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Stable Fragmentation in Multicultural America

Paul Starr

in The Fractious Nation?

Published by University of California Press

Published in print June 2003 | ISBN: 9780520220430
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520936911 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520220430.003.0013
Stable Fragmentation in Multicultural America

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This chapter examines more recent aspects of fragmentation in electoral politics. It notes that for Paul Starr the 1996 election, and especially Clinton's victory following the 1994 Republican electoral surge, epitomizes the power of vital popular center. It observes that the clashes for change tend to be fought out in highly circumscribed ways, and there are strong pressures to avoid explosive conflict, as the 1996 presidential election illustrates.

Keywords: fragmentation; electoral politics; Clinton's victory; 1996 presidential election

Chapter.  3973 words. 

Subjects: Social Stratification, Inequality, and Mobility

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