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With the economic crisis, intense partisan gridlock, and social movements like the Tea Party and Occupy Wall Street, American Democracy in Peril encapsulates the tumultuous state of American politics more than ever. Hudson's provocative book offers a structured, yet critical look at the functioning of the American political system. This new edition incorporates the far-ranging impact of the Obama presidency-and the polarization that has accompanied it-along with these key updates: New discussion of the barriers of the separation of powers system, including the tortured politics of health care reform, the threats of government shutdown over deficit reform, and the use of institutional vetoes to prevent economic stimulus measures. New developments from the last election cycles, including changes in party politics, campaign funding, campaign media technologies and social media, and efforts at voter suppression. Fresh examination of the financial deregulation that led to the crisis, the massive financial bailout, and rising economic inequality. New insight regarding Obama's continuity with Bush-era national security practices from the use of secrecy to centralized executive control of policy.
William E. Hudson is professor of political science at Providence College, where he teaches courses in American politics and public policy. He currently serves as director of the Public Administration Program and was the founding director of the Feinstein Institute for Public Service. He is the author of The Libertarian Illusion, also published by CQ Press, and Experiencing Citizenship: Concepts and Models for Service-Learning in Political Science (with-Richard Battistoni). Hudson has published numerous articles on public policy issues in journals such as Political Science Quarterly, Polity, Western Political Quarterly, Economic Development Quarterly, and Policy Studies Journal.
Table of Contents
|Tables and Figures||p. xi|
|Introduction: Models of Democracy||p. 1|
|Precursors to Modern Democratic Theory||p. 3|
|Protective Democracy||p. 8|
|Developmental Democracy||p. 10|
|Pluralist Democracy||p. 12|
|Participatory Democracy||p. 15|
|The Models Compared||p. 18|
|Suggestions for Further Reading||p. 23|
|The First Challenge: Separation of Powers||p. 25|
|The Founders' Work||p. 26|
|The Jeffersonian Model||p. 29|
|The Separation of Powers and Democratic Values||p. 32|
|The Parliamentary Alternative||p. 50|
|Meeting the Challenge: Bridging the Separation of Powers||p. 59|
|Thought Questions||p. 62|
|Suggestions for Further Reading||p. 63|
|Selected Websites||p. 65|
|The Second Challenge: The Imperial Judiciary||p. 67|
|The Least Democratic Branch||p. 71|
|A Brief History of Judicial Review||p. 73|
|Two Cases of Judicial Usurpation||p. 81|
|Can Judicial Review Be Made Consistent With Democracy?||p. 88|
|The Judicialization of American Politics as a Challenge to Democracy||p. 95|
|Meeting the Challenge: Revitalize American Democracy||p. 98|
|Thought Questions||p. 101|
|Suggestions for Further Reading||p. 101|
|Selected Websites||p. 103|
|The Third Challenge: Radical Individualism||p. 105|
|Individualism in the American Tradition||p. 107|
|American "Habits of the Heart"||p. 111|
|The Flaws of Libertarianism||p. 116|
|Our Pathological Politics of Rights and Interests||p. 125|
|The Failed Opportunity to Build Community After 9/11||p. 131|
|Meeting the Challenge: Balancing Rights With Responsibilities||p. 133|
|Thought Questions||p. 135|
|Suggestions for Further Reading||p. 136|
|Selected Websites||p. 137|
|The Fourth Challenge: Citizen Participation||p. 139|
|Citizen Participation and Democratic Theory||p. 140|
|Citizen Political Participation||p. 143|
|Signs of Civic Disengagement||p. 153|
|The New Citizen Activism||p. 158|
|Participation as a Challenge to Democracy||p. 161|
|Meeting the Challenge: More Participation, Not Less||p. 168|
|Thought Questions||p. 171|
|Suggestions for Further Reading||p. 171|
|Selected Websites||p. 173|
|The Fifth Challenge: Elections Without the People's Voice||p. 175|
|Equal Representation||p. 177|
|Meeting the Challenge: Reform Electoral institutions, Promote Democratic Deliberation||p. 214|
|Thought Questions||p. 219|
|Suggestions for Further Reading||p. 219|
|Selected Websites||p. 220|
|The Sixth Challenge: The "Privileged Position" of Business||p. 223|
|American Politics as Pluralist Heaven||p. 224|
|Business: The Privileged Group||p. 227|
|Why Business Privilege Is a Threat to Democracy||p. 242|
|Objections to the Privileged-Position-of-Business Thesis||p. 250|
|Meeting the Challenge: Democratic Action to Reduce Business Privilege||p. 255|
|Thought Questions||p. 258|
|Suggestions for Further Reading||p. 259|
|Selected Websites||p. 260|
|The Seventh Challenge: Economic Inequality||p. 263|
|Equality and Democratic Theory||p. 266|
|The End of the American Dream?||p. 272|
|Economic Inequality's Challenge to Democracy||p. 296|
|Meeting the Challenge: Policies to Promote Equality||p. 300|
|Thought Questions||p. 305|
|Suggestions for Further Reading||p. 305|
|Selected Websites||p. 306|
|The Eighth Challenge: The National Security State||p. 309|
|The Burgeoning of the National Security State||p. 311|
|Meeting the Challenge: Reform to Achieve True Security||p. 349|
|Thought Questions||p. 354|
|Suggestions for Further Reading||p. 354|
|Selected Websites||p. 356|
|About the Author||p. 433|
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