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

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U of Minnesota Press, 2008 - Political Science - 263 pages
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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 argue that it is the office of the presidency itself that endangers the great American experiment.
 

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Contents

The People v Presidentialism
1
1 How the President Becomes a Superhero
29
2 Voting and the Incredibly Shrinking Citizen
69
3 Presidential War Powers and Politics as War
109
4 Going Corporate with the Unitary Executive
145
Reclaiming Democratic Power for Ourselves
183
Acknowledgments
223
Bibliography
227
Index
237
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About the author (2008)

Dana D. Nelson is professor of English and American studies at Vanderbilt University where she teaches U.S. literature, history, and culture and courses that connect activism, volunteering, and citizenship.

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