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The Parties Versus the People: How to Turn Republicans and Democrats Into Americans

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ISBN: 9780300198218
Author(s): Mickey Edwards
Format: Paperback
Year: 2013
Publisher: Yale University Press
Dimensions: 143 x 210 x 17 (w x l x h)
Pages: 240

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America's political system is dysfunctional. While this is a widely held view, it is a problem that - so far - has proved intractable. After every election voters discover yet again that political 'leaders' aren't leading. Instead they are simply quarreling in a never-ending battle between the two warring tribes, the Republicans and Democrats. In this critically important book, a distinguished statesman and thinker identifies exactly how our political and governing systems reward intransigence, discourage compromise, and indeed undermine our democracy. He then describes exactly what must be done to banish the negative effects of partisan warfare from our political system. As a former Congressman, Mickey Edwards witnessed firsthand how important legislative battles can devolve into struggles not over principle but over party advantage. He offers graphic examples of how this problem has intensified and reveals how political battles in the Obama era have become nothing more than conflicts between party machines. Edwards' solutions - specific, practical, fair and original - show the way to break the stranglehold of the political party system.
The Parties Versus the People offers hope for a fundamental renewal of American democracy.

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