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Author Nelson, Dana D.

Title Bad for democracy : how the Presidency undermines the power of the people / Dana D. Nelson.

Published Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, [2008]


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Physical description 1 online resource (263 pages) : illustrations
Series Books at JSTOR All Purchased.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 227-236) and index.
Contents Introduction : the people v. presidentialism -- How the president becomes a superhero -- Voting and the incredibly shrinking citizen -- Presidential war powers and politics as war -- Going corporate with the unitary executive -- Conclusion : reclaiming democratic power for ourselves.
Summary 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. The emotional impulse to see the president as a hero, Nelson contends, has ceded o.
Other author JSTOR, issuing body.
Subject Executive power -- United States.
Presidents -- United States.
Democracy -- United States.
Electronic books.
Electronic books.
ISBN 9780816666607 (electronic bk.)
0816666601 (electronic bk.)
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