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Does American democracy still work? [electronic resource] /
Alan Wolfe.
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New Haven : Yale University Press, c2006.
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216 p.
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0300108591 (cloth : alk. paper), 9780300108590
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New Haven : Yale University Press, c2006.
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0300108591 (cloth : alk. paper)
9780300108590
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The new politics of democracy -- Democracy without information -- Democracy without accountability -- Democracy without institutions -- Democracy without disinterest -- Democracy without justice -- The rise of conservative democracy.
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8839757
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. [191]-203) and index.
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4"A startling, devastating critique of contemporary American democracy from one of the country's most measured and respected social and political thinkers."- Thomas E. Mann
4"A startling, devastating critique of contemporary American democracy from one of the country's most measured and respected social and political thinkers."-Thomas E. Mann -- Thomas E. Mann
"Alan Wolfe, a committed democrat, with a small ''d,'' has written a searing account of the state of American democracy. The growth of cultural populist politics and growing partisan polarization and unity has created an unaccountable government. He brings home the stakes in our elections; not just which party governs but whether we revive our liberal democracy."U.S. Representative Rosa L. DeLauro
"Alan Wolfe, a committed democrat, with a small 'd,' has written a searing account of the state of American democracy. The growth of cultural populist politics and growing partisan polarization and unity has created an unaccountable government. He brings home the stakes in our elections; not just which party governs but whether we revive our liberal democracy."- U.S. Representative Rosa L. DeLauro
"Alan Wolfe, a committed democrat, with a small ''d, '' has written a searing account of the state of American democracy. The growth of cultural populist politics and growing partisan polarization and unity has created an unaccountable government. He brings home the stakes in our elections; not just which party governs but whether we revive our liberal democracy."-- U.S. Representative Rosa L. DeLauro
"Alan Wolfe, a committed democrat, with a small 'd, ' has written a searing account of the state of American democracy. The growth of cultural populist politics and growing partisan polarization and unity has created an unaccountable government. He brings home the stakes in our elections; not just which party governs but whether we revive our liberal democracy."-U.S. Representative Rosa L. DeLauro
"Alan Wolfe, a committed democrat, with a small 'd,' has written a searing account of the state of American democracy. The growth of cultural populist politics and growing partisan polarization and unity has created an unaccountable government. He brings home the stakes in our elections; not just which party governs but whether we revive our liberal democracy."�U.S. Representative Rosa L. DeLauro
"Alan Wolfe, a committed democrat, with a small "d," has written a searing account of the state of American democracy. The growth of cultural populist politics and growing partisan polarization and unity has created an unaccountable government. He brings home the stakes in our elections; not just which party governs but whether we revive our liberal democracy."-U.S. Representative Rosa L. DeLauro -- Rosa L. DeLauro
Alan Wolfe, a committed democrat, with a small "d," has written a searing account of the state of American democracy. The growth of cultural populist politics and growing partisan polarization and unity has created an unaccountable government. He brings home the stakes in our elections; not just which party governs but whether we revive our liberal democracy."-U.S. Representative Rosa L. DeLauro -- Rosa L. DeLauro
"Alan Wolfe, always a keen analyst of the American scene, presents a compelling and often passionate account of how to restore genuine democracy in America."-Howard Gardner, author of Changing Minds
"Alan Wolfe, always a keen analyst of the American scene, presents a compelling and often passionate account of how to restore genuine democracy in America."Howard Gardner, author ofChanging Minds
"Alan Wolfe, always a keen analyst of the American scene, presents a compelling and often passionate account of how to restore genuine democracy in America."�Howard Gardner, author of Changing Minds
"Alan Wolfe, always a keen analyst of the American scene, presents a compelling and often passionate account of how to restore genuine democracy in America."Howard Gardner, author of Changing Minds
"Alan Wolfe argues that while the extent of American democracy has increased greatly, its quality has declined notably in recent decades. His book, Does American Democracy Still Work? , will be widely read, ardently debated, and highly influential."-Martin Shefter, Cornell University
"Alan Wolfe argues that while theextentof American democracy has increased greatly, itsqualityhas declined notably in recent decades. His book,Does American Democracy Still Work?, will be widely read, ardently debated, and highly influential."Martin Shefter, Cornell University
"Alan Wolfe argues that while the "extent" of American democracy has increased greatly, its "quality" has declined notably in recent decades. His book, "Does American Democracy Still Work?," will be widely read, ardently debated, and highly influential."-- Martin Shefter, Cornell University
"Alan Wolfe argues that while the extent of American democracy has increased greatly, its quality has declined notably in recent decades. His book, Does American Democracy Still Work?, will be widely read, ardently debated, and highly influential."-Martin Shefter, Cornell University
