Democracy: How Direct?: Views from the Founding Era and the Polling Era

Democracy: How Direct?: Views from the Founding Era and the Polling Era

by Elliott Abrams, Herman Belz, James S. Fishkin, Benjamin Ginsberg, Charles R. Kesler
     
 

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For more than two hundred years Americans have been debating how direct a democracy they want. Many hold that representative government too seldom reflects the people's real views, while others counter that direct popular voting will lead to excesses of passion and deficits of deliberation. In Democracy: How Direct? Elliot Abrams brings together eminent

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For more than two hundred years Americans have been debating how direct a democracy they want. Many hold that representative government too seldom reflects the people's real views, while others counter that direct popular voting will lead to excesses of passion and deficits of deliberation. In Democracy: How Direct? Elliot Abrams brings together eminent scholars to discuss the issues surrounding the dilemma of a representative versus direct democracy. This collection of previously unpublished essays begins by examining the views of our nation's founders and the historical perspectives on our democracy and then debates modern issues such as polling, public opinion, and the referendum process. With their valuable combination of historical analysis, contemporary data, and theoretical understanding, these essays will surely raise the level of the ongoing debate surrounding the nature of American democracy.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780742523197
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
11/15/2002
Series:
Ethics and Public Policy Center Series
Pages:
144
Product dimensions:
5.84(w) x 8.96(h) x 0.41(d)

Meet the Author

Elliott Abrams, former president of the Ethics and Public Policy Center, is special assistant to the President and the National Security Council's senior director for democracy, human rights, and international operations.

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