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Following an economic tsunami of historic proportions, American democracy finds itself plagued by partisan polarization, a rigidly divided Congress, superficial political debate, and political paralysis. Even before the economic crisis, the United States was beleaguered by choiceless elections, out-of-control campaign spending, suspicious voting equipment, partisan election officials, even a partisan U.S. Supreme Court. Americans are growing increasingly frustrated and tuned out, as the middle collapses and the ...

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Overview

Following an economic tsunami of historic proportions, American democracy finds itself plagued by partisan polarization, a rigidly divided Congress, superficial political debate, and political paralysis. Even before the economic crisis, the United States was beleaguered by choiceless elections, out-of-control campaign spending, suspicious voting equipment, partisan election officials, even a partisan U.S. Supreme Court. Americans are growing increasingly frustrated and tuned out, as the middle collapses and the partisans take over. Just in time for the 2012 elections, 10 Steps to Repair American Democracy: A More Perfect Union addresses head-on the mine field built into our political system. In a brand new edition, political critic Steven Hill expands on his ten-step program to improve American democracy. He proposes specific reforms to give voters more choices at the ballot box, boost voter turnout, calm the Senate’s “filibuster gone wild” ways, modernize our media institutions, turn off the spigot of corporate donations, and bring the U.S. government back to the mainstream. In the face of mounting cynicism about the American political system, 10 Steps to Repair American Democracy is a refreshing blueprint for how to resurrect our Founders' democratic vision. It will change the way you think about American politics.

"...as practical as it is insightful..." —Arianna Huffington

“We are fortunate to have 10 Steps to Repair American Democracy, to help us find our political compass." —Hendrik Hertzberg, Senior Editor, The New Yorker

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781612051925
  • Publisher: Paradigm Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/28/2012
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Steven Hill is the former Director of the Political Reform Program of the New America Foundation and co-founder of the Center for Voting and Democracy. His articles and commentaries have appeared in dozens of newspapers and magazines, including the New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times,Wall Street Journal, Christian Science Monitor, The Nation, Ms., Salon.com, and American Prospect.

His previous book, Fixing Elections: The Failure of America’s Winner Take All Politics, has been called by author Michael Lind “the most important book on American democracy that has come out in many years.” He has lectured widely in the United States and Europe, and has appeared on C-SPAN, Fox News, National Public Radio, and numerous radio and television programs across the nation and in Europe.

In 2004, he managed the successful campaign to pass instant runoff voting for Board of Supervisors elections in San Francisco. “More recently, he also helped organize the successful effort to establish public financing for the city’s mayoral campaigns.

fairvote.org newamerica.net

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Table of Contents

Foreword by Hendrik Hertzberg

Introduction
Double Trouble: The Political Collapse That Preceded the Economic Collapse

One
Secure the Vote

Two
Expand Voter Participation

Three
Increase Voter Choice with Instant Runoff Voting

Four
Scrap Winner-Take-All Elections

Five
Direct Election of the President

Six
Overhaul the US Senate

Seven
Reclaim the Airwaves

Eight
Minimize Money's Role

Nine
Reform the Supreme Court

Ten
Restore Faith in Government: "Government Is Good for You"

Conclusion
Renewing the American Republic

Notes
Acknowedgments
Index
About the Author

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