10 Steps to Repair American Democracy: An Owners Manual for Concerned Citizens / Edition 1

10 Steps to Repair American Democracy: An Owners Manual for Concerned Citizens / Edition 1

by Steven Hill
     
 

Choiceless elections. Suspicious voting equipment. Partisan election officials. Superficial political debate. American democracy is suffering through its worst crises in generations, and most Americans don’t know what to do about it. Here, finally, is the plan – 10 steps to repair American democracy.

In his inspiring blueprint for renewing America,

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Overview

Choiceless elections. Suspicious voting equipment. Partisan election officials. Superficial political debate. American democracy is suffering through its worst crises in generations, and most Americans don’t know what to do about it. Here, finally, is the plan – 10 steps to repair American democracy.

In his inspiring blueprint for renewing America, Hill makes a stirring call for national election standards, nonpartisan election officials, a voting day holiday, and other repairs to the nuts and bolts of our system. He takes it a step further, calling for the end of winner-take-all elections, fairer representation in the U.S. Senate, universal voter registration, public financing of elections, free air time for candidates, and new media regulations that will open up our politics and broaden political debate.

Drawing upon the author’s 20 years of democracy advocacy, scholarship, and two previous books, 10 Steps to Repair American Democracy outlines the looming problems with American elections and proposes ten specific reforms to reinvigorate our republic. It also includes a trenchant foreword by Hendrik Hertzberg, senior editor at The New Yorker.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780976062158
Publisher:
Paradigm Publishers
Publication date:
03/12/2006
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
231
Product dimensions:
5.64(w) x 8.48(h) x 0.73(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction : America's faltering republic
1Secure the vote17
2Expand voter participation35
3Increase voter choice with instant runoff voting49
4Scrap winner-take-all elections63
5Direct election of the president89
6Overhaul the U.S. Senate105
7Reclaim the airwaves117
8Minimize money's role137
9Reform the Supreme Court153
10Restore faith in government : "government is good for you"169
Conclusion : renewing the American republic183

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