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The deconstitutionalization of America : the forgotten frailties of democratic rule

Author: Roger Milton Barrus
Publisher: Lanham, Md. : Lexington Books, ©2004.
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"In The Deconstitutionalization of America: The Forgotten Frailties of Democratic Rule, Roger M. Barrus and his coauthors embark on a discussion of American democracy from the nineteenth century to the present day. The present paradox that democracy finds itself in can be summed up as "the best of times and the worst of times." Democracy, at its best, has triumphed throughout the world. It is the authors' contention  Read more...
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Deconstitutionalization of America.
Lanham, Md. : Lexington Books, ©2004
(OCoLC)607412538
Online version:
Deconstitutionalization of America.
Lanham, Md. : Lexington Books, ©2004
(OCoLC)631389067
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Roger Milton Barrus
ISBN: 0739108344 9780739108345 0739108352 9780739108352
OCLC Number: 54503582
Description: ix, 162 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: James Madison's constitution of freedom --
Abraham Lincoln's new birth of freedom --
Woodrow Wilson's progressive constitution --
Franklin Roosevelt, the Great Depression and the rise of interest-group government --
Congress : increased power and institutional weakness --
Presidential leadership and the two publics --
The modern judiciary and palliative government : still the "least dangerous branch"? --
Deconstitutionalization and American foreign policy --
National performance review and Madisonian constitutionalism : the persistence of Wilsonian administrative thought.
Responsibility: Roger M. Barrus [and others].

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"In The Deconstitutionalization of America: The Forgotten Frailties of Democratic Rule, Roger M. Barrus and his coauthors embark on a discussion of American democracy from the nineteenth century to the present day. The present paradox that democracy finds itself in can be summed up as "the best of times and the worst of times." Democracy, at its best, has triumphed throughout the world. It is the authors' contention that this same success represents the potential for its undoing: with all governments claiming to be democratic, modern democrats - and this includes just about everyone - find it difficult if not impossible to understand the nature and problems of democracy. Since most everyone lives within a democratic horizon, they have nothing to compare democracy to and no one to point out its faults. In this way, they are hampered in dealing with their social and political problems, some of which may be the result of contradictions inherent in the democratic principle itself. After all, the solution to democracy's ills might not be more democracy. This book is essential reading for those interested in American studies, American history, and political science."--Jacket.

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