American insecurity : why our economic fears lead to by Adam Seth Levine

By Adam Seth Levine

Americans this present day face no scarcity of threats to their monetary health and wellbeing, reminiscent of task and retirement lack of confidence, wellbeing and fitness care expenses, and spiraling university university. whereas one may anticipate that those matters might inspire humans to turn into extra politically working on the problems, this usually does not take place, and the ensuing state of being inactive consists of results for political debates and public coverage. relocating past formerly studied boundaries to political association, American Insecurity sheds mild at the public's state of no activity over monetary insecurities by means of displaying that the rhetoric surrounding those concerns is absolutely self-undermining. by means of their nature, the very arguments meant to mobilize individuals--asking them to dedicate cash or time to politics--remind voters in their financial fears and private constraints, resulting in undermobilization and nonparticipation.

Adam Seth Levine explains why the set of people that turn into politically lively on monetary lack of confidence matters is hence rather slender. whilst funds is required, purely those that care in regards to the concerns yet usually are not in my view affected get involved. whilst time is required, participation is restricted to these no longer in my opinion affected or people who find themselves in my opinion affected yet open air of the exertions strength with time to spare. The latter explains why it's quite effortless to mobilize retirees on themes that replicate own monetary issues, comparable to Social safety and Medicare. ordinarily, even though, while political illustration calls for a wide staff to make their case, financial lack of confidence threats are uniquely disadvantaged.

Scrutinizing the rules of political habit, American Insecurity bargains a brand new point of view on collective participation.

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Edu Background image © Vinod K. Pillai/Shutterstock. Jacket image © Paul Cowan/Shutterstock. Jacket design by Carmina Alvarez. All Rights Reserved Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Levine, Adam Seth, 1981– American insecurity : why our economic fears lead to political inaction / Adam Seth Levine, Princeton University. pages cm Summary: “Americans today face no shortage of threats to their financial well-being, such as job and retirement insecurity, health care costs, and spiraling college tuition.

For their time, attention, and excellent feedback and questions I thank seminar participants at Stony Brook University, Cornell University, University of California–Merced, Indiana University, Vanderbilt University, Northwestern University, Arizona State University, numerous APSA and MPSA conferences, the New York Political Psychology Meeting, and the International Meeting on Experimental and Behavioral Social Sciences at Oxford University. I am also thankful for the opportunity to speak, and the wonderful questions I received, from several Cornell alumni groups in central and southern New Jersey, New York City, St.

I’d like to spend a few moments acknowledging them here. I start where it all began, with my undergraduate advisor Bob Frank. As a junior in college I gained my first experience conducting social science research while working with him on a project related to economic inequality. He then inspired me to continue my studies at the graduate level and, perhaps most importantly, sparked a longstanding interest in using social science tools to explain the causes and consequences of economic insecurity and inequality.

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