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

Author: Richard Ellis; Michael Nelson
Publisher: Thousand Oaks, California : CQ Press ; London, United Kingdom : SAGE Publications Ltd., [2013] ©2014
Edition/Format:   Book : English : Second editionView all editions and formats
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Presenting a range of essays from top scholars in the field, this reader helps students to understand how American Government institutions can be made to work better

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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Richard Ellis; Michael Nelson
ISBN: 9781452240022 1452240027
OCLC Number: 826659405
Notes: Previous edition: 2010.
Description: xxi, 373 pages : illustrations (black and white) ; 23 cm.
Contents: Preface Contributors Pro: Resolved, Article V should be revised to make it easier to amend the Constitution and to call a constitutional convention - Sanford Levinson Con: Resolved, Article V should be revised to make it easier to amend the Constitution and to call a constitutional convention - David E. Kyvig Pro: Resolved, Congress should restore each state's freedom to set its drinking age - John M. McCardell Con: Resolved, Congress should restore each state's freedom to set its drinking age - James C. Fell Pro: Resolved, the Constitution should be amended to overturn the Supreme Court's ruling in Citizens United - Jamie Raskin Con: Resolved, the Constitution should be amended to overturn the Supreme Court's ruling in Citizens United - John Samples Pro: Resolved, Congress should pass the Democracy Restoration Act restoring the right to vote in federal elections to people with criminal records - Erika L. Wood Con: Resolved, Congress should pass the Democracy Restoration Act restoring the right to vote in federal elections to people with criminal records - Roger Clegg Pro: Resolved, the United States should adopt a national initiative and referendum - Todd Donovan Con: Resolved, the United States should adopt a national initiative and referendum - Richard J. Ellis Pro: Resolved, the United States should adopt compulsory voting - Martin P. Wattenberg Con: Resolved, the United States should adopt compulsory voting - Jason Brennan Pro: Resolved, Congress should bring back the fairness doctrine - Marjorie Randon Hershey Con: Resolved, Congress should bring back the fairness doctrine - James Gattuso Pro: Resolved, political parties should nominate candidates for president in a national primary - Caroline J. Tolbert Con: Resolved, political parties should nominate candidates for president in a national primary - David P. Redlawsk Pro: Resolved, states should require open primaries - Mark A. Siegel Con: Resolved, states should require open primaries - Seth E. Masket Pro: Resolved, earmarks for special interests should be abolished - Jeffrey Lazarus Con: Resolved, earmarks for special interests should be abolished - Scott A. Frisch and Sean Q Kelly Pro: Resolved, proportional representation should be adopted for U.S. House elections - Douglas J. Amy Con: Resolved, proportional representation should be adopted for U.S. House elections - Brendan J. Doherty Pro: Resolved, the redistricting process should be nonpartisan - Elaine C. Kamarck Con: Resolved, the redistricting process should be nonpartisan - Justin Buchler Pro: Resolved, the Senate should represent people, not states - Bruce I. Oppenheimer Con: Resolved, the Senate should represent people, not states - John J. Pitney, Jr. Pro: Resolved, Senate Rule XXII should be amended so that filibusters can be ended by a majority vote - Steven S. Smith Con: Resolved, Senate Rule XXII should be amended so that filibusters can be ended by a majority vote - Wendy J. Schiller Pro: Resolved, the electoral college should be abolished - George C. Edwards III Con: Resolved, the electoral college should be abolished - Gary L. Gregg II Pro: Resolved, the president should be granted a line item veto - Michael Nelson Con: Resolved, the president should be granted a line item veto - Robert J. Spitzer Pro: Resolved, bring back the spoils system - Domonic A. Bearfield Con: Resolved, bring back the spoils system - Marissa Martino Golden Pro: Resolved, , the terms of Supreme Court justices should be limited to eighteen years - David Karol Con: Resolved, , the terms of Supreme Court justices should be limited to eighteen years - Ward Farnsworth Pro: Resolved, the United States should adopt a balanced budget amendment - David M. Primo Con: Resolved, the United States should adopt a balanced budget amendment - John B. Gilmour Pro: Resolved, Congress should pass the War Powers Consultation Act - Nancy Kassop Pro: Resolved, Congress should pass the War Powers Consultation Act - William G. Howell
Responsibility: Richard J. Ellis and Michael Nelson, editors.

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