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Bad for Democracy : How the Presidency Undermines the Power of the People

Author: Dana D Nelson
Publisher: Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, ©2008.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English
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Throughout our history, Americans have been simultaneously inspired and seduced by the American presidency and concerned about the misuse of presidential power-from the time of Lincoln, Wilson, and FDR to Nixon, Reagan, and George W. Bush-as a grave threat to the United States. In Bad for Democracy, Dana D. Nelson goes beyond blaming particular presidents for jeopardizing the delicate balance of the Constitution to  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Dana D Nelson
ISBN: 0816666601 9780816666607 9780816656776 0816656770 9780816656783 0816656789
Language Note: English.
OCLC Number: 1162243113
Notes: Description based upon print version of record.
Description: 1 online resource (272 p.)
Contents: Introduction : the people v. presidentialism --
How the president becomes a superhero --
Voting and the incredibly shrinking citizen --
Presidential war powers and politics as war --
Going corporate with the unitary executive --
Conclusion : reclaiming democratic power for ourselves.
Responsibility: Dana D. Nelson.

Abstract:

Throughout our history, Americans have been simultaneously inspired and seduced by the American presidency and concerned about the misuse of presidential power-from the time of Lincoln, Wilson, and FDR to Nixon, Reagan, and George W. Bush-as a grave threat to the United States. In Bad for Democracy, Dana D. Nelson goes beyond blaming particular presidents for jeopardizing the delicate balance of the Constitution to argue that it is the office of the presidency itself that endangers the great American experiment. The emotional impulse to see the president as a hero, Nelson contends, has ceded o.
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