American democracy in peril : eight challenges to America's future /
William E. Hudson.
5th ed.
Washington, D.C. : CQ Press, c2006.
xvii, 412 p.
1933116730 (alk. paper)
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Washington, D.C. : CQ Press, c2006.
1933116730 (alk. paper)
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Author Affiliation
William E. Hudson is professor of political science at Providence College
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William Hudson's critical and provocative text urges students not just to think about how American democracy functions, but also to examine why American democracy has become what it is today. Hudson identifies eight major challenges to the strength of the political system, directly laying out the ways in which these developments erode the very foundations of American democracy: Does judicial activism eliminate the voice of the people in American policymaking? To what extent should Americans sacrifice their civil liberties in the interest of national security? Does the ?American Dream? still exist given the degree of inequality in the United States? Ever challenging students? apathy or antipathy of politics, Hudson provides critical, but balanced recommendations for reform, while emphasizing that the strength of the U.S. political system rests on the ability to respond successfully to these pressing issues.
Table of Contents
Tables and Figuresp. XI
Prefacep. XIII
Introduction: Models of Democracyp. 1
Precursors to Modern Democratic Theoryp. 3
Protective Democracyp. 8
Developmental Democracyp. 10
Pluralist Democracyp. 12
Participatory Democracyp. 15
The Models Comparedp. 18
Suggestions for Further Readingp. 23
The First Challenge: Separation of Powersp. 25
The Founders' Workp. 26
The Jeffersonian Modelp. 29
The Separation of Powers and Democratic Valuesp. 33
The Parliamentary Alternativep. 48
Meeting the Challenge: Bridge the Separation of Powersp. 57
Thought Questionsp. 60
Suggestions for Further Readingp. 61
Selected Web Sitesp. 63
The Second Challenge: The Imperial Judiciaryp. 65
The Least Democratic Branchp. 69
A Brief History of Judicial Reviewp. 71
Two Cases of Judicial Usurpationp. 80
Can Judicial Review Be Made Consistent with Democracy?p. 86
The Judicialization of American Politics as a Challenge to Democracyp. 95
Meeting the Challenge: Revitalize American Democracyp. 100
Thought Questionsp. 103
Suggestions for Further Readingp. 104
Selected Web Sitesp. 105
The Third Challenge: Radical Individualismp. 107
Individualism in the American Traditionp. 109
American "Habits of the Heart"p. 113
The Flaws of Libertarianismp. 118
Our Pathological Politics of Rights and Interestsp. 128
The Failed Opportunity to Build Community after 9/11p. 135
Meeting the Challenge: Balance Rights with Responsibilitiesp. 137
Thought Questionsp. 139
Suggestions for Further Readingp. 139
Selected Web Sitesp. 141
The Fourth Challenge: Citizen Participationp. 143
Citizen Participation and Democratic Theoryp. 144
Citizen Political Participationp. 147
Signs of Civic Disengagementp. 156
The New Citizen Activismp. 161
Participation as a Challenge to Democracyp. 166
Meeting the Challenge: More, Not Less, Participationp. 172
Thought Questionsp. 175
Suggestions for Further Readingp. 175
Selected Web Sitesp. 177
The Fifth Challenge: Trivialized Electionsp. 179
Equal Representationp. 182
Deliberationp. 202
Controlp. 210
Meeting the Challenge: Reform Electoral Institutions, Promote Democratic Deliberationp. 215
Thought Questionsp. 219
Suggestions for Further Readingp. 219
Selected Web Sitesp. 221
The Sixth Challenge: The "Privileged Position" of Businessp. 223
American Politics as Pluralist Heavenp. 224
Business: The "Privileged" Groupp. 227
Why Business Privilege Is a Threat to Democracyp. 241
Objections to the Privileged-Position-of-Business Thesisp. 249
Meeting the Challenge: Democratic Action to Reduce Business Privilegep. 254
Thought Questionsp. 258
Suggestions for Further Readingp. 258
Selected Web Sitesp. 260
The Seventh Challenge: Inequalityp. 263
Equality and Democratic Theoryp. 267
The End of the American Dream?p. 273
The Persistence of Racial Inequalityp. 291
Economic Inequality's Challenge to Democracyp. 297
Meeting the Challenge: Policies to Promote Equalityp. 300
Thought Questionsp. 304
Suggestions for Further Readingp. 305
Selected Web Sitesp. 306
The Eighth Challenge: The National Security Statep. 309
The Burgeoning of the National Security Statep. 311
Secrecyp. 320
Centralizationp. 326
Repressionp. 334
Distortionp. 341
Meeting the Challenge: Reform to Achieve True Securityp. 349
Thought Questionsp. 354
Suggestions for Further Readingp. 355
Selected Web Sitesp. 356
Notesp. 357
Indexp. 395
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