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Democracy Unchained: How to Rebuild Government for the People

Democracy Unchained: How to Rebuild Government for the People

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Overview

A stellar group of America's leading political thinkers explore how to reboot our democracy


The presidential election of 2016 highlighted some long-standing flaws in American democracy and added a few new ones. Across the political spectrum, most Americans do not believe that democracy is delivering on its promises of fairness, justice, shared prosperity, or security in a changing world. The nation cannot even begin to address climate change and economic justice if it remains paralyzed by political gridlock.


Democracy Unchained is about making American democracy work to solve problems that have long impaired our system of governance. The book is the collective work of thirty of the most perceptive writers, practitioners, scientists, educators, and journalists writing today, who are committed to moving the political conversation from the present anger and angst to the positive and constructive change necessary to achieve the full promise of a durable democracy that works for everyone and protects our common future. Including essays by Yasha Mounk on populism, Chisun Lee on money and politics, Ras Baraka on building democracy from the ground up, and Bill McKibben on climate, Democracy Unchained is the articulation of faith in democracy and will be required reading for all who are working to make democracy a reality.



Table of Contents





Foreword


Introduction


David W. Orr





Part I. The Crisis of Democracy





Populism and Democracy


Yascha Mounk





Reconstructing Our Constitutional Democracy


K. Sabeel Rahman





Restoring Healthy Party Competition


Jacob S. Hacker and Paul Pierson





When Democracy Becomes Something Else: The Problem of Elections and What to Do About It


Andrew Gumbel





The Best Answer to Money in Politics After Citizens United: Public Campaign Financing in the Empire State and Beyond


Chisun Lee





Remaking the Presidency After Trump


Jeremi Suri





The Problem of Presidentialism


Stephen Skowronek





Part II. Foundations of Democracy





Renewing the American Democratic Faith


Steven C. Rockefeller





American Land, American Democracy


Eric Freyfogle





Race and Democracy: The Kennedys, Obama, Trump, and Us


Michael Eric Dyson





Liberty and Justice for All: Latina Activist Efforts to Strengthen Democracy in 2018


Maria Hinojosa





What Black Women Teach Us About Democracy


Andra Gillespie and Nadia E. Brown





Engines of Democracy: Racial Justice and Cultural Power


Rashad Robinson





Civic and Environmental Education: Protecting the Planet and Our Democracy


Judy Braus





The Supreme Court's Legitimacy Crisis and Constitutional Democracy’s Future


Dawn Johnsen





Part III. Policy Challenges





Can Democracy Survive the Internet?


David Hickton





The New New Deal: How to Reregulate Capitalism


Robert Kuttner





First Understand Why They're Winning: How to Save Democracy from the Anti-Immigrant


Far Right


Sasha Polakow-Suransky





No Time Left: How the System Is Failing to Address Our Ultimate Crisis


Bill McKibben





Powering Democracy Through Clean Energy


Denise G. Fairchild





The Long Crisis: American Foreign Policy Before and After Trump


Jessica Tuchman Mathews





Part IV. Who Acts, and How?





The Case for Strong Government


William S. Becker





The States


Nick Rathod





Democracy in a Struggling Swing State


Amy Hanauer





Can Independent Voters Save American Democracy? Why 42 Percent of American Voters Are Independent and How They Can Transform Our Political System


Jaqueline Salit and Thom Reilly





Philanthropy and Democracy


Stephen B. Heintz





Keeping the Republic


Dan Moulthrop





The Future of Democracy


Mayor Ras Baraka





Building a University Where All People Matter


Michael M. Crow, William B. Dabars, and Derrick M. Anderson





Biophilia and Direct Democracy


Timothy Beatley





Purpose-Driven Capitalism


Mindy Lubber





Restoring Democracy: Nature's Trust, Human Survival, and Constitutional Fiduciary Governance 397


Mary Christina Wood





Conclusion


Ganesh Sitaraman

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781620975138
Publisher: New Press, The
Publication date: 03/03/2020
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 624,651
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.70(d)

About the Author

David Orr is the Paul Sears Distinguished Professor of Environmental Studies and Politics, Emeritus, at Oberlin College.


Andrew Gumbel is a British-born journalist, based in Los Angeles, who has won awards for his work as an investigative reporter, a political columnist, and a feature writer. He is a regular contributor to The Guardian and the author of Down for the Count and Won't Lose This Dream (both from The New Press). He is also the author of Oklahoma City: What the Investigation Missed, and Why It Still Matters.


Bakari Kitwana is a journalist and activist in the area of hip-hop and black youth political engagement.


William Becker is executive director of the Presidential Climate Action Project.

Table of Contents

Foreword xi

Introduction David W. Orr 1

Part I The Crisis Of Democracy

Populism and Democracy Yascha Mounk 15

Reconstructing Our Constitutional Democracy K. Sabeel Rahman 25

Restoring Healthy Party Competition Jacob S. Hacker Paul Pierson 40

When Democracy Becomes Something Else: The Problem of Elections and What to Do About It Andrew Gumbel 58

The Best Answer to Money in Politics After Citizens United: Public Campaign Financing in the Empire State and Beyond Chisun Lee 72

Remaking the Presidency After Trump Jeremi Suri 87

The Problem of Presidentialism Stephen Skowronek 98

Part II Foundations Of Democracy

Renewing the American Democratic Faith Steven C. Rockefeller 107

American Land, American Democracy Eric Freyfogle 122

Race and Democracy: The Kennedys, Obama, Trump, and Us Michael Eric Dyson 136

Liberty and Justice for All: Latina Activist Efforts to Strengthen Democracy in 2018 Maria Hinojosa 150

What Black Women Teach Us About Democracy Andra Gillespie Nadia E. Brown 164

Engines of Democracy: Racial Justice and Cultural Power Rashad Robinson 173

Civic and Environmental Education: Protecting the Planet and Our Democracy Judy Braus 183

The Supreme Court's Legitimacy Crisis and Constitutional Democracy's Future Dawn Johnsen 196

Part III Policy Challenges

Can Democracy Survive the Internet? David Hickton 213

The New New Deal: How to Reregulate Capitalism Robert Kuttner 226

First Understand Why They're Winning: How to Save Democracy from the Anti-Immigrant Far Right Sasha Polakow-Suransky 240

No Time Left: How the System Is Failing to Address Our Ultimate Crisis Bill McKibben 254

Powering Democracy Through Clean Energy Denise G. Fairchild 263

The Long Crisis: American Foreign Policy Before and After Trump Jessica Tuchman Mathews 273

Part IV Who Acts, And How?

The Case for Strong Government William S. Becker 291

The States Nick Rathod 304

Democracy in a Struggling Swing State Amy Hanauer 319

Can Independent Voters Save American Democracy? Why 42 Percent of American Voters Are Independent and How They Can Transform Our Political System Jaqueline Salit Thom Reilly 323

Philanthropy and Democracy Stephen B. Heintz 336

Keeping the Republic Dan Moulthrop 347

The Future of Democracy Mayor Ras Baraka 352

Building a University Where All People Matter Michael M. Crow William B. Dabars Derrick M. Anderson 363

Biophilia and Direct Democracy Timothy Beatley 375

Purpose-Driven Capitalism Mindy Lubber 383

Restoring Democracy: Nature's Trust, Human Survival, and Constitutional Fiduciary Governance Mary Christina Wood 397

Conclusion Ganesh Sitaraman 409

Acknowledgments 417

Notes 419

Contributor Biographies 453

Index of Names 459

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