The Fall of Wisconsin: The Conservative Conquest of a Progressive Bastion and the Future of American Politics

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For many people, the results of the 2016 presidential election were, more than anything, a complete surprise. Had they looked to Wisconsin’s politics over the past ten years, Dan Kauffman argues in /The Fall of Wisconsin, they would have seen the ways that powerful financing and lobbying by special interest groups propelled conservative politicians towards success in a historically progressive state. Wisconsin had not voted for a Republican candidate since Reagan’s 1984 victory, yet Kauffman details how the meticulous weakening of labor union power led to the fragmentation of the state’s noteworthy progressive programs, ultimately resulting in the Republican party becoming the majority in the state.

For Kauffman, the balance of political power in Wisconsin reflects what happened nationally in November 2016, and he points to policies towards labor, the environment, political financing, and education in Wisconsin as the Republican vision for the United States. Kauffman does not go very far out of his way to persuade people who are unlikely to already share his political views, but his use of historical narratives and his inclusion of many individual perspectives and voices make this an informative, on-the-ground look at how political parties and powers rise and fall.


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Author Dan Kaufman
Star Count 4.5/5
Format Hard
Page Count 336 pages
Publisher W. W. Norton & Company
Publish Date 2018-Jul-10
ISBN 9780393635201
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Issue March 2019
Category Current Events & Politics
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