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Published: 04 February 2019

384 Pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780190870799

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State Capture

How Conservative Activists, Big Businesses, and Wealthy Donors Reshaped the American States -- and the Nation

Alex Hertel-Fernandez

  • Provides the first in-depth and accessible history of the rise of cross-state conservative lobbying groups, including the American Legislative Exchange Council, the State Policy Network, and Americans for Prosperity, documenting both their victories and importantly, their missteps, over time
  • Draws on archival evidence, interviews, and original data collection to document why liberals have struggled to build cross-state organizing clout compared to conservatives
  • Spells out the specific policy consequences of conservative cross-state organizing, including its effects on labor market standards, unions, and the Affordable Care Act
  • Sheds new light on the relationship between politicians, activists, donors, and businesses, as well as how businesses shape state policy

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