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Deliberation and the Restoration of America's Democratic Potential: A Primer on American Government

Deliberation and the Restoration of America's Democratic Potential: A Primer on American Government

by Elkin Terry Jack, Edward N. Wright


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Deliberation and the Restoration of America's Democratic Potential explains why and how deliberation is the foundation of our democratic way of life, and the impact it has on our political institutions. The book discusses the origins of the Constitution; the use of federalism to enliven our communities; the necessity mediating institutions to aggregate the voice of the people; and the processes of the three branches of government and their connection to American citizens. It concludes with a look into the future of politics and government, urging the reader toward a more active role for the citizen leader. Overall, this work offers a comprehensive view of the American governmental system, one that every citizen can use as a manual when reevaluating his or her role in the practice of politics.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780761838449
Publisher: UPA
Publication date: 08/17/2007
Pages: 170
Product dimensions: 6.12(w) x 9.01(h) x 0.52(d)

About the Author

Elkin Terry Jack taught American government and political science for thirty-four years at Gulf Coast Community College. Long a principal in the College's Citizen Leadership Institute, Professor Jack contributes a weekly political commentary on NPR station WKGC. Edward N. Wright taught political science and public administration at the U.S. Air Force Academy, the University of Colorado, Colorado State University, and Florida State University. Professor Wright retired as the Dean and CEO of Florida State University's regional campus in Panama City, Florida in 2005.

Table of Contents

Part 1 Introduction Chapter 2 Public Talk: A Political Paradigm Reconsidered Chapter 3 To Form a More Perfect Union: The Constitutional Basis of American Politics Chapter 4 Federalism and the Need for Communitas Chapter 5 Political Parties and the Ideal of an Inclusive Public Chapter 6 The Congress - The Center of the American Constitutional System Chapter 7 The American Presidency Chapter 8 The Judiciary Chapter 9 In Search of a Public Transformation: Community Collaboration and the Origin of Politics Part 10 About the Authors Part 11 Index

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