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Polarization and the Politics of Personal Responsibility$
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Mark D. Brewer and Jeffrey M. Stonecash

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780190239817

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190239817.001.0001

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Focusing the Debate

Focusing the Debate

Growing Partisan Differences

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(p.118) (p.119) 9 Focusing the Debate
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Polarization and the Politics of Personal Responsibility
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Mark D. Brewer

Jeffrey M. Stonecash

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190239817.003.0009

Survey data available from the 1950s to now show a growing divide between Democrats and Republicans about whether individuals or government should be responsible for matters such as securing a job and health care. This divide is fundamental to the partisan polarization we see now. Conservatives have mobilized to oppose the growth of the welfare state.

Keywords:   personal responsibility, government provision, health insurance, jobs, policy polarization, partisan divisions

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