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Elites, the State, and Blocking Progress

This is a bibliography of books that discuss how conservative and right-wing countermovements work with elites and state actors to blunt gains and demands made by labor, left, women's, environmental, and gay groups in the United States. It's just a partial list.

  • Ansell, Amy Elizabeth, ed. 1998. Unraveling the Right: The New Conservatism in American Thought and Politics. New York: Westview.
  • Balz, Daniel J., and Ronald Brownstein. 1996. Storming the Gates: Protest Politics and the Republican Revival. Boston: Little, Brown.
  • Berlet, Chip and Matthew N. Lyons. 2000. Right-Wing Populism in America: Too Close for Comfort. New York: Guilford Press.
  • Berlet, Chip. 1998. “Following the Threads.” In Amy E. Ansell, ed. Unraveling the Right: The New Conservatism in American Thought and Politics (pp. 17–40). Boulder, CO: Westview.
  • Burch, Philip H., Jr. 1973. “The NAM as an Interest Group.” Politics and Society, vol. 4, no. 1.
  • Burch, Philip H., Jr. 1980. Elites in American History: Vol. 3. The New Deal to the Carter Administration. New York: Holmes & Meier.
  • Burch, Philip H., Jr. 1981. Elites in American History: Vol. 1. The Federalist Years to the Civil War. New York: Holmes & Meier.
  • Burch, Philip H., Jr. 1981. Elites in American History: Vol. 2. The Civil War to the New Deal. New York: Holmes & Meier.
  • Burch, Philip H., Jr. 1997. Reagan, Bush, and Right-Wing Politics: Elites, Think Tanks, Power, and Policy: Part A. The American Right Wing Takes Command: Key Executive Appointments. Supplement 1, Vol. 16, Research in Political Economy, Paul Zarembka (Ed.). Greenwich: CT: JAI Press.
  • Diamond, Sara. 1995. Roads to Dominion: Right–Wing Movements and Political Power in the United States. New York: Guilford.
  • Faludi, Susan. 1992. Backlash: The Undeclared War Against American Women. New York: Doubleday.
  • Hardisty, Jean V. 1999. Mobilizing Resentment: Conservative Resurgence from the John Birch Society to the Promise Keepers. Boston: Beacon.
  • Herman, Didi. 1997. The Antigay Agenda: Orthodox Vision and the Christian Right. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
  • Himmelstein, Jerome L. 1990. To The Right: The Transformation of American Conservatism. Berkeley: University of California Press.
  • Kaplan, Esther. 2004. With God on Their Side: How Christian Fundamentalists Trampled Science, Policy, and Democracy in George W. Bush’s White House. New York: The New Press.
  • Kintz, Linda. 1997. Between Jesus and the Market: The Emotions that Matter in Right-Wing America. Durham, NC: Duke University Press.
  • Lo, Clarence Y. H. and Michael Schwartz, eds. 1998. Social Policy and the Conservative Agenda. Malden, MA: Blackwell Publishers.
  • Martin, William. 1996. With God on Our Side: The Rise of the Religious Right in America. New York: Broadway Books.
  • McGirr, Lisa. 2001. Suburban Warriors: The Origins of the New American Right. Princeton: Princeton University Press.
  • Michael Thompson, ed., Confronting the New Conservatism. The Rise of the Right in America. New York, NYU Press.
  • O’Reilly, Kenneth. (1983). Hoover and the Un-Americans: The FBI, HUAC and the Red Menace. Philadelphia, PA: Temple University Press.
  • O’Reilly, Kenneth. (1988). “Racial Matters”: The FBI’s Secret File on Black America, 1960–1972. New York: Free Press.
  • Oshinsky, David M. (1976). Senator Joseph McCarthy and the American Labor Movement. Columbia: University of Missouri Press.
  • Pell, Eve. (1984). The Big Chill: How the Reagan Administration, Corporate America, and Religious Conservatives are Subverting Free Speech and the Public’s Right to Know. Boston: Beacon Press.
  • Pencak, William. (1989). For God and Country: The American Legion, 1919–1941. Boston: Northeastern University Press.
  • Ribuffo, Leo P. 1983. The Old Christian Right: The Protestant Far Right from the Great Depression to the Cold War. Philadelphia: Temple University Press.
  • Rowell, Andrew. (1996). Green Backlash: Global Subversion of the Environmental Movement. New York: Routledge.
  • Switzer, Jacqueline Vaughn. (1997). Green Backlash: The History and Politics of the Environmental Opposition in the U.S. Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner.

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