April 3, 2007
New Book Explains Right Turn in U.S. Politics Since 1980Economist
Dean Baker Provides an Insightful Narrative of U.S. Economic and Political History
For Immediate Release: April 3, 2007
Contact: Lynn Erskine, 202-293-5380 x115
In his new book, The United States Since 1980 (Cambridge University Press), economist Dean Baker describes the
sharp right turn the United States has taken since Ronald Reagan became
president in 1980. Baker explains how Reagan's policies were a break from both
the policies pursued by prior administrations and those pursued in other
wealthy countries. They had the effect of redistributing both before- and
after-tax income upward, so that the bulk of the economic gains over the last
quarter century were directed to a small segment of the population.
The author's analysis explains how both political parties
have largely come to accept the main tenets of Reaganism, putting the United
States on an unsustainable path that is at odds with the rest of the
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Available in hardback and paperback
Available online at: Powell's, Amazon and Cambridge University Press
"Dean Baker superbly narrates the great right turn in
American politics over the past 25 years and explains the profound economic
consequences with clarity. The conservative era has generated enormous
vulnerabilities and inequalities that are now bearing down on American life."
— William Greider, correspondent for The Nation and author
of The Soul of Capitalism: Opening Paths to a Moral Economy
"In a vividly written, remarkably inclusive narrative, Dean
Baker makes sense of contemporary history. He is particularly insightful about
America's changing political economy in global context. There is no better book
on this vital topic."
— Michael Kazin, Professor of
History, Georgetown University
About the Author
Dean Baker is
co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research in Washington, DC.
He is the author of Social Security: The
(with Mark Weisbrot); The
Benefits of Full Employment (with Jared Bernstein); Getting Prices Right: The Battle Over the Consumer
and The Conservative
Nanny State: How the Wealthy Use the Government to Stay Rich and Get Richer. Baker is a frequent guest on TV and radio programs across the country. His blog, Beat the Press, features commentary on economic reporting. He
received his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Michigan.