The Parties Versus the People: How to Turn Republicans and Democrats into Americans

The Parties Versus the People: How to Turn Republicans and Democrats into Americans

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by Mickey Edwards
     
 

ISBN-10: 0300184565

ISBN-13: 9780300184563

Pub. Date: 08/27/2012

Publisher: Yale University Press

America's political system is dysfunctional. While this is a widely held view, it is a problem that—so far—has proved intractable. After every election, voters discover yet again that political "leaders" are simply quarreling in a never-ending battle between the two warring tribes, the Republicans and Democrats. In this critically important book, a

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America's political system is dysfunctional. While this is a widely held view, it is a problem that—so far—has proved intractable. After every election, voters discover yet again that political "leaders" are simply quarreling in a never-ending battle between the two warring tribes, the Republicans and Democrats. In this critically important book, a distinguished statesman and thinker identifies exactly how our political and governing systems reward intransigence, discourage compromise, and undermine our democracy. He then describes exactly what must be done to banish the negative effects of partisan warfare from our political system.

As a former congressman, Mickey Edwards witnessed firsthand how important legislative battles can devolve into struggles not over principle but over party advantage. He offers graphic examples of how this problem has intensified and reveals how political battles have become nothing more than conflicts between party machines. Edwards's solutions—specific, practical, fair, and original—show the way to break the stranglehold of the political party system. The Parties Versus the People offers hope for a fundamental renewal of American democracy.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300184563
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
08/27/2012
Pages:
232
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Acknowledgments xxi

Part I Partisan Poison

1 American Tribalism 3

2 The Disappearing Dream 19

Part II Reforming the Election System

3 Reclaiming Our Democracy 35

4 Drawing a Line in the Sand 56

5 The Money Stream 70

Part III Reforming the Governing System

6 Government Leaders, Not Party Leaders 91

7 Debate and Democracy 113

8 Rearrange the Furniture 129

9 Rivals, Not Enemies 136

10 The Partisan Presidency 146

11 Declarations of Independence 152

Part IV A New Politics

12 Beyond Partisanship 159

13 The Way Forward 171

Appendix: Citizen Initiative Information by State 183

Notes 187

Suggested Reading 193

Index 197

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