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Hardcover | Out of Print | ISBN: 9780262134644 | 264 pp. | 6 x 9 in | 74 illus.| June 2006
Paperback | Out of Print | ISBN: 9780262633611 | 264 pp. | 6 x 9 in | 74 illus.| January 2008

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Polarized America

The Dance of Ideology and Unequal Riches

About the Authors

Nolan McCarty is Susan Dod Brown Professor of Politics and Public Affairs at Princeton University.

Keith T. Poole is Philip H. Alston Distinguished Professor of the Department of Political Science at the University of Georgia and Professor Emeritus at the University of California, Berkeley.

Howard Rosenthal is Professor of Politics at New York University and Roger Williams Straus Professor Emeritus at Princeton University.


“A breath of fresh air.... A book that will guide and inform the study of polarization for years to come.”—Jeffrey A. Jenkins , Chicago Tribune
“Important.... Essential reading for anyone who wants to understand what's happening to America.”—Paul Krugman , New York Times


“The topic of polarizationits causes and consequenceshas risen to the front of the study of American politics. Nolan McCarty and his coauthors have written the gold standard against which others will be judged. Their analysis of the consequences of polarization has caused me to rethink my belief that there are no real policy consequences to the elite polarization of American politics.”
David W. Brady, Bowen H. and Janice Arthur McCoy Professor of Political Science and Leadership Values, Stanford University


Choice Outstanding Academic Title, 2007.