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Governing America / Edition 1

Governing America / Edition 1

by Peter L. Schultz
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Governing America is intended to illuminate the character of the American constitutional order as it was created and as it functions today. It examines both the distant—philosophic—background of the Constitution as well as the immediate context in which that document was drafted. It then examines the Constitution itself, the separation of powers, and the three departments of the government that were created in 1787, arguing that the government created then was intended to be impressively powerful, potentially prudent, and partially popular. In fact, the new government was recognized by its creators as potentially dangerous given the scope and character of its powers, as well as its partially popular character. Early attempts to render this new government "safe" are examined, focusing on the presidencies of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Andrew Jackson. In this context, the phenomena of political parties and federalism are considered as tools used to render our government as safe as possible. Finally, Governing America examines the link between this powerful government and politics as practiced in the United States today, arguing that our politics are deeply affected by our continuing commitment to a powerful, prudent, and partially popular government.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780761806394
Publisher: UPA
Publication date: 02/27/1997
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 160
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.44(h) x 0.46(d)

About the Author

L. Peter Schultz is Associate Professor of Politics at Assumption College in Worchester, Massachusetts.

Table of Contents

Preface     vii
Acknowledgements     ix
The Background of the Constitution     1
The Constitutional Convention     15
First Interlude     31
The Constitution: An Overview     35
The Congress: The First Department of Government     47
The Executive Department     59
The Judiciary     75
Second Interlude     83
Rendering Government Safe     85
The Progressive Revolution     95
The Progressive Revolution Routinized     113
Politics In A Progressive Regime     133
Where Do We Go From Here?     153
Index     160

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