Only in America? The Politics of the United States in Comparative Perspective

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Preface
1.
The Spectator, 24 January 1997.
2.
Gøsta Esping-Andersen, The Three Worlds of Welfare Capitalism ( Cambridge: Polity Press, 1990).
3.
Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America, vols. 1 and 2 ( New York: Knopf, 1948).
4.
Werner Sombart, Why Is There No Socialism in the United States? trans. Patricia M. Hocking and C. T. Husbands ( London: Macmillan, 1976; first published 1905).
5.
Louis Hartz, The Liberal Tradition in America ( New York: Harcourt, Brace, 1955).
6.
Samuel Beer, Modern British Politics ( London: Faber and Faber, 1965).
7.
His main work in this area is Seymour Martin Lipset, American Exceptionalism: A Double-Edged Sword ( New York: Norton, 1996). See also Byron E. Shafer, ed., Is America Different? A New Look at American Exceptionalism ( Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1991); James Morone, The Democratic Wish: Popular Participation and the Limits of American Government ( New York: Basic Books, 1990); Richard J. Ellis, American Political Cultures ( New York: Oxford University Press, 1993); and Robert Wiebe, Self Rule: A Cultural History of American Democracy ( Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1995).

Chapter I. Difference
1.
For a useful discussion of some aspects of methodological problems, see Seymour Martin Lipset, American Exceptionalism: A Double-Edged Sword ( New York: Norton, 1996), 23-28.
2.
For one of many descriptions of the American ideal, see Lawrence Fuchs , American Kaleidoscope: Race, Ethnicity, and the Civic Culture ( Hanover, N.H.: Wesleyan University Press, 1990), esp. chap. 1.
3.
For an interpretation of Lincoln's ideas, see J. David Greenstone, The Lincoln Persuasion: Remaking American Liberalism ( Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1993).

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  • Title Page i
  • Contents iii
  • Preface v
  • I - Difference 1
  • 2 - Cultural Interpretations of American Politics 17
  • 3 - The Content of American Politics 41
  • 4 - The Size of Government 60
  • 5 - E Pluribus . . .? 86
  • Conclusion 101
  • 6 - Institutions 103
  • Conclusion 125
  • 7 - Conclusion 126
  • Appendix 133
  • Notes 147
  • References 157
  • Index 163
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