"Alan Wolfe argues that while the extent of American democracy has increased greatly, its quality has declined notably in recent decades. His book, Does American Democracy Still Work?, will be widely read, ardently debated, and highly influential."�Martin Shefter, Cornell University
"Alan Wolfe argues that while the extentof American democracy has increased greatly, its qualityhas declined notably in recent decades. His book, Does American Democracy Still Work?, will be widely read, ardently debated, and highly influential."Martin Shefter, Cornell University
"Alan Wolfe has written a terse, highly critical book on the ways that American democracy works-and does not work. Above all, he urges that Americans become more politically engaged."-James T. Patterson, Brown University
"Alan Wolfe has written a terse, highly critical book on the ways that American democracy worksand does not work. Above all, he urges that Americans become more politically engaged."James T. Patterson, Brown University
"Alan Wolfe has written a terse, highly critical book on the ways that American democracy works--and does not work. Above all, he urges that Americans become more politically engaged."--James T. Patterson, Brown University
"Alan Wolfe has written a terse, highly critical book on the ways that American democracy works�and does not work. Above all, he urges that Americans become more politically engaged."�James T. Patterson, Brown University
"Alan Wolfe is an important scholar of American society as well as a major public intellectual. He is incapable of writing a dull or irrelevant book."-William Galston, Senior Fellow, Governance Studies Program, Brookings Institution
"Alan Wolfe is an important scholar of American society as well as a major public intellectual. He is incapable of writing a dull or irrelevant book."William Galston, Senior Fellow, Governance Studies Program, Brookings Institution
"Alan Wolfe is an important scholar of American society as well as a major public intellectual. He is incapable of writing a dull or irrelevant book."--William Galston, Senior Fellow, Governance Studies Program, Brookings Institution
"Alan Wolfe is an important scholar of American society as well as a major public intellectual. He is incapable of writing a dull or irrelevant book."�William Galston, Senior Fellow, Governance Studies Program, Brookings Institution
"A startling, devastating critique of contemporary American democracy from one of the country's most measured and respected social and political thinkers."Thomas E. Mann, Brookings Institution
"A startling, devastating critique of contemporary American democracy from one of the country' s most measured and respected social and political thinkers." -- Thomas E. Mann, Brookings Institution
"A startling, devastating critique of contemporary American democracy from one of the country�s most measured and respected social and political thinkers.��Thomas E. Mann, Brookings Institution
"Wolfe is the most interesting public intellectual in the country. His disturbing book provides rich food for thought about the future of our polity."-Sanford Levinson, University of Texas Law School
"Wolfe is the most interesting public intellectual in the country. His disturbing book provides rich food for thought about the future of our polity."Sanford Levinson, University of Texas Law School
"Wolfe is the most interesting public intellectual in the country. His disturbing book provides rich food for thought about the future of our polity."--Sanford Levinson, University of Texas Law School
"Wolfe is the most interesting public intellectual in the country. His disturbing book provides rich food for thought about the future of our polity."�Sanford Levinson, University of Texas Law School
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Summaries
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Identifying the political conditions that endanger the quality of our democracy, this book describes how politics has changed, and calls for a democracy protection movement designed to preserve our political traditions not unlike the environmental protection movement's efforts to safeguard the natural world.
Long Description
The past few decades have brought a shift in the nature of American democracy--an alarming shift that threatens such liberal democratic values as respect for pluralism, acceptance of the separation of powers, and recognition of the rights of opposition parties. In this insightful book, political scientist Alan Wolfe identifies the current political conditions that endanger the quality of our democracy. He describes how politics has changed, and he calls for a democracy protection movement designed to preserve our political traditions not unlike the environmental protection movement's efforts to safeguard the natural world. Voters who know little about issues, leaders who bend rules with little fear of reprisal, and political parties that are losing the ability to mobilize citizens have all contributed to a worrisome new politics of democracy, Wolfe argues. He offers a brilliant analysis of how religion and morality have replaced political and economic self-interest as guiding principles, and how a dangerous populism promotes a radical form of elitism. Without laying blame on one party or ideology and without claiming that matters will improve with one party or the other in office, Wolfe instead suggests that Americans need to understand the danger their own indifference poses and take political matters more seriously.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgmentsp. vii
The New Politics of Democracyp. 1
Democracy Without Informationp. 24
Democracy Without Accountabilityp. 50
Democracy Without Institutionsp. 75
Democracy Without Disinterestp. 106
Democracy Without Justicep. 137
The Rise of Conservative Democracyp. 166
Notesp. 191
Indexp. 204
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