It's Even Worse Than It Looks: How the American Constitutional System Collided with the New Politics of Extremism

It's Even Worse Than It Looks: How the American Constitutional System Collided with the New Politics of Extremism

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It's Even Worse Than It Looks: How the American Constitutional System Collided with the New Politics of Extremism by Thomas E. Mann, Norman J. Ornstein


Hyperpartisanship has gridlocked the American government. Congress's approval ratings are at record lows, and both Democrats and Republicans are disgusted by the government's inability to get anything done. In It's Even Worse than It Looks, Congressional scholars Thomas E. Mann and Norman J. Ornstein present a grim picture of how party polarization and tribal politics have led Congress—and the United States—to the brink of institutional failure.

In this revised edition, the authors bring their seminal book up-to-date in a political environment that is more divided than ever. The underlying dynamics of the situation—extremist Republicans holding government hostage to their own ideological, anti-government beliefs—have only gotten worse, further bolstering their argument that Republicans are not merely ideologically different from Democrats, but engaged in a unique form of politics that undermines the system itself. Without a fundamental change in the character and course of the Republican Party, we may have a long way to go before we hit rock bottom.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780465096206
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 04/05/2016
Edition description: Revised and Expanded Edition
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 108,053
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author


Thomas E. Mann is the W. Averell Harriman Chair and senior fellow in Governance Studies at The Brookings Institution. He is a former executive director of the American Political Science Association. He lives in Bethesda, Maryland.

Norman J. Ornstein is a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute and the author of a weekly column for Roll Call, called “Congress Inside Out.” He lives in Washington, D.C. Both are fellows of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Table of Contents


Preface to the 2016 Paperback Edition
Introduction

PART I: The Problem
1. The New Politics of Hostage Taking
2. The Seeds of Dysfunction
3. Beyond the Debt Ceiling Fiasco

PART II: What to Do About It
4. Bromides to Avoid
5. Fixing the Party System
6. Reforming U.S. Political Institutions
7. Navigating the Current System

Afterword to the 2016 Paperback Edition

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It's Even Worse Than It Looks: How the American Constitutional System Collided With the New Politics of Extremism 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
KurtPgh More than 1 year ago
I have been a fan of Norm Ornstein for many years, ever since first hearing him as a commentator on politics and government on NPR. He, and Thomas Mann, provide a well-thought-out, insightful review of the origins of the current problems in the federal (and local) governance and how the problems have accelerated. They point out that a tactic of the Right and of the right-wing media is to say, "but, both sides do it", but correctly demonstrate that it is by far caused by the obstructionism and deceit of the right, with party first over country. Their solutions to gridlock, however, don't leave much hope. Good reading, but probably will not change the minds of those who need to be changed.
Reader_RabbitDP More than 1 year ago
Fair and non-partisan look at what is going wrong in our government. A little repetitive at times, but sometimes you need to say things more than once to get it to soak in.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book is very interesting, and the facts it reports about our congress is quite depressing. Still, I think this book is a must read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
On point, but disheartening.
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