How Democratic Is the American Constitution  Book

How Democratic Is the American Constitution

  • Author : Robert A. Dahl
  • Publisher : Yale University Press
  • Release Date : 2003-11-10
  • Genre: Law
  • Pages : 208
  • ISBN 10 : 9780300133721

How Democratic Is the American Constitution Excerpt :

In this provocative book, one of our most eminent political scientists questions the extent to which the American Constitution furthers democratic goals. Robert Dahl reveals the Constitution's potentially antidemocratic elements and explains why they are there, compares the American constitutional system to other democratic systems, and explores how we might alter our political system to achieve greater equality among citizens. In a new chapter for this second edition, he shows how increasing differences in state populations revealed by the Census of 2000 have further increased the veto power over constitutional amendments held by a tiny minority of Americans. He then explores the prospects for changing some important political practices that are not prescribed by the written Constitution, though most Americans may assume them to be so.

Our Undemocratic Constitution Book

Our Undemocratic Constitution

  • Author : Sanford Levinson
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Release Date : 2008
  • Genre: Law
  • Pages : 260
  • ISBN 10 : 9780195365573

Our Undemocratic Constitution Excerpt :

Levinson argues that too many of our Constitution's provisions promote either unjust or ineffective government. Under the existing blueprint, we can neither rid ourselves of incompetent presidents nor assure continuity of government following catastrophic attacks. Less important, perhaps, but certainly problematic, is the appointment of Supreme Court judges for life. Adding insult to injury, the United States Constitution is the most difficult to amend or update of any constitution currently existing in the world today. Democratic debate leaves few stones unturned, but we tend to take our basic constitutional structures for granted. Levinson boldly challenges the American people to undertake a long overdue public discussion on how they might best reform this most hallowed document and construct a constitution adequate to our democratic values. "Admirably gutsy and unfashionable." --Michael Kinsley, The New York Times "Bold, bracingly unromantic, and filled with illuminating insights. He accomplishes an unlikely feat, which is to make a really serious argument for a new constitutional convention, one that is founded squarely on democratic ideals." --Cass R. Sunstein, The New Republic "Everyone who cares about how our government works should read this thoughtful book." --Washington Lawyer

How Democratic is the Constitution  Book

How Democratic is the Constitution

  • Author : Robert A. Goldwin
  • Publisher : A E I Press
  • Release Date : 1980
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 172
  • ISBN 10 : UOM:39015001572505

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Too Young to Run  Book

Too Young to Run

  • Author : John Evan Seery
  • Publisher : Penn State Press
  • Release Date : 2011
  • Genre: Political Science
  • Pages : 202
  • ISBN 10 : 9780271048536

Too Young to Run Excerpt :

"Examines the history, theory, and politics behind the age qualifications for elected federal office in the United States Constitution. Argues that the right to run for office ought to be extended to all adult-age citizens who are otherwise office-eligible"--Provided by publisher.

How Democracies Die Book
Score: 4.5
From 15 Ratings

How Democracies Die

  • Author : Steven Levitsky
  • Publisher : Crown
  • Release Date : 2019-01-08
  • Genre: Political Science
  • Pages : 322
  • ISBN 10 : 9781524762940

How Democracies Die Excerpt :

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • “Comprehensive, enlightening, and terrifyingly timely.”—The New York Times Book Review (Editors' Choice) WINNER OF THE GOLDSMITH BOOK PRIZE • SHORTLISTED FOR THE LIONEL GELBER PRIZE • NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The Washington Post • Time • Foreign Affairs • WBUR • Paste Donald Trump’s presidency has raised a question that many of us never thought we’d be asking: Is our democracy in danger? Harvard professors Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt have spent more than twenty years studying the breakdown of democracies in Europe and Latin America, and they believe the answer is yes. Democracy no longer ends with a bang—in a revolution or military coup—but with a whimper: the slow, steady weakening of critical institutions, such as the judiciary and the press, and the gradual erosion of long-standing political norms. The good news is that there are several exit ramps on the road to authoritarianism. The bad news is that, by electing Trump, we have already passed the first one. Drawing on decades of research and a wide range of historical and global examples, from 1930s Europe to contemporary Hungary, Turkey, and Venezuela, to the American South during Jim Crow, Levitsky and Ziblatt show how democracies die—and how ours can be saved. Praise for How Democracies Die “What we desperately need is a sober, dispassionate look at the current state of affairs. Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt, two of the most respected scholars in the field of democracy studies, offer just that.”—The Washington Post “Where Levitsky and Ziblatt make their mark is in weaving together political science and historical analysis of both domestic and international democratic crises; in doing so, they expand the conversation beyond Trump and before him, to other countries and to the deep structure of American democracy and politics.”—Ezra Klein, Vox “If you only read one book for the rest of the year, read How Democra

Democracy and Constitutions Book

Democracy and Constitutions

  • Author : Allan C. Hutchinson
  • Publisher : University of Toronto Press
  • Release Date : 2021
  • Genre: Constitutional law
  • Pages : 220
  • ISBN 10 : 9781487507930

Democracy and Constitutions Excerpt :

Bold and unconventional, this book advocates for an institutional turn-about in the relationship between democracy and constitutionalism.

