The Demagogue's Playbook: The Battle for American Democracy from the Founders to Trump

The Demagogue's Playbook: The Battle for American Democracy from the Founders to Trump

by Eric A. Posner

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Overview

What Happens to Democracy When a Demagogue Comes to Power?

"It is hard to imagine understanding the Trump presidency and its significance without reading this book.”
—Bob Bauer, Former Chief Counsel to President Barack Obama

What—and who—is a demagogue? How did America’s Founders envision the presidency? What should a constitutional democracy look like—and how can it be fixed when it appears to be broken?

Something is definitely wrong with Donald Trump’s presidency, but what exactly? The extraordinary negative reaction to Trump’s election—by conservative intellectuals, liberals, Democrats, and global leaders alike—goes beyond ordinary partisan and policy disagreements. It reflects genuine fear about the vitality of our constitutional system. The Founders, reaching back to classical precedents, feared that their experiment in mass self-government could produce a demagogue: a charismatic ruler who would gain and hold on to power by manipulating the public rather than by advancing the public good.

President Trump, who has played to the mob and attacked institutions from the judiciary to the press, appears to embody these ideas. How can we move past his rhetoric and maintain faith in our great nation?

In The Demagogue’s Playbook, acclaimed legal scholar Eric A. Posner offers a blueprint for how America can prevent the rise of another demagogue and protect the features of a democracy that help it thrive—and restore national greatness, for one and all.

“Cuts through the hyperbole and hysteria that often distorts assessments of our republic, particularly at this time.” Alan Taylor, winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for History

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781250303028
Publisher: St. Martin''s Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/30/2020
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 175,003
File size: 6 MB

About the Author

ERIC A. POSNER teaches at the University of Chicago. He has written more than one hundred articles on international law, constitutional law, and other topics, and as well as more than ten books, including Radical Markets: Uprooting Capitalism and Democracy for a Just Society and The Twilight of Human Rights Law. He has written opinion pieces for The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, New Republic, Slate, and other popular media. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a member of the American Law Institute.
ERIC A. POSNER teaches at the University of Chicago. He has written more than one hundred articles on international law, constitutional law, and other topics, and as well as more than ten books, including Radical Markets: Uprooting Capitalism and Democracy for a Just Society and The Twilight of Human Rights Law. He has written opinion pieces for The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, New Republic, Slate, and other popular media. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a member of the American Law Institute.

Table of Contents

Introduction

Chapter 1. The Founders’ Vision of Elite Governance (1774-1797)

Chapter 2. The Anti-Elite Backlash of Jeffersonian Democracy (1797-1809)

Chapter 3. The First Demagogue: Andrew Jackson (1824-1837)

Chapter 4. The Populist Revolt (1865-1897)

Chapter 5. Triumph of Elite Technocracy: Theodore Roosevelt to Franklin Roosevelt (1901-1945)

Chapter 6. The Anti-Technocrat Backlash from the New Right (1945-1989)

Chapter 7. The Second Demagogue: Donald Trump (2015-Present)

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