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The Returns to Power

A Political Theory of Economic Inequality
Oxford University Press
Erschienen am 6. Juni 2023
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An unconventional perspective on contemporary economic inequality in America and its dangers for democracy, using comparisons with Russia, China and Germany. Since the economic liberalization wave that began in the late 1970s, inequality around the world has skyrocketed. In The Returns to Power, Thomas F. Remington examines the rise of extreme economic inequality in the United States since the late 1970s by drawing comparisons to the effects of market reforms in transition countries such as Russia, China, and Germany. Employing an unconventional comparative framework, he brings together the latest scholarship in economics and political science and draws on Russian, Chinese, and German-language sources. As he shows, the US embraced deregulation and market-based solutions around the same time that China and Russia implemented major privatization and liberalization reforms. The long-term result was increasing inequality in all three nations. To illustrate why, Remington contrasts the effects of these policies with the postwar economic recovery program in Germany, which succeeded in protecting market competition within the framework of a social market economy that provides widely shared prosperity, high growth, and robust democracy. The book concludes with an analysis of the political dangers posed by high inequality and calls for a new public philosophy of liberal capitalism and liberal democracy that would restore political equality and inclusive growth by strengthening political and market competition, expanding the provision of public goods, and broadening social insurance protection. An ambitious account of why political and economic inequality has increased so much in recent times, The Returns to Power's emphasis on policy variation across democracies also reminds us that it did not have to turn out this way.
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Thomas F. Remington is Visiting Professor of Government at Harvard University and Goodrich C. White Professor of Political Science (Emeritus) at Emory University. He is author of a number of books, including Presidential Decrees in Russia: A Comparative Perspective (2014) and The Politics of Inequality in Russia (2011). His research concerns the political sources of economic inequality in the United States, Russia, China, and Germany, as well as issues related to education, skill formation, and workforce development. He planned and directed a series of workshops for parliamentarians in Russia from 1993-2007 as advisor for Russia Workshops for the East-West Parliamentary Practice Project, based in Amsterdam. From 1997 to 2002 he held the Claus M. Halle Distinguished Professorship for Global Learning at Emory and led a university-wide faculty seminar on globalization. He was chair of the political science department at Emory from 2001-2007. He is Associate of the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies at Harvard. He has been a member of the Boards of Directors of the National Council for Eurasian and East European Research and the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies.
Chapter One: Introduction Chapter 2: Growing Apart: Trends in the Distribution of Income and Wealth Chapter 3: The Theory of Economic Rents Chapter 4: Rents and Market Reform Chapter 5: The Union of Wealth and Power Chapter 6: Financialization, Rents, and Inequality Chapter 7: Russia: Autocracy and Oligarchy Chapter 8: Market Transition and Inequality in China Chapter 9: Germany: The Social Market Economy Chapter 10: Necessary Opportunities Notes Index

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