Cultural Politics Bibliography

Cultural Politics, Liberal and Conservative Visions, and Direct Democracy

A Selected Bibliography

The International Context

Adding Insult to Injury: Nancy Fraser Debates Her Critics, edited by Kevin Olson (London: Verso, 2008).

Butler, Judith, Jürgen Habermas, Charles Taylor, Cornel West, The Power of Religion in the Public Sphere (New York: Columbia University Press, 2011).

Chin, Rita, The Crisis of Multiculturalism in Europe: A History (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2017).

Donnelly, Jack. Universal Human Rights in Theory and Practice, Second Edition (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2003).

Statue of Cardinal
Péter Pázmány de Panasz, a leading figure in the Counter-Reformation in Hungary

Fraser, Nancy. Scales of Justice: Reimagining Political Space in a Globalizing World (New York: Columbia University Press, 2010).

Fraser, Nancy and Axel Honneth. Redistribution or Recognition: A Political-Philosophical Exchange (London: Verso, 2003).

Habermas, Jürgen. An Awareness of What is Missing: Faith and Reason in a Post-Secular Age (Malden, MA: Polity Press, 2011).

Harvey, David, Social Justice and the City, Revised Edition (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2008).

Honneth, Axel. The Struggle for Recognition: The Moral Grammar of Social Conflicts (Cambridge: MIT Press, 1995).

Inglehart, Ronald,and Christian Welzel. Modernization, Cultural Change, and Democracy: The Human Development Sequence (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2005).

Krastev, Ivan, After Europe (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2017).

Micklethwait, John, and Adrian Wooldridge. God Is Back: How the Global Revival of Faith is Changing the World (New York: The Penguin Press, 2010).

Multiculturalism, Edited and Introduced by Amy Gutmann, Charles Taylor et al (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1994).

Mudde, Cas and Cristobal Rovira Kaltwasser, Populism: A Very Short Introduction (New York: Oxford University Press, 2017)

Norris, Pippa, and Ronald Inglehart. Sacred and Secular: Religion and Politics Worldwide, Second Edition (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2011).

Polakow-Suransky, Sasha, Go Back to Where You Came From: The Backlash against Immigration and the Fate of Western Democracy (New York: Nation Books, 2017).

Rosenfeld, Michel.  Law, Justice, Democracy, and the Clash of Cultures: A Pluralist Account (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2011).

United States Political Culture

Abramowitz, Alan I. The Disappearing Center: Engaged Citizens, Polarization, & American Democracy (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2010).

Abramowitz, Alan I. The Polarized Public? Why American Government is So Dysfunctional (Boston: Pearson Education, 2013).

Alterman, Eric & Kevin Mattson. The Cause: The Fight for American Liberalism from Franklin Roosevelt to Barack Obama (N.Y.: Viking, 2012).

Appiah, Kwame Anthony. The Ethics of Identity (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2005).

Bartels, Larry M. Unequal Democracy: The Political Economy of the New Gilded Age (New York: Russell Sage, 2008).

Bishop, Bill.  The Big Sort: Why the Clustering of Like-Minded America is Tearing Us Apart (Houghton Mifflin, 2009).

Borstelmann, Thomas. The 1970s: A New Global History from Civil Rights to Economic Inequality (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2012.

Ceaser, James W. and Andrew E. Busch.  Red Over Black: The 2004 Elections and American Politics (Rowman & Littlefield, 2005).

Ceasar, James W., Andrew E. Busch and John J. Pitney, Jr. Epic Journey: The 2008 Elections and American Politics (Rowman & Littlefield, 2009).

Critchlow, Donald T. The Conservative Ascendancy: How the Republican Right Rose to Power in Modern America, Second Edition, Revised and Expanded (Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, 2011).

Cultural Wars in American Politics: Critical Reviews of a Popular Myth, edited by Rhys H. Williams (New York: Walter De Gruyter, 1997).

D'Antonio, William V. et al.  Religion, Politics, and Polarization: How Religiopolitical Conflict is Changing Congress and American Democracy (Rowman and Littlefield, 2013)

Deslippe, Dennis. Protesting Affirmative Action: The Struggle over Equality after the Civil Rights Revolution (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2011).

Dionne, E. J. Jr. Our Divided Political Heart: The Battle for the American Idea in an Age of Discontent (New York: Bloomsbury, 2012).

Dochuk, Darren. From Bible Belt to Sun Belt: Plain-Folk Religion, Grassroots Politics, and the Rise of Evangelical Conservatism (New York: W.W. Norton, 2011).

Edsall, Thomas Byrne, with Mary D. Edsall, Chain Reaction: The Impact of Race, Rights, and Taxes on American Politics, With a New Afterword (New York: W.W. Norton, 1992).

Edsall, Thomas Byrne. The Age of Austerity: How Scarcity will Remake American Politics (New York: Doubleday, 2012).

Fiorina Morris P. with Samuel J. Abrams, Disconnect: The Breakdown of Representation in American Politics (Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2009).

