Is This Any Way to Run a Democratic Government?
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Is This Any Way to Run a Democratic Government? by Stephen J. Wayne
Book DescriptionHas our system of checks and balances between the three branches of our federal government undergone changes for good or ill over the years since the Constitution was set as the cornerstone of our nation? How stand our political traditions, our personal freedoms, our purported equality, our sense of governance "of, by, and for the people"? Are we the democratic nation we set out to be, or do we have a distance to go to achieve this ideal? Alternatively, is approaching a democratic ideal desirable today in the light of the smaller, more integrated, and dangerous world in which we live? Is This Any Way to Run a Democratic Government? examines the theory and practice of American democracy and the dichotomy that currently exists between them. The contributors assess both the reasons - and the consequences - of this division between the theory of democracy and how it is played out in actuality. Focusing on the here and now, this book is about the institutions, process, and politics of government: how well they work; whether they meet the criteria for a viable democratic system; and the extent to which they contribute to good public policy. As we begin the 21st century, with rancorous political partisanship and threats to domestic security and tranquility at an all-time high, Is This Any Way to Run a Democratic Government? asks us to think seriously about the state of our much-heralded democracy, and whether or not our political system can respond to the pressing needs of a new era without jeopardizing the basic values and beliefs that underlie its very foundation.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781589010055
(254mm x 178mm x 19mm)
Imprint: Georgetown University Press
Publisher: Georgetown University Press
Publish Date: 19-Apr-2004
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Stephen J. Wayne
Is This Any Way to Run a Democratic Election?, Paperback (September 2013)
Tackling the disparity between the ideal and the practical, this text addresses the challenges of the American election system
Personality and Politics, Paperback (May 2011)
This text provides a thorough study of President Obama's character in relation to his leadership, and uses this as a basis from which to explore the wider question of the connection between behaviour and politics, and the place of presidential leadership in democratic society.
Election of the Century, Paperback (December 2001)
This work places the 2000 presidential and congressional elections into the larger and future context of American politics. It examines a range of topics including "wedge" issues in 2000 - the economy, foreign policy and race, the dimensions of gender, age, and religion, for example.
Victory, Paperback (September 1992)» View all books by Stephen J. Wayne
An unabashed liberal democrat, the author argues that there are a number of myths and half-truths about American politics that need to be properly understood if progressives and the Democratic party are to win the Presidency and govern effectively.
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Author Biography - Stephen J. Wayne
Stephen J. Wayne is a professor of government at Georgetown University and the author of The Road to the White House, and coauthor of Presidential Leadership.
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