Bad for Democracy: How the Presidency Undermines the Power of the People (Hardback)
  • Bad for Democracy: How the Presidency Undermines the Power of the People (Hardback)
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Bad for Democracy: How the Presidency Undermines the Power of the People (Hardback)

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Hardback 256 Pages / Published: 19/09/2008
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Dana D. Nelson argues that it is the office of the presidency itself that endangers the great American experiment. This urgent book, with new analysis of President Barack Obama's first months in office, reveals the futility of placing all of our hopes for the future in the American president and encourages citizens to create a politics of deliberation, action, and agency.

Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
ISBN: 9780816656776
Number of pages: 256
Weight: 517 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 23 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"Dana Nelson argues provocatively--and persuasively--that the mythological status accorded the presidency is drowning our democracy. The remedy will not come from Washington. It starts with people rediscovering--then reclaiming--their birthright as active citizens, restoring meaning to the sacred idea of self-government." --William Greider of The Nation magazine, author of The Soul of Capitalism: Opening Paths to a Moral Economy
"At a time when 'leadership' is deemed the cure for every ill--from decreasing corporate profits to increasing civic dysfunction--Dana Nelson tells us this remedy is more snake oil than good medicine. Bad For Democracy is the much-needed reminder that self-government is a do-it-yourself endeavor, and Nelson sets a standard for civic life that was promised in the country's founding, but never achieved. This book comes at exactly the right moment." --Bill Bishop, author of The Big Sort: Why the Clustering of Like-Minded America is Tearing Us Apart
"If democratic practice is going to flourish in the United States, the American people are going to have to roll up their sleeves and take on the hard work of self-governance. Dana Nelson offers an astute historical analysis of how the presidency, far from advancing this goal, has actually impeded it. Highly recommended." --David Bollier, author of Silent Theft and Brand Name Bullies

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