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Anti-PluralismThe Populist Threat to Liberal Democracy$
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William A. Galston

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780300228922

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300228922.001.0001

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Liberal Democracy in America

Liberal Democracy in America

What Is to Be Done?

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(p.83) Six Liberal Democracy in America
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Anti-Pluralism
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William A. Galston

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Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300228922.003.0007

This chapter examines the difference between the economics of the postwar boom and the present as well as the waning American Dream and shows how, in these circumstances, and given current policies, there is no reason to expect that conditions will improve for the middle class, let alone those lower down on the ladder. Thus, U.S. public policy has no choice but to lean harder against the economic wind, both to accelerate economic growth and to ensure that its fruits are widely shared. At long last, U.S. leaders must turn away from peripheral squabbles and attend to the one issue that more than any other will define the country's future.

Keywords:   United States, economic growth, U.S. public policy, productivity, wages, taxes, market democracies, political reform

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