Pay to Play Politics How Money Defines the American Democracy

Author: Heath Brown
Publisher: ABC-CLIO
ISBN: 1440850062
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Pay-to-Play Politics examines money and politics from different angles to understand a central paradox of American democracy: why, when the public and politicians decry money as the worst aspect of American politics, are there so few signs of change? • Presents a holistic academic treatment of the topic of money and politics in America that is also accessible to general readers • Includes a broad range of policy recommendations pertaining to lobbying, campaign finance, and wealth • Synthesizes the complex research on the relationship between money and politics, offering readers a clear explanation of what to worry about and what is not a cause for concern • Offers an expert assessment of all the major political reforms to promote democratic government and reduce the negative consequences of money and politics

Dollarocracy

Author: John Nichols
Publisher: Nation Books
ISBN: 1568587112
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In the wake of the Citizen's United decision, elections will be controlled by moneyed interests as never before.

Capitalism v Democracy

Author: Timothy K. Kuhner
Publisher: Stanford University Press
ISBN: 0804791589
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As of the latest national elections, it costs approximately $1 billion to become president, $10 million to become a Senator, and $1 million to become a Member of the House. High-priced campaigns, an elite class of donors and spenders, superPACs, and increasing corporate political power have become the new normal in American politics. In Capitalism v. Democracy, Timothy Kuhner explains how these conditions have corrupted American democracy, turning it into a system of rule that favors the wealthy and marginalizes ordinary citizens. Kuhner maintains that these conditions have corrupted capitalism as well, routing economic competition through political channels and allowing politically powerful companies to evade market forces. The Supreme Court has brought about both forms of corruption by striking down campaign finance reforms that limited the role of money in politics. Exposing the extreme economic worldview that pollutes constitutional interpretation, Kuhner shows how the Court became the architect of American plutocracy. Capitalism v. Democracy offers the key to understanding why corporations are now citizens, money is political speech, limits on corporate spending are a form of censorship, democracy is a free market, and political equality and democratic integrity are unconstitutional constraints on money in politics. Supreme Court opinions have dictated these conditions in the name of the Constitution, as though the Constitution itself required the privatization of democracy. Kuhner explores the reasons behind these opinions, reveals that they form a blueprint for free market democracy, and demonstrates that this design corrupts both politics and markets. He argues that nothing short of a constitutional amendment can set the necessary boundaries between capitalism and democracy.

Dark Money

Author: Jane Mayer
Publisher: Anchor Books
ISBN: 0307947904
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Why is America living in an age of profound economic inequality? Why, despite the desperate need to address climate change, have even modest environmental efforts been defeated again and again? Why have protections for employees been decimated? Why do hedge-fund billionaires pay a far lower tax rate than middle-class workers? --Publisher.

How Democracies Die

Author: Steven Levitsky
Publisher: Crown
ISBN: 1524762938
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Fateful alliances -- Gatekeeping in America -- The great Republican abdication -- Subverting democracy -- The guardrails of democracy -- The unwritten rules of American politics -- The unraveling -- Trump against the guardrails -- Saving democracy

Democracy Gone

Author: Robert P. Abele
Publisher: Hamilton Books
ISBN: 076184676X
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This book argues that the last eight years in particular have shown us that our democracy has largely evaporated, leaving behind only an exoskeleton that was once its original vertebrae of ends and principles. It is critical to our form of democracy in the U.S. that citizens become active participants.

Political Realism

Author: Jonathan Rauch
Publisher: Brookings Institution Press
ISBN: 0815727399
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A free eBook that asks hard questions about why politics once worked, and how today’s politics do not. What if idealistic reform itself is a culprit? In Political Realism, