The Great Risk Shift: The New Economic Insecurity and the Decline of the American Dream


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Oxford University Press, USA
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6.1 X 9.2 X 0.9 inches | 0.8 pounds

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About the Author

Jacob S. Hacker is the Stanley B. Resor Professor of Political Science at Yale University and a frequent commentator on American politics and social policy. He is also the coauthor, with Paul Pierson, of Winner-Take-All Politics (Simon & Schuster), American Amnesia (Simon & Schuster) and Off Center: The Republican Revolution and the Erosion of American Democracy (Yale University Press).


"As Jacob Hacker argues persuasively in The Great Risk Shift, America's middle class finds itself living with far more risk and income volatility than it did a generation ago." --Chris Hayes, The Nation

"The essential policy book of the year." --Washington Post

"Provocative and worth reading." --New York Times

"Hacker offers up a new foundation for economic security. This is an important book." --Robert B. Reich, former U.S. Secretary of Labor

"Provides a fresh diagnosis of a familiar complex of problems from structural unemployment to the erosion of retirement plans you can retire on." --The Atlantic

"[This] book deserves the widest possible audience, for having nailed the most powerful and underappreciated economic trend of our era, thereby inviting a discussion of the political opportunities." --Robert Kuttner, American Prospect

"A brilliant diagnosis of how the American dream has dissolved, and what might be done to resurrect it. With cool intelligence but also great compassion, Jacob Hacker shows how both corporate and governmental safety nets have been systematically dismantled, leaving average Americans at the mercy of an increasingly risky global economy." --Charles Ferguson, Director of Inside Job