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American Democracy in Peril By William E. Hudson

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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.
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American Democracy in Peril: Eight Challenges to America's Future by William E. Hudson

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.

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About William E. Hudson


William E. Hudson is professor of political science at Providence College. He is the author of The Libertarian Illusion, American Democracy in Peril, 5th Edition, 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


Introduction: Models of Democracy Precursors to Modern Democratic Theory Protective Democracy Developmental Democracy Pluralist Democracy Participatory Democracy The Models Compared Suggestions for Further Reading 1. The First Challenge: Separation of Powers 2. The Second Challenge: The Imperial Judiciary 3. The Third Challenge: Radical Individualism 4. The Fourth Challenge: Citizen Participation 5. The Fifth Challenge: Elections without the People's Voice 6. The Sixth Challenge: The "Privileged Position" of Business 7. The Seventh Challenge: Economic Inequality 8. The Eighth Challenge: The National Security State Notes Index

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GOR010936488
American Democracy in Peril: Eight Challenges to America's Future by William E. Hudson
William E. Hudson
Used - Good
Paperback
SAGE Publications Inc
2012-09-05
456
145222675X
9781452226750
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The book has been read but remains in clean condition. All pages are intact and the cover is intact. Some minor wear to the spine.