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Constitutional reform and effective government

Author: James L Sundquist
Publisher: Washington, D.C. : Brookings Institution, ©1986.
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The author "questions the stability of our constitutional principles of checks and balances and separation of powers when the nation faces a stalemated governing system. He urges identifying weaknesses to permit effective policymaking."
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Sundquist, James L.
Constitutional reform and effective government.
Washington, D.C. : Brookings Institution, ©1986
(OCoLC)569196647
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: James L Sundquist
ISBN: 0815782284 9780815782285 0815782276 9780815782278
OCLC Number: 12808335
Notes: Spine title: Constitutional reform.
Description: x, 262 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: The constitutional dilemma : The current constitutional debate ; The barriers to constitutional reform ; The parliamentary model-and incrementalism ; What changes might work? --
Origins of the constitutional structure : Checks on the congress ; Checks on the president ; The process of amendment --
Two centuries of constitutional debate : Presidential tenure ; Linking cabinet and congress ; Direct election of senators ; The amendment process ; Approval treaties ; Congressional tenure ; Removing a failed president ; The war power ; Efficiency, leadership, and accountability --
Forestalling divided government : Designing a solution ; The presidential-congressional team ticket ; Two simpler approaches ; Bonus seats in the congress ; Effectiveness versus feasibility --
Lengthening terms of office :The four-eight-four plan ; The six-six-three plan ; Repeal of the twenty-second amendment ; Eliminating the midterm election --
Reconstituting a failed government : Special elections as the remedy ; Designing the special election mechanism ; The need for a safety valve --
Fostering inter branch collaboration : Modifying the separation of powers ; Strengthening political parties ; The obstacles to improved collaboration --
Altering the checks and balances : The item veto ; The legislative veto ; The war power ; Approval of treaties ; Breaking deadlocks by referenda ; Preserving the executive-legislative balance --
The prospects for constitutional reform : The difficulty of doing anything ; Variations in the amendment process ; The problem of gainers and losers.
Other Titles: Constitutional reform
Responsibility: James L. Sundquist.

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The author "questions the stability of our constitutional principles of checks and balances and separation of powers when the nation faces a stalemated governing system. He urges identifying weaknesses to permit effective policymaking."

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