Does American Democracy Still Work?
By (author) Alan Wolfe
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Does American Democracy Still Work? by Alan Wolfe
Book DescriptionThe 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.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780300126105
(215mm x 139mm x 17mm)
Imprint: Yale University Press
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publish Date: 28-Aug-2007
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Alan Wolfe
Religion and Democracy in the United States, Paperback (August 2010)
Considers the ways Americans understand the relationship between their religious beliefs and the political arena. This work covers such topics as: how religious diversity affects American democracy, how religion is implicated in America's partisan battles, and how religion affects ideas about race, ethnicity, and gender.
Is There a Culture War?, Paperback (January 2006)
In the wake of a bitter presidential campaign and in the face of numerous divisive policy questions, many Americans wonder if their country has split in two.
Transformation of American Religion, Paperback (May 2005)» View all books by Alan Wolfe
In this astounding account, a leading sociologist demonstrates that religion in America has become so tamed and softened that it hardly serves any of its original functions.
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Author Biography - Alan Wolfe
Alan Wolfe is professor of political science and director of the Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life, Boston College.
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