How Democratic Is the American Constitution

How Democratic Is the American Constitution
Author: Robert A. Dahl
Publsiher: Yale University Press
Total Pages: 208
Release: 2003-11-10
ISBN 10: 0300133723
ISBN 13: 9780300133721
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

How Democratic Is the American Constitution Book Review:

In this provocative book, one of our most eminent political scientists questions the extent to which the American Constitution furthers democratic goals. Robert Dahl reveals the Constitution's potentially antidemocratic elements and explains why they are there, compares the American constitutional system to other democratic systems, and explores how we might alter our political system to achieve greater equality among citizens. In a new chapter for this second edition, he shows how increasing differences in state populations revealed by the Census of 2000 have further increased the veto power over constitutional amendments held by a tiny minority of Americans. He then explores the prospects for changing some important political practices that are not prescribed by the written Constitution, though most Americans may assume them to be so.

How Democratic is the Constitution

How Democratic is the Constitution
Author: Robert A. Goldwin,William A. Schambra
Publsiher: A E I Press
Total Pages: 150
Release: 1980
ISBN 10:
ISBN 13: UOM:39015001572505
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

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How Democracies Die

How Democracies Die
Author: Steven Levitsky,Daniel Ziblatt
Publsiher: Crown
Total Pages: 320
Release: 2018-01-16
ISBN 10: 1524762954
ISBN 13: 9781524762957
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

How Democracies Die Book Review:

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • “Comprehensive, enlightening, and terrifyingly timely.”—The New York Times Book Review (Editors' Choice) WINNER OF THE GOLDSMITH BOOK PRIZE • SHORTLISTED FOR THE LIONEL GELBER PRIZE • NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The Washington Post • Time • Foreign Affairs • WBUR • Paste Donald Trump’s presidency has raised a question that many of us never thought we’d be asking: Is our democracy in danger? Harvard professors Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt have spent more than twenty years studying the breakdown of democracies in Europe and Latin America, and they believe the answer is yes. Democracy no longer ends with a bang—in a revolution or military coup—but with a whimper: the slow, steady weakening of critical institutions, such as the judiciary and the press, and the gradual erosion of long-standing political norms. The good news is that there are several exit ramps on the road to authoritarianism. The bad news is that, by electing Trump, we have already passed the first one. Drawing on decades of research and a wide range of historical and global examples, from 1930s Europe to contemporary Hungary, Turkey, and Venezuela, to the American South during Jim Crow, Levitsky and Ziblatt show how democracies die—and how ours can be saved. Praise for How Democracies Die “What we desperately need is a sober, dispassionate look at the current state of affairs. Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt, two of the most respected scholars in the field of democracy studies, offer just that.”—The Washington Post “Where Levitsky and Ziblatt make their mark is in weaving together political science and historical analysis of both domestic and international democratic crises; in doing so, they expand the conversation beyond Trump and before him, to other countries and to the deep structure of American democracy and politics.”—Ezra Klein, Vox “If you only read one book for the rest of the year, read How Democracies Die. . . .This is not a book for just Democrats or Republicans. It is a book for all Americans. It is nonpartisan. It is fact based. It is deeply rooted in history. . . . The best commentary on our politics, no contest.”—Michael Morrell, former Acting Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (via Twitter) “A smart and deeply informed book about the ways in which democracy is being undermined in dozens of countries around the world, and in ways that are perfectly legal.”—Fareed Zakaria, CNN

American Democracy

American Democracy
Author: National Museum of American History
Publsiher: Smithsonian Institution
Total Pages: 180
Release: 2017
ISBN 10: 1588345319
ISBN 13: 9781588345318
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

American Democracy Book Review:

American Democracy: A Great Leap of Faith is the companion volume to an exhibition at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History that celebrates the bold and radical experiment to test a wholly new form of government. Democracy is still a work in progress, but it is at the core of our nation's political, economic, and social life. This lavishly illustrated book explores democracy from the Revolution to the present using objects from the museum's collection, such as the portable writing box that Thomas Jefferson used while composing the Declaration of Independence, the inkstand with which Abraham Lincoln drafted the Emancipation Proclamation, Susan B. Anthony's iconic red shawl, and many more. Not only famous voices are presented: like democracy itself, the book and the exhibition preserve the voice of the people by showcasing campaign materials, protest signs, and a host of other items from everyday life that reflect the promises and challenges of American democracy throughout the nation's history.

