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The United States as a Divided Nation

Past and Present


Marcin Grabowski, Krystof Kozák and György Tóth

Is the U.S. as a country still capable of finding common ground and effective policy responses in the 21st century, or are the dividing lines within U.S. society actually becoming too deep and too wide to bridge, with potentially grave consequences for American social, political as well as economic development? This book discusses important contemporary U.S. wedge issues such as gun rights, racial and economic inequality, the role of the state, the politics of culture, interpretations of history and collective memory, polarization in national politics, and factionalism in domestic and foreign policy. It provides readers with conceptual tools to grasp the complexity of the current processes, policy formation, and political and social change under way in the United States.
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Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication DataThe United States as a divided nation : past and present / Marcin Grabowski, Kryštof Kozák, György Tóth (eds.).pages cm. (Prager Schriften zur Zeitgeschichte und zum Zeitgeschehen ; Band 7)Includes index.ISBN 978-3-631-65108-7 – ISBN 978-3-653-04189-7 (E-Book) 1. Politicalculture–United States. 2. United States–Politics and government–21st century. 3. Divided government–United States. 4. National characteristics, American. 5. Social change–Political aspects–United States. I. Grabowski, Marcin, 1980- , editor of compilation. II. Kozák, Kryštof, editor of compilation. III. Tóth, György, 1977- , editor of compilation.JK1764.U55 2014306.20973–dc23


ISSN1861-163XISBN 978-3-631-65108-7 (Print)E-ISBN 978-3-653-04189-7 (E-Book)DOI 10.3726/978-3-653-04189-7© Peter Lang GmbHInternationaler Verlag der WissenschaftenFrankfurt am Main 2014All rights reserved.Peter Lang Edition is an Imprint of Peter Lang GmbH.

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