Democracy: A Case Study

Democracy: A Case Study

by David A. Moss


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Historian David Moss adapts the case study method made famous by Harvard Business School to revitalize our conversations about governance and democracy and show how the United States has often thrived on political conflict. These 19 cases ask us to weigh choices and consequences, wrestle with momentous decisions, and come to our own conclusions.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780674971455
Publisher: Harvard
Publication date: 02/21/2017
Pages: 784
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.70(d)

About the Author

David A. Moss is the Paul Whiton Cherington Professor at Harvard Business School and the founder of the Tobin Project, a nonprofit research organization that has received the MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions. He has received the Student Association Faculty Award for outstanding teaching at the Harvard Business School eight times. Democracy: A Case Study grew out of a course he created for Harvard undergraduates and business school students that has been taught to the United States Congress and to state congresses and that is now being brought to high schools throughout America as part of the High School Case Method Project, which Professor Moss oversees at Harvard Business School.

Table of Contents

Introduction: E Pluribus Unum 1

1 James Madison, the "Federal Negative," and the Making of the U.S. Constitution (1787) 16

2 Battle over a Bank: Defining the Limits of Federal Power under a New Constitution (1791) 45

3 Democracy, Sovereignty, and the Struggle over Cherokee Removal (1836) 70

4 Banking and Politics in Antebellum New York (1838) 109

5 Property, Suffrage, and the "Right of Revolution" in Rhode Island (1842) 143

6 Debt and Democracy: The New York Constitutional Convention of 1846 177

7 The Struggle over Public Education in Early America (1851) 208

8 A Nation Divided: The United States and the Challenge of Secession (1861) 244

9 Race, Justice, and the Jury System in Postbellum Virginia (1880) 280

10 An Australian Ballot for California? (1891) 310

11 Labor, Capital, and Government: The Anthracite Coal Strike of 1902 330

12 The Jungle and the Debate over Federal Meat Inspection (1906) 365

13 The Battle over the Initiative and Referendum in Massachusetts (1918) 397

14 Regulating Radio in the Age of Broadcasting (1927) 429

15 The Pecora Hearings (1932-1934) 451

16 Martin Luther King and the Struggle for Black Voting Rights (1965) 491

17 Democracy and Women's Rights in America: The Fight over the ERA (1982) 537

18 Leadership and Independence at the Federal Reserve (2009) 587

19 Citizens United and Corporate Speech (2010) 632

Conclusion 667

Appendix: Follow-Ups to Cases 703

Acknowledgments 741

Index 743

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