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Divided we fall : why consensus matters

Rivlin, Alice M. (author.). Rivlin, Sheri, (contributor.). Rivlin, Allan, (contributor.).

Summary: "Partisan warfare and gridlock in Washington threaten to squander America's opportunity to show the world that democracy can solve serious economic problems and ensure widely shared prosperity. Instead of working together to meet the challenges ahead--an aging work force, exploding inequality, climate change, rising debt--our elected leaders are sabotaging our economic future by blaming and demonizing each other in hopes of winning big in the next election. They are weakening America's capacity for world leadership and the case for democracy here and abroad. Alice M. Rivlin, with decades of experience in economic policy making, argues that proven economic policies could lead to sustainable American prosperity and opportunity for all, but crafting them requires the tough, time-consuming work of consensus building and bipartisan negotiation. In a divided country with shifting majorities, major policies must have bipartisan buy-in and broad public support. Otherwise we will have either destabilizing swings in policy or total gridlock in the face of challenges looming at us. Rivlin believes that Americans can and must save our hyper-partisan politicians from themselves. She makes the case that on many practical economic issues the public is far less divided than partisan politicians and sensationalist media would have us believe. She draws attention to numerous hopeful efforts to bridge partisan and ideological divides in Washington, in state capitols and city governments, and communities around the country, and advocates a major national effort to enable citizens and future leaders to learn and practice the art of listening to each other and working together to find common ground. This book is a practical guide for Americans across the political spectrum who are agonizing over partisan warfare, incivility, and policy gridlock and looking for ways they can help to get our democratic policy process back on a constructive track before it is too late."--Publisher description.

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  • ISBN: 9780815735250 (hardcover)
  • ISBN: 0815735251 (hardcover)
  • Physical Description: print
    xxvi, 412 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
  • Publisher: Washington, D.C : Brookings Institution Press, [2022]

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references (pages 349-386) and index.
Formatted Contents Note: Preface: A note to the readers: completing Alice Rivlin's vision and message for a rapidly changing America / Sheri Rivlin and Allan Rivlin -- 1. Introduction: The choice we face -- 2. The American economy: Historic opportunity or impending disaster? -- 3. The history of partisanship and dealmaking: The Constitutional Convention to the Gilded Age -- 4. Reform and realignment: The Progressive Era to the Southern strategy -- 5. The bipartisan budget negotiations of the Reagan-Bush years -- 6. President Clinton takes on the deficit -- 7. When bipartisan negotiation achieved a budget surplus -- 8. Obama and the Democrats struggle to make Unified Government work -- 9. When several attempts to reach a "Grand Bargain" failed -- 10. Hyper partisanship in modern politics -- 11. How we can change the rules and change the tone of American politics -- Afterword: What would Alice Rivlin say now?
Subject: Consensus (Social sciences) United States
Political planning United States
Partisanship Political aspects United States
Right and left (Political science) United States
Legitimacy of governments United States
United States Economic policy

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  • 1 of 1 copy available at State Library of Alabama.

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