Our Undemocratic Constitution: Where the Constitution Goes Wrong (And How We the People Can Correct It)

By Sanford Levinson

Levinson argues that too a lot of our Constitution's provisions advertise both unjust or useless govt. below the prevailing blueprint, we will be able to neither rid ourselves of incompetent presidents nor guarantee continuity of presidency following catastrophic assaults. less significant, might be, yet definitely troublesome, is the appointment of perfect court docket judges for all times. including insult to damage, the USA structure is the main tough to amend or replace of any structure presently latest on the earth this day. Democratic debate leaves few stones unturned, yet we have a tendency to take our uncomplicated constitutional constructions without any consideration. Levinson boldly demanding situations the yankee humans to adopt a protracted late public dialogue on how they could most sensible reform this such a lot hallowed rfile and build a structure sufficient to our democratic values.

"Admirably gutsy and unfashionable."
--Michael Kinsley, The manhattan Times

"Bold, bracingly unromantic, and full of illuminating insights. He accomplishes an not going feat, that is to make a very severe argument for a brand new constitutional conference, person who is based squarely on democratic ideals."
--Cass R. Sunstein, The New Republic

"Everyone who cares approximately how our executive works may still learn this considerate book."
--Washington Lawyer

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Democracy in Decline: Steps in the Wrong Direction

By James Allan

Half lament, half provocative call-to-action, Democracy in Decline charts how democracy is being diluted and constrained in 5 of the world's oldest democracies - the U.S., Canada, the uk, Australia, and New Zealand. James Allan goals 4 major, interconnected factors of decline - judicial activism, the transformation and progress of foreign legislation, the advance of supranational companies, and the presence of undemocratic elites. He offers a powerful argument that an analogous traits are happening even if the rustic has a constitutional invoice of rights (United States and Canada), a statutory invoice of rights (the uk and New Zealand), or no invoice of rights in any respect (Australia). choosing strategies utilized by legal professionals, judges, and foreign bureaucrats to disclaim that any decline has happened, Allan seems forward to extra deterioration because of assaults on unfastened speech, illiberal worldviews, internationalization via treaties and conventions, and unlawful immigration. Social and political judgements, Allan argues, needs to be according to counting each grownup in a kingdom country as equivalent. an important booklet for someone concerned about majority rule and equity in numbers, Democracy in Decline provides a transparent, well-stated account of developments which were undermining democracy over 3 a long time.

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How Democratic is the American Constitution? Second Edition

During this quantity, an eminent political scientist questions the level to which the yankee structure furthers democratic objectives. Robert Dahl unearths the Constitution's possibly antidemocratic components and explains why they're there, compares the yank constitutional procedure to different democratic platforms, and explores how americans may perhaps adjust their political process to accomplish higher equality between electorate. In a brand new bankruptcy for this moment variation, he indicates how expanding modifications in nation populations published by means of the Census of 2000 have additional elevated the veto energy over constitutional amendments held through a tiny minority of usa citizens. He then explores the clients for altering a few vital political practices that aren't prescribed through the written structure, even though such a lot americans could think them to be so.

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Dissensus: On Politics and Aesthetics

Dissensus: On Politics and Aesthetics brings jointly a few of Jacques Rancière's latest writings on paintings and politics to teach the severe capability of 2 of his most crucial suggestions: the aesthetics of politics and the politics of aesthetics.

In this attention-grabbing assortment, Rancière engages in an intensive critique of a few of his significant contemporaries on questions of artwork and politics: Gilles Deleuze, Antonio Negri, Giorgio Agamben, Alain Badiou and Jacques Derrida. The essays exhibit how Rancière's principles can be utilized to examine modern tendencies in either artwork and politics, together with the occasions surrounding 11th of September, struggle within the modern consensual age, and the moral flip of aesthetics and politics. Rancière elaborates new instructions for the strategies of politics and communism, in addition to the inspiration of what a 'politics of artwork' will be.

This very important assortment comprises numerous essays that experience by no means formerly been released in English, in addition to a new afterword. jointly those essays function an outstanding creation to the paintings of 1 of the world's such a lot influential modern thinkers.

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On War and Democracy

By Christopher Kutz

On warfare and Democracy offers a richly nuanced exam of the ethical justifications democracies usually invoke to salary struggle. during this compelling and provocative ebook, Christopher Kutz argues that democratic rules could be either fertile and poisonous flooring for the venture of proscribing war's violence. simply by means of studying to view warfare as constrained by way of our democratic values--rather than as a device for selling them--can we are hoping to arrest the slide towards the without borderlines, doubtless unending democratic "holy wars" and campaigns of distant killings we're witnessing this day, and to forestall completely using torture and mystery law.

Kutz indicates how our democratic values, understood incautiously and incorrectly, can really undermine the objective of proscribing struggle. He is helping us greater comprehend why we're tempted to think that collective violence within the identify of politics might be valid while person violence isn't. In doing so, he bargains a daring new account of democratic company that recognizes the necessity for nationwide protection and the merchandising of liberty out of the country whereas restricting the enticements of army intervention. Kutz demonstrates why we needs to deal with matters concerning the technique of waging war--including distant battle and surveillance--and why we needs to create associations to shield a few nondemocratic values, reminiscent of dignity and martial honor, from the specter of democratic politics.

On conflict and Democracy unearths why knowing democracy when it comes to political business enterprise, now not institutional strategy, is essential to restricting while and the way democracies use violence.

