Democracy in America?
What Has Gone Wrong and What We Can Do About It
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How did we get here? Through decades of dysfunctional government. In Democracy in America? veteran political observers Benjamin I. Page and Martin Gilens marshal an unprecedented array of evidence to show that while other countries have responded to a rapidly changing economy by helping people who’ve been left behind, the United States has failed to do so. Instead, we have actually exacerbated inequality, enriching corporations and the wealthy while leaving ordinary citizens to fend for themselves.
What’s the solution? More democracy. More opportunity for citizens to shape what their government does. To repair our democracy, Page and Gilens argue, we must change the way we choose candidates and conduct our elections, reform our governing institutions, and curb the power of money in politics. By doing so, we can reduce polarization and gridlock, address pressing challenges, and enact policies that truly reflect the interests of average Americans.
This book presents a damning indictment. But the situation is far from hopeless. With increased democratic participation as their guide, Page and Gilens lay out a set of proposals that would boost citizen participation, curb the power of money, and democratize the House and Senate. The only certainty is that inaction is not an option. Now is the time to act to restore and extend American democracy.
Praise For Democracy in America?: What Has Gone Wrong and What We Can Do About It…
— Kirkus Reviews
— Christian Century
— Jeffrey D. Sachs, Columbia University
— New York Journal of Books
— US Representative John Sarbanes
— Lawrence Lessig, Harvard University
— Robert B. Reich, Chancellors Professor of Public Policy, University of California, Berkeley
— Anna Galland, executive director, MoveOn.org
University of Chicago Press, 9780226508962, 352pp.
Publication Date: November 17, 2017