Fiorina Morris P. with Samuel J. Abrams and Jeremy C. Pope, Culture War? The Myth of a Polarized America, Third Edition (Boston: Longman, 2011)

Formicola, Jo Renée. The Politics of Values: Games Political Strategists Play (Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield, 2008).

Fowler, Robert Booth. Enduring Liberalism: American Political Thought Since the 1960s (Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, 1999).

Gelman, Andrew.  Red State, Blue State, Rich State, Poor State: Why Americans Vote the Way They Do, Expanded Edition (Princeton, 2010).

Graham, Hugh Davis. Collision Course: The Strange Convergence of Affirmative Action and Immigration Policy in America (New York: Oxford University Press, 2002).

Gallagher, John, and Chris Bull, Perfect Enemies: The Battle Between the Religious Right and the Gay Movement, Updated Edition (Lanham, MD: Madison Books, 2001).

Gays and Lesbians in the Democratic Process: Public Policy, Public Opinion, and Political Representation, edited by Ellen D.B. Riggle and Barry L. Tadlock (New York: Columbia University Press, 1999).

Hartman, Andrew.  A War for the Soul of America: A History of the Culture Wars (University of Chicago Press, 2015)

Hasen, Richard L. The Voting Wars: From Florida 2000 to the Next Election Meltdown (Yale University Press, 2012).

Hetherington, Marc J. Why Trust Matters: Declining Political Trust and the Demise of American Liberalism (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2005).

Hetherington, Marc J., and Jonathan D. Weiler. Authoritarianism & Polarization in American Politics (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2009).

Hollinger, David. Postethnic America: Beyond Multiculturalism, tenth anniversary expanded edition (New York: Basic Books, 2006).

Hogue, Andrew P.  Stumping God: Reagan, Carter, and the Invention of a Political Faith (Waco: Baylor University Press, 2012).

Jones, Robert P., The End of White Christian America (New York: Simon and Schuster, 2016). 

Kabaservice, Geoffrey. Rule and Ruin: The Downfall of Moderation and the Destruction of the Republican Party, From Eisenhower to the Tea Party (New York: Oxford University Press, 2012).

King, Richard H.  Civil Rights and the Idea of Freedom (New York: Oxford University Press, 1992).

Kloppenberg, James T.  Reading Obama: Dreams, Hopes, and the American Political Tradition (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2011).

Levendusky, Matthew. The Partisan Sort: How Liberals Became Democrats and Conservatives Became Republicans (University of Chicago, 2009).

Mann, Thomas E. and Norman Ornstein.  It's Even Worse Than It Looks: How the American Constitutional System Collided with the New Politics of Extremism (New York: Basic Books, 2012).

Mettler, Suzanne.  The Submerged Sate: How Invisible Government Policies Undermine American Democracy (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2011).

Montgomery, Peter, "The Tea Party and the Religious Right Movements: Frenemies with Benefits," in Steep: The Precipitous Rise of the Tea Party, edited by Lawrence Rosenthal and Christine Trost (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2012), 242 -- 274.

Parker, Christopher S. and Matt A. Barreto. Change They Can't Believe In: The Tea Party and Reactionary Politics in America (Princeton: 2013).

Pinello, Daniel R. America’s Struggle for Same-Sex Marriage (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2006).

The Politics of Same-Sex Marriage, edited by Craig A. Rimmerman and Clyde Wilcox (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2007).

Popkin, Samuel L. The Candidate: What It Takes To Win and Hold The White House (Oxford University Press, 2012).

Rodgers, Daniel T. Age of Fracture (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2011).

The Surge: 2014's Big GOP Win and What it Means for the Next Presidential Election, edited by Larry J. Sabato et al (Rowman and Littlefield: 2015).

Sandel, Michael J.  Democracy’s Discontent: America in Search of a Public Philosophy (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1996).

Santorum, Rick. It Takes a Family: Conservatism and the Common Good (Wilmington, DE: ISI Books, 2006).

Scholzman, Kay Lehman, Sidney Verba, and Henry E. Brady.  The Unheavenly Chorus: Unequal Political Voice and the Broken Promise of
American Democracy
(Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2012).

Self, Robert O.  All in the Family: The Realignment of American Democracy Since the 1960s (New York: Hill and Wang, 2012).

Skocpol, Theda, and Vanessa Williamson. The Tea Party and the Remaking of Republican Conservatism (New York: Oxford University Press, 2012).

Skrentny, John David. The Ironies of Affirmative Action: Politics, Culture, and Justice in America Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1996).

Smith, Mark A. Secular Faith: How Culture has Trumped Religion in American Politics (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2015).

Smith, Miriam. Political Institutions and Lesbian and Gay Rights in the United States and Canada (New York: Routledge, 2008).

Wang, Tova Andrea. The Politics of Voter Suppression: Defending and Expanding Americans' Right to Vote (Cornell University Press, 2012).

White, John Kenneth. The Values Divide: American Politics and Culture in Transition (Washington, D.C.: CQ Press, 2003).

