[UCP Books]: Partisans and Partners

Our traditional notion of red/blue, right/left, urban/rural is all wrong. Pacewicz looks at Iowa to explain what’s going on in America.

Partisans and Partners

The Politics of the Post-Keynesian Society

Publication date: December 12, 2016 978-0-226-40269-7
International publication date: December 12, 2016 $35.00/£24.50

Josh Pacewicz immersed himself in the life of two Iowa cities—one traditionally democratic and one traditionally republican—what he found would have surprised you just a couple of months ago, but not now that we’re in the age of President-Elect Trump.

Pacewicz found that partisan politics is inseparable from the decline of the local economic worlds from which people derive meaning.  In Iowa, he saw the fundamental reorganization of the community institutions in which political parties have traditionally been rooted. Corporate mergers of the 1980s eliminated local industries and produced economic hardship, leading to social dislocation by thinning the ranks of traditional business and labor leaders. Remaining community leaders shifted their focus to post-partisan economic development partnerships and withdrew from grassroots politics, thus leaving local branches of the Republican and Democratic parties in the hands of ideological activists who nudged our political system to the extremes. Weaving together major themes in American political history—including globalization, the decline of organized labor, loss of locally owned industries, uneven economic development, and the emergence of grassroots populist movements—Partisans and Partners could not be more timely.

“One of the definitive American political ethnographies, right up there with Robert Dahls’ Who Governs?—Andrew Abbott

Josh Pacewicz is assistant professor of sociology and urban studies at Brown University. He is available for interviews.


 Please contact Ashley Pierce at (773) 702-0279 or apierce@uchicago.edu for more information. 


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