The Submerged State: How Invisible Government Policies Undermine American Democracy
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"Mettler demonstrates convincingly that the submerged state perpetuates economic inequality as well as confusion, ignorance, and apathy. The average citizen would benefit greatly if, as far as possible, Mettler's prescriptions for the reduction of the submerged state were to be effected."--Ursula Hackett "Oxonian Review "
"Important and provocative."--Jeffery A. Jenkins, University of Virginia "Congress & the Presidency "
"[I]nformative [and] engaging. . . . This is an important, well-reasoned, welcome volume. Highly recommended."--D. R. Imig "Choice "
"Americans want government policies to be transparent, straightforward, and fair, but many social programs are confusing and opaque and shower benefits disproportionately on the well-to-do. In this timely, penetrating, and highly readable book, Suzanne Mettler illuminates the hidden government benefits and subsidies that comprise our 'submerged state' and demonstrates how its murky operation impairs democratic practice and weakens civic engagement."--Eric M. Patashnik, University of Virginia
"The Submerged State is a vitally important analysis for anyone who has bemoaned the inertia and inequities of modern US politics."--Times Higher Education