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Culture, Capitalism, and Democracy in the New America$
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Richard Brown

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780300100259

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300100259.001.0001

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A Peculiar Democracy: Race, Class, and Corporate Power in the United States

A Peculiar Democracy: Race, Class, and Corporate Power in the United States

(p.36) Chapter 2 A Peculiar Democracy: Race, Class, and Corporate Power in the United States
Culture, Capitalism, and Democracy in the New America

Richard Harvey Brown

Yale University Press

The United States appears to be different from other capitalist democracies in several respects, from the preindustrial modernization of its political culture to ethnic diversity, assimilation, discrimination, a decentralized system of government, and the prevalence of a market ideology. This chapter explores some of these themes from a more political perspective, with an emphasis on America's history of racism and racial exclusion, the weakness of its labor movement, the absence of a labor or socialist political party, and the presence of a powerful capitalist class. It first provides an overview of American democracy and the issue of race before turning to the weakness of class politics and socioeconomic equity in the country. The chapter then looks at recent trends in American inequality and politics, along with the relationship between business and politics in America.

Keywords:   racism, racial exclusion, labor movement, United States, capitalist class, politics, business, political party, democracy, socioeconomic equity

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