A More Perfect Constitution

A More Perfect Constitution
Author: Larry J. Sabato
Publsiher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
Total Pages: 352
Release: 2010-07-23
ISBN 10: 9780802777560
ISBN 13: 0802777562
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

A More Perfect Constitution Book Review:

A More Perfect Constitution presents creative and dynamic proposals from one of the most visionary and fertile political minds of our time to reinvigorate our Constitution and American governance at a time when such change is urgently needed, given the growing dysfunction and unfairness of our political system . Combining idealism and pragmatism, and with full respect for the original document, Larry Sabato's thought-provoking ideas range from the length of the president's term in office and the number and terms of Supreme Court justices to the vagaries of the antiquated Electoral College, and a compelling call for universal national service-all laced through with the history behind each proposal and the potential impact on the lives of ordinary people. Aware that such changes won't happen easily, but that the original Framers fully expected the Constitution to be regularly revised, Sabato urges us to engage in the debate and discussion his ideas will surely engender. During a presidential election year, no book is more relevant or significant than this.

Constitutionalism and Democracy

Constitutionalism and Democracy
Author: Richard Bellamy
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 622
Release: 2017-07-05
ISBN 10: 1351571141
ISBN 13: 9781351571142
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Constitutionalism and Democracy Book Review:

Constitutionalism and democracy have been interpreted as both intimately related and intrinsically opposed. On the one hand constitutions are said to set out the rules of the democratic game, on the other as constraining the power of the demos and their representatives to rule themselves - including by reforming the very processes of democracy itself. Meanwhile, constitutionalists themselves differ on how far any constitution derives its authority from, and should itself be subject to democratic endorsement and interpretation. They also dispute whether constitutions should refer solely to democratic processes, or also define and limit democratic goals. Each of these positions produces a different view of judicial review, the content and advisability of a Bill of Rights and the nature of constitutional politics. These differences are not simply academic positions, but are reflected in the different types of constitutional democracy found in the United States, continental Europe, Britain and many commonwealth countries. The selected essays explore these issues from the perspectives of law, philosophy and political science. A detailed and informative introduction sets them in the context of contemporary debates about constitutionalism.

Our Undemocratic Constitution

Our Undemocratic Constitution
Author: Sanford Levinson
Publsiher: Oxford University Press
Total Pages: 249
Release: 2008
ISBN 10: 0195365577
ISBN 13: 9780195365573
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Our Undemocratic Constitution Book Review:

Levinson argues that too many of our Constitution's provisions promote either unjust or ineffective government. Under the existing blueprint, we can neither rid ourselves of incompetent presidents nor assure continuity of government following catastrophic attacks. Less important, perhaps, but certainly problematic, is the appointment of Supreme Court judges for life. Adding insult to injury, the United States Constitution is the most difficult to amend or update of any constitution currently existing in the world today. Democratic debate leaves few stones unturned, but we tend to take our basic constitutional structures for granted. Levinson boldly challenges the American people to undertake a long overdue public discussion on how they might best reform this most hallowed document and construct a constitution adequate to our democratic values. "Admirably gutsy and unfashionable." --Michael Kinsley, The New York Times "Bold, bracingly unromantic, and filled with illuminating insights. He accomplishes an unlikely feat, which is to make a really serious argument for a new constitutional convention, one that is founded squarely on democratic ideals." --Cass R. Sunstein, The New Republic "Everyone who cares about how our government works should read this thoughtful book." --Washington Lawyer

How to Save a Constitutional Democracy

How to Save a Constitutional Democracy
Author: Tom Ginsburg,Aziz Z. Huq
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 320
Release: 2018-10-05
ISBN 10: 022656438X
ISBN 13: 9780226564388
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

How to Save a Constitutional Democracy Book Review:

Democracies are in danger. Around the world, a rising wave of populist leaders threatens to erode the core structures of democratic self rule. In the United States, the election of Donald Trump marked a decisive turning point for many. What kind of president calls the news media the "enemy of the American people," or sees a moral equivalence between violent neo-Nazi protesters in paramilitary formation and residents of a college town defending the racial and ethnic diversity of their homes? Yet, whatever our concerns about the current president, we can be assured that the Constitution offers safeguards to protect against lasting damage--or can we? How to Save a Constitutional Democracy mounts an urgent argument that we can no longer afford to be complacent. Drawing on a rich array of other countries' experiences with democratic backsliding, Tom Ginsburg and Aziz Z. Huq show how constitutional rules can either hinder or hasten the decline of democratic institutions. The checks and balances of the federal government, a robust civil society and media, and individual rights--such as those enshrined in the First Amendment--do not necessarily succeed as bulwarks against democratic decline. Rather, Ginsburg and Huq contend, the sobering reality for the United States is that, to a much greater extent than is commonly realized, the Constitution's design makes democratic erosion more, not less, likely. Its structural rigidity has had the unforeseen consequence of empowering the Supreme Court to fill in some details--often with doctrines that ultimately facilitate rather than inhibit the infringement of rights. Even the bright spots in the Constitution--the First Amendment, for example--may have perverse consequences in the hands of a deft communicator, who can degrade the public sphere by wielding hateful language that would be banned in many other democracies. But we--and the rest of the world--can do better. The authors conclude by laying out practical steps for how laws and constitutional design can play a more positive role in managing the risk of democratic decline.

