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Red State Blues

Red State Blues
How the Conservative Revolution Stalled in the States

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  • Publication planned for: October 2019
  • availability: Not yet published - available from October 2019
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108701754

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  • Over the last quarter century, a nationalized and increasingly conservative Republican Party made unprecedented gains at the state level, winning control of 24 new state governments. Liberals and conservatives alike anticipated far-reaching consequences, but what has the Republican revolution in the states achieved? Red State Blues shows that, contrary to liberals' fears, conservative state governments have largely failed to enact policies that advance conservative goals or reverse prior liberal gains. Matt Grossmann tracks policies and socioeconomic outcomes across all 50 states, interviews state insiders, and considers the full issue agenda. Although Republicans have been effective at staying in power, they have not substantially altered the nature or reach of government. Where they have had policy victories, the consequences on the ground have been surprisingly limited. A sober assessment of Republican successes and failures after decades of electoral victories, Red State Blues highlights the stark limits of the conservative ascendancy.

    • Assesses the policy and socio-economic consequences of unprecedented Republican gains in state governments over the last 25 years
    • Leverages sweeping data on policies and policy outcomes across all 50 states, as well as interviews with state insiders and analyses of specific states and policy areas from taxes to healthcare
    • Sheds light on inherent governing challenges for Republicans at all levels of government and for conservative parties worldwide
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    • Publication planned for: October 2019
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108701754
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 mm
    • availability: Not yet published - available from October 2019
  • Table of Contents

    1. Leviathan's resilience
    2. The rise of Republican rule
    3. Sticky liberal policymaking
    4. Conservative dilemmas in action
    5. The mostly missing results of Republican policies
    6. The elusive red state model.

  • Author

    Matt Grossmann, Michigan State University
    Matt Grossmann is Director of the Institute for Public Policy and Social Research at Michigan State University and Senior Fellow at the Niskanen Center. A regular contributor to FiveThirtyEight, he has published analysis in The New York Times, The Washington Post, and Politico and hosts the Science of Politics podcast. He is the author of Asymmetric Politics (with David A. Hopkins, 2016), Artists of the Possible (2014), and The Not-So-Special Interests (2012).

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