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Equality in America
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1. Egalitarian Dilemmas 2. The Two Hundred Years' War 3. The Leaders 4. Accord and Discord 5. A Common Language of Equality 6. Group Positions 7. Political Parties 8. Equality of Income 9. Equality of Influence 10. Economics and Politics 11. Equality in Perspective Appendix A. Sampling Opinion Appendix B. Factor Analysis Appendix C. Testing for Group-Specific Structure Appendix D. Scale Construction and Group Differences Appendix E. Leadership Questionnaire Notes Index

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Sidney Verba and Gary Orren have illuminated, as few others could, the practical search for equality. Do we believe America is fair? Yes, but we believe in equalities of various and often contradictory kinds. Do we behave in light of what we believe? Yes, but what is equal for some may be a form of disentitlement for others. As no work of our time, this defines the subject and puts the questions. -- Daniel Patrick Moynihan

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Sidney Verba (1932-2019) was Carl H. Pforzheimer University Professor, Emeritus, and Research Professor of Government at Harvard University. Gary R. Orren is V. O. Key, Jr., Professor of Politics and Leadership at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government.

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Sidney Verba and Gary Orren explore the views of leaders of ten groups-business, farm, organized labor, intellectuals, Republicans, Democrats, blacks, feminists, media, and youth... [They] demonstrate that in America there is a stronger commitment to political equality than in any other developed nation. At the same time, Americans hold views and adopt policies that produce one of the lowest levels of economic equality. -- Thomas B. Edsall * New Republic *
This lucid, jargon-free analysis of one of the basic governing ideals underlying our political life is a must. * Choice *
To understand how Americans view equality and the various policy issues that are associated with it is central to an understanding of the Reagan era. As of now, no one can discuss the topic unless he has absorbed the lessons of Equality in America. It is must reading. -- Seymour Martin Lipset, Caroline Munro Professor of Political Science and Sociology, Stanford University
Sidney Verba and Gary Orren have illuminated, as few others could, the practical search for equality. Do we believe America is fair? Yes, but we believe in equalities of various and often contradictory kinds. Do we behave in light of what we believe? Yes, but what is equal for some may be a form of disentitlement for others. As no work of our time, this defines the subject and puts the questions. -- Daniel Patrick Moynihan

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