By James Q. Wilson
James Q. Wilson is one among America's preeminent public coverage students. for many years, he has analyzed the altering political and cultural panorama with readability and honesty, bringing his knowledge to endure on all points of yank executive and society. this can be a number of fifteen of Wilson's so much insightful essays-drawing on thirty years of his observations on faith, crime, the media, terrorism and extremism, and the old fashioned proposal of "character." Readers of each political persuasion will come clear of this quantity with a brand new realizing of ways American politics and tradition have advanced during the last half-century. those essays will not be "the grumpy phrases of a conservative who cannot be reconciled to the realities of up to date American life," Wilson writes. really, they're directly speak from a painstaking empiricist and consummate social scientist who believes in American exceptionalism. American Politics, Then & now's a compelling portrait of a liked country.
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Sidney Verba and his co-workers found that in the 1950s, this group was the most conservative identifiable segment of American opinion. By the 1970s, however, a profound change had occurred—one part of this group had become even more conservative, while another part had become very liberal. High-status WASPs are now the most polarized class in America, and to the extent that this class contributes disproportionately to political elites, these elites have become more polarized. AMERICAN POLITICS, THEN & NOW 15 These divisions of opinion contribute powerfully to the kind of oneissue politics so characteristic of the present era.
American politics, then and now and other essays by James Q. Wilson