The Limits of Constitutional Democracy

The Limits of Constitutional Democracy
Author: Jeffrey K. Tulis,Stephen Macedo
Publsiher: Princeton University Press
Total Pages: 360
Release: 2010-10-18
ISBN 10: 1400836794
ISBN 13: 9781400836796
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Limits of Constitutional Democracy Book Review:

Constitutional democracy is at once a flourishing idea filled with optimism and promise--and an enterprise fraught with limitations. Uncovering the reasons for this ambivalence, this book looks at the difficulties of constitutional democracy, and reexamines fundamental questions: What is constitutional democracy? When does it succeed or fail? Can constitutional democracies conduct war? Can they preserve their values and institutions while addressing new forms of global interdependence? The authors gathered here interrogate constitutional democracy's meaning in order to illuminate its future. The book examines key themes--the issues of constitutional failure; the problem of emergency power and whether constitutions should be suspended when emergencies arise; the dilemmas faced when constitutions provide and restrict executive power during wartime; and whether constitutions can adapt to such globalization challenges as immigration, religious resurgence, and nuclear arms proliferation. In addition to the editors, the contributors are Sotirios Barber, Joseph Bessette, Mark Brandon, Daniel Deudney, Christopher Eisgruber, James Fleming, William Harris II, Ran Hirschl, Gary Jacobsohn, Benjamin Kleinerman, Jan-Werner Müller, Kim Scheppele, Rogers Smith, Adrian Vermeule, and Mariah Zeisberg.

How democratic is the American Constitution

How democratic is the American Constitution
Author: Anonim
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 39
Release: 2005
ISBN 10:
ISBN 13: OCLC:500342839
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

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A Preface to Democratic Theory Expanded Edition

A Preface to Democratic Theory  Expanded Edition
Author: Robert A. Dahl
Publsiher: University of Chicago Press
Total Pages: 176
Release: 2006-09-15
ISBN 10: 0226134342
ISBN 13: 9780226134345
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

A Preface to Democratic Theory Expanded Edition Book Review:

For this fiftieth-anniversary edition, Dahl has written an extensive new afterword that reevaluates Madisonian theory in light of recent research. And in a new foreword, he reflects back on his influential volume and the ways his views have evolved since he wrote it. For any student or scholar of political science, this new material is an essential update on a gold standard in the evolving field of democratic theory.

How Canadians Govern Themselves

How Canadians Govern Themselves
Author: Eugene Alfred Forsey
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 329
Release: 1993
ISBN 10:
ISBN 13: OCLC:1032867885
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

How Canadians Govern Themselves Book Review:

Explores Canada's parliamentary system from the decisions made by the Fathers of Confederation, to the daily work of Members of Parliament in the Commons and Senate chambers. Also contains useful information on Canada's constitution, the judicial system and provincial and municipal powers.

The Partisan Republic

The Partisan Republic
Author: Gerald Leonard,Saul Cornell
Publsiher: Cambridge University Press
Total Pages: 255
Release: 2019-01-31
ISBN 10: 1107024161
ISBN 13: 9781107024168
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Partisan Republic Book Review:

Provides a compelling account of early American constitutionalism in the Founding era.

Four Threats

Four Threats
Author: Suzanne Mettler,Robert C. Lieberman
Publsiher: St. Martin's Press
Total Pages: 304
Release: 2020-08-11
ISBN 10: 1250244439
ISBN 13: 9781250244437
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Four Threats Book Review:

An urgent, historically-grounded take on the four major factors that undermine American democracy, and what we can do to address them. While many Americans despair of the current state of U.S. politics, most assume that our system of government and democracy itself are invulnerable to decay. Yet when we examine the past, we find that the United States has undergone repeated crises of democracy, from the earliest days of the republic to the present. In Four Threats, Suzanne Mettler and Robert C. Lieberman explore five moments in history when democracy in the U.S. was under siege: the 1790s, the Civil War, the Gilded Age, the Depression, and Watergate. These episodes risked profound—even fatal—damage to the American democratic experiment. From this history, four distinct characteristics of disruption emerge. Political polarization, racism and nativism, economic inequality, and excessive executive power—alone or in combination—have threatened the survival of the republic, but it has survived—so far. What is unique, and alarming, about the present moment in American politics is that all four conditions exist. This convergence marks the contemporary era as a grave moment for democracy. But history provides a valuable repository from which we can draw lessons about how democracy was eventually strengthened—or weakened—in the past. By revisiting how earlier generations of Americans faced threats to the principles enshrined in the Constitution, we can see the promise and the peril that have led us to today and chart a path toward repairing our civic fabric and renewing democracy.