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The Science of Liberty: Democracy, Reason, and the Laws of Nature

By Timothy Ferris

“Ferris is a grasp analogist who conveys his insights at the heritage of cosmology with a lyrical flair.” —The big apple occasions ebook Review

In The technological know-how of Liberty, award-winning writer Timothy Ferris—called “the most sensible renowned technology author within the English language this present day” through the Christian technology visual display unit and “the most sensible technology author of his iteration” via the Washington Post—makes a passionate case for technological know-how because the thought at the back of the increase of liberalism and democracy. within the grand culture of such luminaries of the sphere as invoice Bryson, Richard Dawkins, and Oliver Sacks—as good as his personal The complete Shebang and Coming of Age within the Milky Way—Ferris has written an excellent chronicle of ways technology sparked the unfold of liberal democracy and reworked today’s international.

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Radicalism and Political Reform in the Islamic and Western Worlds

By Kai Hafez

Over the past decade, political Islam has been denounced within the Western media and within the surrounding literature as a terrorist or fascist circulate that's totally at odds with Western democratic ideology. Kai Hafez's e-book overturns those arguments, contending that, regardless of its excesses, as a thorough type of political competition the circulation performs a principal function within the methods of democratization and modernization, and that those approaches have direct parallels within the heritage and politics of the West. by way of reading the evolution of Christian democratization in the course of the upheavals of the Reformation, colonisation, fascism, and totalitarianism, the ebook indicates how radicalism and violence have been consistent accompaniments to political swap, and that those parts - regardless of assertions on the contrary - are nonetheless a part of Western political tradition to today. during this means, the publication attracts hopeful conclusions concerning the power for political, non secular, and cultural transformation within the Islamic global, that is already exemplified by means of the circumstances of Turkey, Indonesia, and plenty of components of South Asia. The e-book marks an incredible improvement within the examine of radical activities and their contribution to political switch.

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From Dictatorship to Democracy: A Conceptual Framework for Liberation

By Gene Sharp

Twenty-one years in the past, at a friend’s request, a Massachusetts professor sketched out a blueprint for nonviolent resistance to repressive regimes. it can pass directly to be translated, photocopied, and passed from one activist to a different, touring from nation to state around the globe: from Iran to Venezuela—where both international locations think of Gene Sharp to be an enemy of the state—to Serbia; Afghanistan; Vietnam; the previous Soviet Union; China; Nepal; and, extra lately and significantly, Tunisia, Egypt, Yemen, Libya, and Syria, the place it has served as a guiding gentle of the Arab Spring.

This brief, pithy, inspiring, and terribly transparent advisor to overthrowing a dictatorship by means of nonviolent skill lists 198 particular how you can contemplate, reckoning on the situations: sit-ins, renowned nonobedience, selective moves, withdrawal of financial institution deposits, profit refusal, walkouts, silence, and starvation moves. From Dictatorship to Democracy is the impressive paintings that has made the little-known Sharp into the world’s optimum and sought-after analyst of resistance to authoritarian regimes.

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Behind A Veil of Ignorance?: Power and Uncertainty in Constitutional Design (Studies in Public Choice, Volume 32)

This quantity is a really fascinating learn undertaking that comes with the main cautious paintings on constitutional strength and bounds to authority of which i'm conscious. regularly, the members locate that constitutional negotiations usually happened in settings the place uncertainty was once massive. additionally they locate that the extra exact the characterization of strength relationships, the extra liberal and sturdy the democracy has a tendency to be.

This publication addresses the difficulty of the influence of uncertainty in constitutional layout. To what quantity do structure drafters and adopters make their judgements at the back of a veil of lack of know-how? extra essentially, do we infer from constitutional texts the measure of uncertainty confronted through structure drafters and adopters? After an creation (chapter 1), the publication proceeds in elements. the 1st half (chapters 2 to four) introduces to the highbrow filiation of the undertaking and to its theoretical and methodological foundations. the second one half (chapters five to thirteen) provides 9 case stories equipped at the similar constitution: historic account of the making of the structure, result of the content material research of the constitutional textual content, and dialogue of particular concerns raised within the research. bankruptcy 14 concludes.

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Activism and Rhetoric: Theories and Contexts for Political Engagement

This volume examines the function of rhetoric in today’s tradition of democratic activism. the quantity takes on of the main major demanding situations at present dealing with modern rhetorical reports: (1) the contested meanings and practices of democracy and civic engagement in international context, and (2) the vital position of rhetoric in democratic activist practices. In providing numerous political and rhetorical struggles of their particular contexts, editors Seth Kahn and JongHwa Lee enable members to mirror on and problematic chances for either activist ways to rhetorical experiences, and rhetorical methods to activist tasks, facilitating greater realizing the socio-political outcomes of this paintings.

With members from widely recognized students in communique and composition experiences, the gathering deals sensible circumstances that spotlight how rhetoric mediates, constitutes, and/or intervenes in democratic rules and practices. It additionally considers theoretical questions that recognize profound voids within the rhetorical culture (e.g., Western, neo-Aristotelian, liberal) and extend the horizon of conventional rhetorical views. It advocates new wisdom and practices that additional advertise civic engagement, social switch and democracy within the worldwide context.

Activism and Rhetoric will be acceptable for students and scholars throughout disciplines, including rhetoric, composition, verbal exchange reviews, political technology, cultural reviews, and women’s reviews.

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