The Deconstitutionalization of America: The Forgotten Frailties of Democratic Rule

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In The Deconstitutionalization of America: The Forgotten Frailties of Democratic Rule, Roger M. Barrus and his coauthors embark on a discussion of American democracy from the nineteenth century to the present day. The present paradox democracy finds itself in can be summed up as 'the best of times and the worst of times.' Democracy, at its best, has triumphed throughout the world. It is the authors contention that this same success represents the potential for its undoing: with all governments claiming to be democratic, modern democrats-and this includes just about everyone-find it difficult if not impossible to understand the nature and problems of democracy. Since most everyone lives within a democratic horizon, they have nothing to compare democracy to and no one to point out its faults. In this way, they are hampered in dealing with their social and political problems, some of which may be the result of contradictions inherent in the democratic principle itself. The solution to democracy's ills might not be, after all, more democracy.
 

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James Madisons Constitution of Freedom
9
Abraham Lincolns New Birth of Freedom
25
Woodrow Wilsons Progressive Constitution
50
Franklin Roosevelt the Great Depression and the Rise of InterestGroup Government
67
Congress Increased Power and Institutional Weakness
79
Presidential Leadership and the Two Publics
98
The Modern Judiciary and Palliative Government Still the Least Dangerous Branch?
112
Deconstitutionalization and American Foreign Policy
126
National Performance Review and Madisonian Constitutionalism The Persistence of Wilsonian Administrative Thought
136
Conclusion
149
Selected Bibliography
155
Index
159
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Roger M. Barrus is Elliott Professor of Political Science at Hampden-Sydney College. John H. Eastby is Elliott Professor of Political Science at Hampden-Sydney College and Director of the Western Culture Program. Joseph H. Lane, Jr. is Assistant Professor at Emory and Henry College. David E. Marion is Elliott Professor of Political Science at Hampden-Sydney College and Director, Center for Leadership in the Public Interest. James F. Pontuso is Elliott Professor of Political Science at Hampden-Sydney College.

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