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Bad for Democracy: How the Presidency Undermines the Power of the People

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Overview

Dana D. Nelson argues that it is the office of the presidency itself that endangers the great American experiment. This urgent book, with new analysis of President Barack Obama's first months in office, reveals the futility of placing all of our hopes for the future in the American president and encourages citizens to create a politics of deliberation, action, and agency.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816656776
  • Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
  • Publication date: 9/19/2008
  • Series: Wicazo SA Review Ser.
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 263
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Dana D. Nelson is a professor of English and American studies at Vanderbilt University, where she teaches classes in U.S. literature and history, and courses that connect activism, volunteering, and citizenship. She has published numerous books and essays on U.S. literature and the history of citizenship and democratic culture. She lives in Nashville and is involved locally with a program that helps incarcerated women develop strong decision-making skills and with an innovative activist group fighting homelessness in the area.

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Table of Contents

Introduction The People v. Presidentialism 1

1 How the President Becomes a Superhero 29

2 Voting and the Incredibly Shrinking Citizen 69

3 Presidential War Powers and Politics as War 109

4 Going Corporate with the Unitary Executive 145

Conclusion: Reclaiming Democratic Power for Ourselves 183

Acknowledgments 223

Bibliography 227

Index 239

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