Chapter

After Eden

Margaret Levi

in Anxieties of Democracy

Published in print March 2012 | ISBN: 9780198077473
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199081745 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198077473.003.0009
After Eden

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This chapter examines the transformation of the landscape of political power in the United States and reflects on the current state of American democracy by looking at the democratizing synergy between political associations and governmental institutions. The emphasis is on labour unions, whose decline in power can be attributed in part to their increasing inability—or perhaps simply lack of commitment—to transform the narrow material interests of members into an aggregate preference for the general weal. This has implications for domestic policies and international trade policy, which the chapter discusses by analysing the politics surrounding outsourcing from the United States to India. The chapter also explores the opposition of many American labour unions and workers to outsourcing, and considers fair trade.

Keywords: United States; democracy; India; political power; outsourcing; labour unions; fair trade; politics; international trade policy

Chapter.  9666 words. 

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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