Why Americans Hate Politics

Why Americans Hate Politics

by E.J. Dionne Jr.
     
 

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In this new edition of his national bestseller, E. J. Dionne brings up to date his influential proposals for a politics that can and must find a balance between rights and obligations, between responsibility and compassion.
From the New, Updated Introduction:
"At the heart of Why Americans Hate Politics is the view that ideas shape

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In this new edition of his national bestseller, E. J. Dionne brings up to date his influential proposals for a politics that can and must find a balance between rights and obligations, between responsibility and compassion.
From the New, Updated Introduction:
"At the heart of Why Americans Hate Politics is the view that ideas shape politics far more than most accounts of public life usually allow. I believe ideas matter not only to elites and intellectuals, but also to rank and file voters. Indeed, I often think that the rank and file see the importance of ideas more clearly than the elites, who often find themselves surprised by the rise of the movements that arise from the bottom up and shape our politics."

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This National Book Award nominee is a valuable analysis of the major ideological currents in American politics over the last 30 years. (May)
Library Journal
Washington Post journalist Dionne argues that American liberal and conservative ideologies since the 1960s have presented the public with false choices, preventing the framing of issues in ways that are conducive to their resolution. He calls for a ``new political center'' that incorporates some ideas of both the political left and right. He also demands recognition of the importance of the principle of ``republicanism,'' which he defines as including an acceptance of a largely market economy and a healthy, vital public sphere. Whether one accepts Dionne's premise that Americans hate politics or his prescription for curing that condition, the book is a valuable analysis of the major ideological currents in American politics over the last 30 years. Both informed lay readers and academics with an interest in political ideologies will find it stimulating. Recommended for public and university libraries.-- Thomas H. Ferrell, Univ. of Southwestern Louisiana, Lafayette

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780743265737
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster
Publication date:
06/01/2004
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
432
Sales rank:
805,742
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 5.50(h) x 0.96(d)

Meet the Author

E.J. Dionne, Jr., is a bestselling author, a syndicated columnist who appears twice weekly in The Washington Post and nearly a hundred other newspapers, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, and a professor at Georgetown University. His Why Americans Hate Politics won a Los Angeles Times Book Prize and was a nominee for the National Book Award. He is a regular commentator on National Public Radio and on other radio and television programs. He lives in Washington, DC, with his wife, Mary Boyle, and their three children.

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