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SEE ON THE RIGHT COLUMN 3 PAGES UNDER CONSTRUCTION AND EVOLUTION:

1) OBAMA – ANALYSIS

2) OBAMA: THE TRANSITION

3) OBAMA’S NEW DEAL: POLICIES

Barack Obama’s decisive defeat of John McCain is the most important victory of a Democratic candidate since 1932. Together with the subcrime recession, it brings to a close the Reagan-Friedman era.

It has been manufactured, under David Axelrod’s strategy (already his strategist in 2004 for the Senate), through a unique combination of 3 closely inter-related factors, that will enter future political science handbooks:

1) clear message: please look at  19 October, 2006 “One hour with Charlie Rose” – he was basically saying the same  already in 2004 (video start) and 2006 (interview); but, Packer (quoted below) adds: a kaleidoscope of evolving messages towards different constituencies

2) unprecedented and enthusiastic participation from below

3) use of technology, the Internet and web 2.0.

In order to begin an analysis of times to come, here are some early reading suggestions to start with:

1) NEW KEYNESIANISM

Susstein and Thaler: Nudge

Cass Sunstein, the Harvard law professor and author, was Obama’s colleague for many years at the University of Chicago Law School. Sunstein’s most recent book, “Nudge,” co-written with the behavioral economist Richard Thaler, tries to find a new path between governmental control and the unfettered free market. “Nudge,” Sunstein said, is about “ways of helping people to make better choices without requiring anybody to do anything. It’s a conception of government that is reluctant to impose mandates and bans but is kind of shrewd about enlisting what we know about human behavior in good directions.” Sunstein added that the book is well known in Obama’s circle; Obama’s top economic adviser, Austan Goolsbee, also of the University of Chicago, has read it, and Sunstein has discussed its ideas with Obama. (quotation from Packer)

2) NEW LIBERALISM

http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2008/11/17/081117fa_fact_packer

As Roosevelt did with the New Deal, Obama has represented different versions of moral leadership to different groups of voters.

THE NEW LIBERALISM

How the economic crisis can help Obama redefine the Democrats.

by George Packer

Obama made a greater commitment to specific plans than Roosevelt did. Yet he, too, represented different versions of moral leadership to different groups of voters, at various stages of the campaign. (…) 

 there is the “post-partisan” Obama and the “progressive” Obama. Some tension exists between these two approaches, but he will have to reconcile them if he is to fulfill his ambition of bringing profound change to the country.

3) NEW AGE

BEYOND THE REAGAN – FRIEDMAN and CLINTON- GREENSPAN GILDED AGE

THE MILLENNIAL GENERATION  AND THE DIGITAL LONG WAVE ENTER INTO THE POLITICAL ARENA.

The best introduction to, and synthesis on the different components of Obama’s biopolitical paradigm is:

GIULIANO DA EMPOLI (2008), Obama.  La politica nell’era di Facebook. Padova: Marsilio.

He observes that for the first time ever, the web 2.0 participants to the Obama campaign could communicate horizontally among them: this is more a Movement than just a Campaign,

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