and governance. That is precisely what has happened in the US since 2010. In a wave election that year, the Republican Party began their ascendancy in state-level elections, and by 2016 had solidified their dominance. The party now fully controls 25 state legislatures and governorships-one of the largest advantages either party has had since the New Deal.

After the GOP wave, a broad swathe of states began considering and enacting a near-identical set of conservative priorities-often even using the exact same text. Where did this flood of new legislation come from? How did so many states arrive at the same proposals at precisely the same time? As Alexander Hertel-Fernandez shows in the eye-opening State Capture, the answer can be found in a trio of powerful interest groups: the Koch Brothers-run Americans for Prosperity (AFP), the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), and the State Policy Network (SPN). Drawing from an impressive evidence base, Hertel-Fernandez explains how, since the 1970s, conservative activists, wealthy donors, and big businesses constructed a right-wing troika of overlapping and influential lobbying groups.

But it is about more than this. It also teases out how conservative-corporate mobilization has fostered epochal shifts in the American political economy: the decline of unions, party polarization, and the skyrocketing concentration of wealth. State Capture will be essential reading for anyone interested in understanding contemporary American politics.

By:   Alex Hertel-Fernandez (Assistant Professor of Political Science Columbia University)
Imprint:   Oxford University Press Inc
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 238mm,  Width: 167mm,  Spine: 29mm
Weight:   696g
ISBN:   9780190870799
ISBN 10:   0190870796
Pages:   384
Publication Date:   February 2019
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Acknowledgements Preface Introduction PART I: The Evolution of ALEC: A Corporate-Conservative Anchor Across the States Chapter 1: The Most Dangerously Effective Organization : A Smart ALEC is Born Chapter 2: Policy Plagiarism: A Window into ALEC's Reach Across the U.S. States Chapter 3: An Easy A with ALEC: ALEC's Appeal for State Legislators Chapter 4: A Great Investment : ALEC's Appeal for Big Business * PART II: The Right-Wing Troika and its Foes Chapter 5: A Little Help from Their Friends: Introducing the Right-Wing Troika Chapter 6: Transforming the Nation One State at a Time: The Right-Wing Troika and State Policy Chapter 7: Feisty Chihuahuas Versus a Big Gorilla : Why Left-Wing Efforts to Counter the Troika Have Floundered Conclusion: State Capture and American Democracy Technical Appendix Works Cited

Alexander Hertel-Fernandez is an Assistant Professor in Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs. His research has appeared in the American Prospect, Democracy Journal, The New York Times, The New Yorker, and The Washington Post, as well as numerous scholarly journals. He is also the author of Politics at Work (Oxford, 2018).


In his systematic and impeccably researched work, Hertel-Fernandez discusses why liberal efforts to counter the troika have floundered and why this infiltration of right-wing state policy endangers the quality of American democracy. A highly specific, important study in understanding why attention to state legislatures and local elections across the country is increasingly crucial. * Kirkus *

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