Williams, Daniel K. God’s Own Party: The Making of the Christian Right (New York: Oxford University Press, 2010).

Winters, Michael Sean. Left at the Altar: How the Democrats Lost the Catholics and How the Catholics Can Save the Democrats (New York: Basic Books, 2008).

Winters, Michael Sean. God’s Right Hand: How Jerry Falwell Made God a Republican and Baptized the American Right (New York: Harper Collins, 2012).

Direct Democracy

Altman, David. Direct Democracy Worldwide (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2011).

Broder, David S. Democracy Derailed: Initiative Campaigns and the Power of Money, With a New Afterword by the Author (New York: Harcourt, 2000).

Citizens as Legislators: Direct Democracy in the United States, edited by Shaun Bowler, Todd Donovan, Caroline J. Tolbert (Columbus: Ohio State University Press, 1998).

Cronin, Thomas E. Direct Democracy: The Politics of Initiative, Referendum, and Recall (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1999).

Democracy in the States: Experiments in Election Reform, edited by Bruce E. Cain, Todd Donovan, and Caroline J. Tolbert (Washington, D.C.: Brookings Institution, 2008).

Ellis, Richard J. Democratic Delusions: The Initiative Process in America (Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, 2002).

Gamble, Barbara S. "Putting Civil Rights to a Popular Vote," in American Journal of Political Science, 41 (January 1997), 245 – 269.

Gerber, Elisabeth R. The Populist Paradox: Interest Group Influence and the Promise of Direct Legislation (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1999).

Goebel, Thomas. Direct Democracy in America, 1890 – 1940 (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2002).

Grummel, John A. "Morality Politics, Direct Democracy, and Turnout," in State Politics and Policy Quarterly, 8 (Fall 2008), 282 – 292.

Haider-Markel, Donald P., Alana Querze, and Kara Lindaman, "Lose, Win, or Draw: A Reexamination of Direct Democracy and Minority Rights," in Political Research Quarterly, 60 (June 2007), 304 – 314.

Magleby, David B. Direct Legislation: Voting on Ballot Propositions in the United States (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1984).

Matsusaka, John G. For the Many or the Few: The Initiative, Public Policy, and American Democracy (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2004).

Miller, Kenneth P. Direct Democracy and the Courts (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2009).

Nicholson, Stephen P. Voting the Agenda: Candidates, Elections, and Ballot Propositions (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2005).

Smith, Daniel A. Tax Crusaders and the Politics of Direct Democracy (new York: Routledge, 1998).

Smith, Daniel A., and Caroline J. Tolbert. Educated by Initiative: The Effects of Direct Democracy on Citizens and Politics Organizations in the American States (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2004).

Smith, Daniel A., Matthew DeSantis, and Jason Kassel. "Same-Sex Marriage Ballot Measures and the 2004 Presidential Election," in State and Local Government Review, 38, 2 (2006), 78 – 91.


Allswang, John M. The Initiative and Referendum in California, 1898 – 1998 (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2000).

Baldassare, Mark, and Cheryl Katz. The Coming of Age of Direct Democracy: California’s Recall and Beyond (Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield, 2008).

Brilliant, Mark. The Color of America Has Changed: How Racial Diversity Shaped Civil Rights Reform in California, 1941 – 1978 (New York: Oxford University Press, 2010).

Chávez, Lydia. The Color Bind: California’s Battle to End Affirmative Action (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1998).

Egan , Patrick J. and Kenneth Sherrill, "California’s Proposition 8: What Happened, and What Does the Future Hold?" (2009), A Report Commissioned by the Evelyn & Walter Haas, Jr. Fund in San Francisco, accessed March 14, 2012,

HoSang, Daniel Martinez. Racial Propositions: Ballot Initiatives and the Making of Postwar California (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2010).

Lewis, Gregory B. and Charles W. Gossett, "Changing Public Opinion on Same Sex Marriage: The Case of California," Politics & Policy, 36, 1 (2008), 4 – 30.

Remaking California: Reclaiming the Public Good, edited by R. Jeffrey Lustig, (Berkeley: Heyday, 2010).

Schrag, Peter. California: America’s High-Stakes Experiment, With a New Preface (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2008).

Schrag, Peter. Paradise Lost: California’s Experience, America’s Future (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1999).

Schrag, Peter, "Drowning Democracy: Our century of voter initiatives," in Boom: A Journal of California, 1 (Fall 2011), 13 -- 29.

Sides, Josh, "Sexual Propositions: The bedroom and the ballot," in Boom: A Journal of California, 1 (Fall 2011), 30 -- 43. 

Sears, David O., and Jack Citrin. Tax Revolt: Something for Nothing in California, Enlarged Edition (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1985).

Stealing the Initiative: How State Government Responds to Direct Democracy, edited by Elisabeth R. Gerber, Arthur Lupia, Matthew D. McCubbins, D. Roderick Kiewiet (Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice-Hall, 2001).