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Ambition in America : political power and the collapse of citizenship

Author: Jeffrey A Becker
Publisher: Lexington, Kentucky : University Press of Kentucky, 2014.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Most Americans admire the determination and drive of artists, athletes, and CEOs, but they seem to despise similar ambition in their elected officials. The structure of political representation and the separation of powers detailed in the United States Constitution were intended to restrain self-interested ambition. Because not all citizens have a desire to rule, republican democracies must choose leaders from pools  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Becker, Jeffrey A., 1968-
Ambition in America
(DLC) 2014010376
(OCoLC)858901741
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Jeffrey A Becker
ISBN: 9780813145068 0813145066 0813145058 9780813145051
OCLC Number: 877868065
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: Preface: the triumph of ambition and the collapse of citizenship? --
Introduction : the paradox of power in America --
The ambition of moral citizens : belonging and the limits of the moral community --
The ambition of interests : American constitutionalism --
The ambition of popular control : Jacksonian democracy and American populism --
The ambition to recover democratic excellence : Tocqueville and Franklin Delano Roosevelt --
To flatter and obey : the triumph of ambition --
Keeping ambition accountable : a place for political parties --
Conclusion : the collapse of modern citizenship.
Responsibility: Jeffrey A. Becker.

Abstract:

Most Americans admire the determination and drive of artists, athletes, and CEOs, but they seem to despise similar ambition in their elected officials. The structure of political representation and the separation of powers detailed in the United States Constitution were intended to restrain self-interested ambition. Because not all citizens have a desire to rule, republican democracies must choose leaders from pools of ambitious candidates while trying to prevent those same people from exploiting public power to dominate the less ambitious. Ambition in America: Political Power and the Collapse.

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