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American Insecurity: Why Our Economic Fears Lead to Political Inaction

Adam Seth Levine


Americans today face no shortage of threats to their financial well-being, such as job and retirement insecurity, health care costs, and spiraling college tuition. While one might expect that these concerns would motivate people to become more politically engaged on the issues, this often doesn't happen, and the resulting inaction carries consequences for political debates and public policy. Moving beyond previously studied barriers to political organization, this book sheds light on the public's inaction over economic insecurities by showing that the rhetoric surrounding these issues is actua ... More

Keywords: political inaction, politics, political debates, public policy, public inaction, economic insecurity, nonparticipation, financial insecurity, collective participation, political behavior

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780691162966
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691162966.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Adam Seth Levine, author
Cornell University