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American Democracy in Peril : Eight Challenges to America's Future

ISBN: 9780872899704 | 0872899705
Edition: 6th
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Cq Pr
Pub. Date: 7/15/2009

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Most would agree that American democracy thrives when citizens are informed and responsive. So how best to teach today¿s students not only how government works, but also why it works¿and maybe, more importantly, why it doesn¿t always work? Hudson provides the perfect supplement for those who want to elicit a more critical look at the functioning of our political system. He outlines eight major challenges facing America as a new president takes office, ranging from the strength of the judiciary to the trade-offs between national security and personal privacy. Challenging students to respond robustly to these challenges, he also offers possible solutions to each. The end result is to provide a sound conceptual framework for evaluating the American political system¿one that stimulates analytical thinking and discussion. Timely updates examine elections and voting¿specifically primaries and how they work, ¿machine¿ politics, and voting restrictions¿ and the national security state, with a focus on the Bush administration¿s expansion of presidential power, as well as questions of spreading democracy abroad and the rationale for international intervention.

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