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Partisans and PartnersThe Politics of the Post-Keynesian Society$
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Josh Pacewicz

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780226402550

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226402727.001.0001

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The Politics of the Post-Keynesian Society

The Politics of the Post-Keynesian Society

(p.277) Conclusion The Politics of the Post-Keynesian Society
Partisans and Partners

Josh Pacewicz

University of Chicago Press

The conclusion summarizes the book’s main finding—that neoliberal reforms caused community leaders to withdrawal from grassroots parties, thus polarizing American politics—explores caveats, and discusses normative implications. Caveats include the extent to which periodization into Keynesian and Neoliberal periods is justified and the similarity between the historical trajectory of River City, Prairieville, and other American cities. Engaging with Weber, the chapter argues that the book’s argument is about an ideal-typical relationship between a type of statecraft (governance through markets) and public leaders’ political orientation—a relationship that may exist to greater or lesser extent in other cities or non-urban contexts. The chapter then extends normative implications of the book’s relational analysis of the public sphere, arguing that the public sphere should communicate meaningful information about policy makers to voters and vice-versa. The Keynesian-era public sphere communicated to voters that politics consists of difficult tradeoffs and informed policy makers about local class cleavages. The neoliberal-era public sphere is characterized by a structural deceit: it imparts to voters the false impression that political tradeoffs are avoidable and inflates the visibility of political margins, communicating to politicians that regular people care deeply about hot-button political issues.

Keywords:   public sphere, neoliberalism, Max Weber, structural deceit, ideal types

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