Democracy for the Few

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Parenti's provocative critique of class power within traditional political institutions will arouse classroom debate and introduce students to a unique viewpoint of American capitalism. Unlike most texts on the American political system, DEMOCRACY FOR THE FEW emphasizes the political economy of public policy and who gets what.
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Overview

Parenti's provocative critique of class power within traditional political institutions will arouse classroom debate and introduce students to a unique viewpoint of American capitalism. Unlike most texts on the American political system, DEMOCRACY FOR THE FEW emphasizes the political economy of public policy and who gets what.
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Parenti, a political and social science scholar and popular alternative lecturer and author, examines the incongruities between democracy and modern-day capitalism. This edition includes a new chapter on US global domination, a new section on free trade agreements, the World Trade Organization, and other topics. Jacket and title page indicate Bedford/St. Martin's, but Wadsworth bought their political science titles. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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  • ISBN-13: 9780312052331
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/1994
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 6
  • Pages: 354
  • Product dimensions: 6.05 (w) x 8.99 (h) x 0.71 (d)

Table of Contents

1. PARTISAN POLITICS. Beyond Textbooks. The Politico-economic System. 2. WEALTH AND WANT IN THE UNITED STATES. Capital and Labor. Accumulation and Expansion. Who Owns America? Corporate Concentration. Monopoly Farming. Downsizing and Downgrading. Profit-Price Inflation. Market Demand and Human Need. Productivity, A Mixed Blessing. Desirable Unemployment. The Hardships of Working America. The Human Costs of Economic Injustice.3. THE PLUTOCRATIC CULTURE: INSTITUTIONS AND IDEOLOGIES. Rule by Corporate Plutocracy. Promoting Ideological Orthodoxy. Right, Left, and Center. Public Opinion: Which Directions? Democracy: Form and Content. 4. A CONSTITUTION FOR THE FEW. Class Power in Early America. Containing the Spread of Democracy. Plotters or Patriots? Democratic Concessions. 5. RISE OF THE CORPORATE STATE. Serving Business: The Early Years. Law in the Service of Business. The Not-So-Progressive Era. War and Red Scares. The New Deal: Hard Times and Tough Reforms. 6. POLITICS: WHO GETS WHAT? Welfare for the Rich. Federal Bailouts, State and Local Handouts. Taxes: Helping the Rich the Their Time of Greed. Unkind Cuts, Unfair Rates. Deficit Spending and the National Debt. Some Hidden Deficits. 7. MILITARY EMPIRE AND GLOBAL DOMINATION. A Global Kill Capacity. Military Waste and Fraud. Pentagon Profits. The Military's Hidden Diseconomies. Economic Imperialism. The Terror State. 8. HEALTH, ENVIRONMENT,AND HUMAN SERVICES: SACRIFICIAL LAMBS. The Poor Get Less (and Less). Social Insecurity: Privatizing Everything. How Much Health Can You Afford? Creating Crises: Schools and Housing. "Mess Transit": What's Good for General Motors. Toxifying the Earth.Eco-Apocalypse. Government for the Despoilers. 9. UNEQUAL BEFORE THE LAW. Crime in the Suites. Class Law. The "Tough on Crime" Craze. The Crime of Prisons. The Guilty Innocent. Sexist Justice. The Victimization of Children. Bedroom Police. Racist Law Enforcement. 10. POLITICAL REPRESSION AND NATIONAL INSECURITY. The Repression of Dissent. Political Prisoners, USA. Political Murder, USA. The National Security Autocracy. CIA: Capitalism's International Army or Cocaine Import Agency? Watergate and Iran-Contra. 11. WHO GOVERNS? ELITES, LABOR, AND GLOBALIZATION. The Ruling Class. Labor Besieged. Unions and the Good Fight. Globalization, WTO, and the End of Democracy. 12. MASS MEDIA: FOR THE MANY, BY THE FEW. He Who pays the Piper. The Ideological Monopoly. Official Manipulation. Political Entertainment. Room for Alternatives? 13. ELECTIONS, PARTIES, AND VOTERS. Republicrats and Demopublicans. The Two-Party Monopoly. Proportional Representation: Making Every Vote Count. Rigging the Game. Money, A Necessary Condition. The Struggle to Vote. Voter "Apathy" and Participation. 14. CONGRESS: THE POCKETING POWER. A Congress for the Money. Lobbyists: The Other Lawmakers. Grassroots Lobbying. Helping Themselves: The Varieties of Corruption. A Special-Interest Committee System. Security, Secrecy, and Fast Track. The Legislative Labyrinth. Term Limits. A Touch of Democracy. 15. THE PRESIDENT: GUARDIAN OF THE SYSTEM. Salesman of the System. The Two Faces of the President. The President's Systemic Role. A Loaded Electoral College. The "New Federalism" Ploy. The Growth of Presidential Power. The Would-be King. The Conservative Context. 16. THE POLITICAL ECONOMY OF BUREAUCRACY. The Myth and Reality of Inefficiency. Deregulation and Privatization. Secrecy, Deception, and Corruption. Bureaucratic Action and Inaction. Serving the "Regulated". Public Authority in Private Hands. Monopoly Regulation Versus Public-Service Regulation. 17. THE SUPREMELY POLITICAL COURT. Who Judges? Conservative Judicial Activism. Circumventing the First Amendment. Freedom for Revolutionaries? As the Court Turns. Influence of the Court. 18. DEMOCRACY FOR THE FEW. Pluralism for the Few. The Limits of Reform. Democracy as Class Struggle. The Roles of the State. What Is to Be Done? The Reality of Public Production.
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