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As much as policy topics like abortion and same-sex marriage elicit spirited reactions from your students, aren't you looking for ways to get them out of their partisan corners? Ellis and Nelson have found that debating concrete proposals for reforming the political system encourages undergraduates to leave ideology behind and instead sift through competing claims and evidence.
Richard J. Ellis is Mark O. Hatfield Professor of Politics at Willamette University. Among his recent books are Presidential Travel: The Journey from George Washington to George W. Bush (2008) and To the Flag: The Unlikely History of the Pledge of Allegiance (2005). In 2008 he was named the Carnegie Foundation for Advancement of Teaching Oregon Professor of the Year. Michael Nelson is Fulmer Professor of Political Science at Rhodes College, where he teaches courses on U.S. politics, the presidency, and southern politics. He is also a nonresident senior fellow of the Miller Center of Public Affairs at the University of Virginia and a former editor of the Washington Monthly. His recent books include The American Presidency: Origins and Development, 1776-2007 (with Sidney M. Milkis, 5th ed., 2008); How the South Joined the Gambling Nation: The Politics of State Policy Innovation (with John Mason, 2008), which won the Southern Political Science Association's V.O. Key Award for the outstanding book on southern politics; The Elections of 2008 (2010); and The Presidency and the Political System (9th ed., 2010).
Table of Contents
|Resolved, Article V should be revised to make it easier to amend the Constitution and to call a constitutional convention||p. 1|
|Resolved, Congress should restore each state's freedom to set its drinking age||p. 19|
|Public Opinion and Political Participation|
|Resolved, the United States should adopt a national initiative and referendum||p. 36|
|Resolved, broadcasters should be charged a spectrum fee to finance programming in the public interest||p. 53|
|Resolved, political parties should nominate candidates for president in a national primary||p. 70|
|Resolved, the electoral college should be abolished||p. 86|
|Resolved, proportional representation should be adopted for U.S. House elections||p. 103|
|Resolved, the “no cup of coffee” rule should be adopted in Washington||p. 119|
|House of Representatives|
|Resolved, the size of the House of Representatives should be increased to 675 seats||p. 135|
|Resolved, the redistricting process should be nonpartisan||p. 151|
|Resolved, the Senate should represent people, not states||p. 172|
|Resolved, Senate Rule XXII should be amended so that filibusters can be ended by a majority vote||p. 187|
|Resolved, the president should be granted a line item veto||p. 204|
|Resolved, the government should scale back the outsourcing of government jobs to private contractors||p. 219|
|Resolved, the terms of Supreme Court justices should be limited to eighteen years||p. 237|
|Resolved, the United States should adopt an “emergency constitution” to preserve civil liberties in an age of terrorism||p. 251|
|Resolved, residents who are not citizens should be granted the right to vote||p. 265|
|Resolved, the government should require national service for all youth||p. 282|
|Resolved, the federal government should ensure that no firm is too big to fail||p. 297|
|Foreign and Defense Policy|
|Resolved, Congress should pass the War Powers Consultation Act||p. 314|
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