The People   s Constitution Book

The People s Constitution

  • Author : John F. Kowal
  • Publisher : The New Press
  • Release Date : 2021-09-07
  • Genre: Law
  • Pages : 493
  • ISBN 10 : 9781620975626

The People s Constitution Excerpt :

The story of how the American people have taken an imperfect constitution—the product of compromises and an artifact of its time—and made it more democratic Who wrote the Constitution? That's obvious, we think: fifty-five men in Philadelphia in 1787. But much of the Constitution was actually written later, in a series of twenty-seven amendments enacted over the course of two centuries. The real history of the Constitution is the astonishing story of how subsequent generations have reshaped our founding document amid some of the most colorful, contested, and controversial battles in American political life. It's a story of how We the People have improved our government's structure and expanded the scope of our democracy during eras of transformational social change. The People's Constitution is an elegant, sobering, and masterly account of the evolution of American democracy. From the addition of the Bill of Rights, a promise made to save the Constitution from near certain defeat, to the post–Civil War battle over the Fourteenth Amendment, from the rise and fall of the "noble experiment" of Prohibition to the defeat and resurgence of an Equal Rights Amendment a century in the making, The People's Constitution is the first book of its kind: a vital guide to America's national charter, and an alternative history of the continuing struggle to realize the Framers' promise of a more perfect union.

Freedom s Law Book

Freedom s Law

  • Author : Ronald Dworkin
  • Publisher : OUP Oxford
  • Release Date : 1999
  • Genre: Law
  • Pages : 438
  • ISBN 10 : 9780198265573

Freedom s Law Excerpt :

Dworkin's important book is a collection of essays which discuss almost all of the great constitutional issues of the last two decades, including abortion, euthanasia, capital punishment, homosexuality, pornography, and free speech. Dworkin offers a consistently liberal view of the Constitution and argues that fidelity to it and to law demands that judges make moral judgments. He proposes that we all interpret the abstract language of the Constitution by reference to moral principles about political decency and justice. His 'moral reading' therefore brings political morality into the heart of constitutional law. The various chapters of this book were first published separately; now drawn together they provide the reader with a rich, full-length treatment of Dworkin's general theory of law.

Democracy in America Book
Score: 4
From 5 Ratings

Democracy in America

  • Author : Alexis De Tocqueville
  • Publisher : Masterlab
  • Release Date : 2010
  • Genre: Political Science
  • Pages : 371
  • ISBN 10 : 9788363625894

Democracy in America Excerpt :

The primary focus of Democracy in America is an analysis of why republican representative democracy has succeeded in the United States while failing in so many other places. Tocqueville seeks to apply the functional aspects of democracy in the United States to what he sees as the failings of democracy in his native France. Tocqueville speculates on the future of democracy in the United States, discussing possible threats to democracy and possible dangers of democracy. These include his belief that democracy has a tendency to degenerate into "soft despotism" as well as the risk of developing a tyranny of the majority. He observes that the strong role religion played in the United States was due to its separation from the government, a separation all parties found agreeable. He contrasts this to France where there was what he perceived to be an unhealthy antagonism between democrats and the religious, which he relates to the connection between church and state. Insightful analysis of political society was supplemented in the second volume by description of civil society as a sphere of private and civilian affairs. Ebook EPUB version - flexible layout with scalable text.

