The Cure for Our Broken Political Process: How We Can Get Our Politicians to Resolve the Issues Tearing Our Country Apart

The Cure for Our Broken Political Process: How We Can Get Our Politicians to Resolve the Issues Tearing Our Country Apart

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by Sol Erdman, Lawrence Susskind
     
 

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The practical way to get politicians of all stripes to work together creatively

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781597972697
Publisher:
Potomac Books
Publication date:
10/31/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
216
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Sol Erdman is the president of the Center for Collaborative Democracy, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that has developed innovative ways for citizens and politicians to resolve ideological conflicts.

Lawrence Susskind is the director of the MIT-Harvard Public Disputes Program. He has mediated national policy debates, refereed regional political battles, and helped negotiate international treaties, including the Kyoto Protocol on global warming.

Table of Contents

Introduction The Change That Can Transform Our Political Life 1

Pt. I Politics at Its Best

l How Do Outsiders Solve Problems That Politicians Won't? 7

2 How to Resolve Any Issue - as Well as Humanly Possible 15

3 Could Politicians Negotiate the Best Solutions? 27

Pt. II Why Our Lawmakers Betray Us

4 Each Lawmaker's Predicament: Whom Do I Represent? 33

5 How Did American Politics Get So Dysfunctional? 47

6 Each District as Diverse as the Whole United States 53

7 Why Do Most Voters Feel So Powerless? 61

8 While Most of Us Sleep, Congress Does Its Worst 69

9 Does the Current System Threaten Our Survival? 77

10 Big Changes Can Happen 83

Pt. III How to Get Politicians We Can Believe in

11 Make Each Representative Accountable ... for Real 91

12 How Ideologically Diverse Do We Want Our Politicians to Be? 105

13 Cementing the Bond Between Citizens and Lawmakers 111

14 Answering Skeptics 121

15 How America Could Reach Consensus 133

16 Practical First Steps 141

17 A Decade From Now: Our Rejuvenated Democracy 149

18 Epilogue: Back to Here and Now - What You Can Do 155

Appendixes 157

Sources 195

Acknowledgments 201

Index 203

About the Authors 209

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