Can America Govern Itself

Can America Govern Itself
Author: Frances E. Lee,Nolan McCarty
Publsiher: Cambridge University Press
Total Pages: 368
Release: 2019-06-20
ISBN 10: 1108497292
ISBN 13: 9781108497299
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Can America Govern Itself Book Review:

Analyzes how rising party polarization, unequal representation, and economic inequalities affect the performance of American governing institutions.

American Constitutional Law

American Constitutional Law
Author: Donald P. Kommers,John E. Finn,Gary J. Jacobsohn
Publsiher: Rowman & Littlefield
Total Pages: 1095
Release: 2004
ISBN 10: 9780742526884
ISBN 13: 0742526887
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

American Constitutional Law Book Review:

A course on constitutional law and civil liberties can be and is nothing less than an extended inquiry into the meaning of America. American Constitutional Law: Volume 1 Governmental Powers and Democracy, newly revised by Donald P. Kommers, John E. Finn, and Gary J. Jacobsohn, is a casebook made for such an inquiry. True to the liberal arts tradition from which it emerges, it goes beyond the facts and rulings of the great cases in American constitutional law to engage important issues of political theory and the nature of our constitutional democracy. Although the focus is on American constitutional law, Kommers, Finn, and Jacobsohn break new ground by incorporating comparative materials that enrich the study of the American Constitution by challenging the reader to assess American constitutional values in light of other traditions and understandings of constitutional governance. In an era of constitutional globalization, this new edition of a distinguished text is essential to an appreciation of tradition and diversity.Volume 1 focuses on governmental structures and relationships and includes a new chapter on elections and political representation.

Democracy s Privileged Few

Democracy s Privileged Few
Author: Joshua A. Chafetz
Publsiher: Yale University Press
Total Pages: 307
Release: 2007
ISBN 10: 9780300134896
ISBN 13: 0300134894
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Democracy s Privileged Few Book Review:

This book is the first to compare the freedoms and protections of members of the United States Congress with those of Britain's Parliament. Placing legislative privilege in historical context, Josh Chafetz explores how and why legislators in Britain and America have been granted special privileges in five areas: jurisdictional conflicts between the courts and the legislative houses, freedom of speech, freedom from civil arrest, contested elections, and the disciplinary powers of the houses.

Judicial Independence and the American Constitution

Judicial Independence and the American Constitution
Author: Martin H. Redish
Publsiher: Stanford University Press
Total Pages: 272
Release: 2017-03-21
ISBN 10: 1503601846
ISBN 13: 9781503601840
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Judicial Independence and the American Constitution Book Review:

The Framers of the American Constitution took special pains to ensure that the governing principles of the republic were insulated from the reach of simple majorities. Only super-majoritarian amendments could modify these fundamental constitutional dictates. The Framers established a judicial branch shielded from direct majoritarian political accountability to protect and enforce these constitutional limits. Paradoxically, only a counter-majoritarian judicial branch could ensure the continued vitality of our representational form of government. This important lesson of the paradox of American democracy has been challenged and often ignored by office holders and legal scholars. Judicial Independence and the American Constitution provocatively defends the centrality of these special protections of judicial independence. Martin H. Redish explains how the nation's system of counter-majoritarian constitutionalism cannot survive absent the vesting of final powers of constitutional interpretation and enforcement in the one branch of government expressly protected by the Constitution from direct political accountability: the judicial branch. He uncovers how the current framework of American constitutional law has been unwisely allowed to threaten or undermine these core precepts of judicial independence.

A Preface to Democratic Theory

A Preface to Democratic Theory
Author: Robert A. Dahl,Robert A.. Dahl
Publsiher: University of Chicago Press
Total Pages: 155
Release: 1956
ISBN 10: 9780226134260
ISBN 13: 0226134261
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

A Preface to Democratic Theory Book Review:

Robert Dahl's Preface helped launch democratic theory fifty years ago as a new area of study in political science, and it remains the standard introduction to the field. Exploring problems that had been left unsolved by traditional thought on democracy, Dahl here examines two influential models--the Madisonian, which represents prevailing American doctrine, and its recurring challenger, populist theory--arguing that they do not accurately portray how modern democracies operate. He then constructs a model more consistent with how contemporary democracies actually function, and, in doing so, develops some original views of popular sovereignty and the American constitutional system.

Revolutionary Constitutions

Revolutionary Constitutions
Author: Bruce Ackerman
Publsiher: Harvard University Press
Total Pages: 432
Release: 2019-05-13
ISBN 10: 0674238842
ISBN 13: 9780674238848
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Revolutionary Constitutions Book Review:

Offering insights into the origins, successes, and threats to revolutionary constitutionalism, Bruce Ackerman takes us to India, South Africa, Italy, France, Poland, Burma, Israel, Iran, and the U.S. and provides a blow-by-blow account of the tribulations that confronted popular movements in their insurgent campaigns for constitutional democracy.