The Alexis de Tocqueville Lectures on American Politics

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Cover: Nature and History in American Political Development: A Debate

Nature and History in American Political Development: A Debate

Ceaser, James W.

In this inaugural volume of the Alexis de Tocqueville Lectures, Ceaser traces how certain “foundational” ideas—including nature, history, and religion—have been understood and used over the course of American history. Three commentators challenge his arguments, and a spirited debate about large and enduring questions in American politics ensues.

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Christianity and American Democracy

Heclo, Hugh

Hugh Heclo proposes that Christianity, not religion in general, has been important for American democracy. Responding to his challenging argument, Mary Jo Bane, Michael Kazin, and Alan Wolfe criticize, qualify, and amend it. The result is a lively debate about a momentous tension in American public life.

Cover: The Abolitionist Imagination

The Abolitionist Imagination

Delbanco, Andrew

Abolitionists have been painted in extremes—vilified as reckless zealots who provoked the bloodletting of the Civil War, or praised as daring reformers who hastened the end of slavery. Delbanco sees them as the embodiment of a driving force in American history: the recurrent impulse of an adamant minority to rid the world of outrageous evil.

Cover: Obama and America’s Political Future

Obama and America’s Political Future

Skocpol, Theda

Obama’s 2008 victory, coming amid the greatest economic crisis since the 1930s, opened the door to major reforms. But he quickly faced skepticism from supporters and fierce opposition from Republicans. What happened? Skocpol surveys the political landscape to help us to understand Obama’s triumphs and setbacks and see where we might be headed next.

The Economics of Creative Destruction: New Research on Themes from Aghion and Howitt, edited by Ufuk Akcigit and John Van Reenen, with a Foreword by Emmanuel Macron, from Harvard University Press

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