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The spirit of compromise : why governing demands it and campaigning undermines it

Author: Amy Gutmann; Dennis F Thompson
Publisher: Princeton ; Oxford : Princeton University Press, ©2012.
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If politics is the art of the possible, then compromise is the artistry of democracy. Unless one partisan ideology holds sway over all branches of government, compromise is necessary to govern for the benefit of all citizens. A rejection of compromise biases politics in favor of the status quo, even when the rejection risks crisis. Why then is compromise so difficult in American politics today? In this book, the  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Amy Gutmann; Dennis F Thompson
ISBN: 9780691153919 0691153914
OCLC Number: 761850940
Awards: Commended for Choice Magazine Outstanding Reference/Academic Book Award 2013.
Description: viii, 279 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: Introduction --
Compromises --
Characteristics of compromise --
Mindsets of compromise --
Valuing compromise --
Resisting compromise --
Seeking compromise --
Campaigning v. governing --
Governing with campaigning.
Responsibility: Amy Gutmann and Dennis Thompson.

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Connects the rejection of compromise to the domination of campaigning over governing - the permanent campaign - in American democracy. This title shows that campaigning for political office calls for  Read more...

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One of Choice's Outstanding Academic Titles for 2013 "Provide[s] grist for thinking through the difficulties of compromise in [domestic policy], from tragic choices at desperate moments of history to Read more...

 
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