How to Save a Constitutional Democracy Book

How to Save a Constitutional Democracy

  • Author : Tom Ginsburg
  • Publisher : University of Chicago Press
  • Release Date : 2018-10-05
  • Genre: Law
  • Pages : 306
  • ISBN 10 : 9780226564388

How to Save a Constitutional Democracy Excerpt :

Democracies are in danger. Around the world, a rising wave of populist leaders threatens to erode the core structures of democratic self rule. In the United States, the election of Donald Trump marked a decisive turning point for many. What kind of president calls the news media the “enemy of the American people,” or sees a moral equivalence between violent neo-Nazi protesters in paramilitary formation and residents of a college town defending the racial and ethnic diversity of their homes? Yet, whatever our concerns about the current president, we can be assured that the Constitution offers safeguards to protect against lasting damage—or can we? How to Save a Constitutional Democracy mounts an urgent argument that we can no longer afford to be complacent. Drawing on a rich array of other countries’ experiences with democratic backsliding, Tom Ginsburg and Aziz Z. Huq show how constitutional rules can either hinder or hasten the decline of democratic institutions. The checks and balances of the federal government, a robust civil society and media, and individual rights—such as those enshrined in the First Amendment—do not necessarily succeed as bulwarks against democratic decline. Rather, Ginsburg and Huq contend, the sobering reality for the United States is that, to a much greater extent than is commonly realized, the Constitution’s design makes democratic erosion more, not less, likely. Its structural rigidity has had the unforeseen consequence of empowering the Supreme Court to fill in some details—often with doctrines that ultimately facilitate rather than inhibit the infringement of rights. Even the bright spots in the Constitution—the First Amendment, for example—may have perverse consequences in the hands of a deft communicator, who can degrade the public sphere by wielding hateful language that would be banned in many other democracies. But we—and the rest of the world—can do better. The authors conclude by laying out practical steps

Mortal Republic Book
Score: 4
From 1 Ratings

Mortal Republic

  • Author : Edward J. Watts
  • Publisher : Basic Books
  • Release Date : 2018-11-06
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 352
  • ISBN 10 : 9780465093823

Mortal Republic Excerpt :

Learn why the Roman Republic collapsed -- and how it could have continued to thrive -- with this insightful history from an award-winning author. In Mortal Republic, prize-winning historian Edward J. Watts offers a new history of the fall of the Roman Republic that explains why Rome exchanged freedom for autocracy. For centuries, even as Rome grew into the Mediterranean's premier military and political power, its governing institutions, parliamentary rules, and political customs successfully fostered negotiation and compromise. By the 130s BC, however, Rome's leaders increasingly used these same tools to cynically pursue individual gain and obstruct their opponents. As the center decayed and dysfunction grew, arguments between politicians gave way to political violence in the streets. The stage was set for destructive civil wars -- and ultimately the imperial reign of Augustus. The death of Rome's Republic was not inevitable. In Mortal Republic, Watts shows it died because it was allowed to, from thousands of small wounds inflicted by Romans who assumed that it would last forever.

The Frozen Republic Book

The Frozen Republic

  • Author : Daniel Lazare
  • Publisher : Harcourt
  • Release Date : 1996
  • Genre: Political Science
  • Pages : 393
  • ISBN 10 : UOM:39015031848321

The Frozen Republic Excerpt :

Argues that our Founding Fathers' system of checks and balances created a government without direction or authority, and calls for the casting off of out-moded constitutional constraints

Can America Govern Itself  Book

Can America Govern Itself

  • Author : Frances E. Lee
  • Publisher : Cambridge University Press
  • Release Date : 2019-06-20
  • Genre: Law
  • Pages : 371
  • ISBN 10 : 9781108497299

Can America Govern Itself Excerpt :

Analyzes how rising party polarization, unequal representation, and economic inequalities affect the performance of American governing institutions.

Judicial Independence and the American Constitution Book

Judicial Independence and the American Constitution

  • Author : Martin H. Redish
  • Publisher : Stanford University Press
  • Release Date : 2017-03-21
  • Genre: Law
  • Pages : 272
  • ISBN 10 : 9781503601840

Judicial Independence and the American Constitution Excerpt :

The Framers of the American Constitution took special pains to ensure that the governing principles of the republic were insulated from the reach of simple majorities. Only super-majoritarian amendments could modify these fundamental constitutional dictates. The Framers established a judicial branch shielded from direct majoritarian political accountability to protect and enforce these constitutional limits. Paradoxically, only a counter-majoritarian judicial branch could ensure the continued vitality of our representational form of government. This important lesson of the paradox of American democracy has been challenged and often ignored by office holders and legal scholars. Judicial Independence and the American Constitution provocatively defends the centrality of these special protections of judicial independence. Martin H. Redish explains how the nation's system of counter-majoritarian constitutionalism cannot survive absent the vesting of final powers of constitutional interpretation and enforcement in the one branch of government expressly protected by the Constitution from direct political accountability: the judicial branch. He uncovers how the current framework of American constitutional law has been unwisely allowed to threaten or undermine these core precepts of judicial independence.