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Debating reform : conflicting perspectives on how to fix the American political system

Author: Richard Ellis; Michael Nelson
Publisher: Washington, D.C. : CQ Press, ©2011.
Series: The debating politics series from CQ Press
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Containing pro and con pieces about a variety of issues, this text encourages students to examine and evaluate arguments without relying on their own opinion.

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Debating reform.
Washington, D.C. : CQ Press, ©2011
(DLC) 2009051863
(OCoLC)453820675
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Richard Ellis; Michael Nelson
OCLC Number: 741490557
Description: 1 online resource (xxiv, 365 pages) : illustrations, maps
Contents: Article V should be revised to make it easier to amend the Constitution and to call a constitutional convention / pro: Sanford Levinson ; con: David E. Kyvig --
Congress should restore each state's freedom to set its drinking age / pro: John McCardell ; con: James C. Fell --
The United States should adopt a national initiative and referendum / pro: Todd Donovan ; con: Richard J. Ellis --
Broadcasters should be charged a spectrum fee to finance programming in the public interest / pro: Norman J. Ornstein ; con: Adam D. Thierer --
Political parties should nominate candidates for president in a national primary / pro: Caroline J. Tolbert ; con: David P. Redlawsk --
The electoral college should be abolished / pro: George C. Edwards III ; con: Daniele H. Lowenstein --
Proportional representation should be adopted for U.S. House elections / pro: Douglas J. Amy ; con: Mark E. Rush --
The "no cup of coffee" rule should be adopted in Washington / pro: Burdett Loomis ; con: Anthony J. Nownes --
The size of the House of Representatives should be increased to 675 seats / pro: Brian Frederick ; con: C. Lawrence Evans and Nicholas J. Bell --
The redistricting process should be nonpartisan / pro: Michael p. McDonald ; con: Justin Buchler. The Senate should represent people, not states / pro: Bruce I. Oppenheimer ; con: John J. Pitney Jr. --
Senate Rule XXII should be amended so that filibusters can be ended by a majority vote / pro: Steven S. Smith ; con: Wendy J. Schiller --
The president should be granted line item veto / pro: Michael Nelson ; con: Robert J. Spitzer --
The government should scale back the outsourcing of government jobs to private contractors / pro: Charles T. Goodsell ; con: E.S. Savas --
The terms of Supreme Court justices should be limited to eighteen years / pro: Steven G. Calabresi and James Lindgren ; con: Ward Farnsworth --
The United States should adopt an "emergency constitution" to preserve civil liberties in an age of terrorism / pro: Bruce Ackerman ; con: Patrick O. Gudridge --
Residents who are not citizens should be granted the right to vote / pro: Ron Hayduk ; con: Stanley A. Renshon --
The government should require national service for all youth / pro: Robert E. Litan ; con: Tod Lindberg --
The federal government should ensure that no firm is too big to fail / pro: Lawrence G. Baxter ; con: Terence M. Hynes --
Congress should pass the War Powers Constitution Act / pro: Nancy Kassop ; con: William G. Howell.
Series Title: The debating politics series from CQ Press
Responsibility: edited by Richard J. Ellis and Michael Nelson.

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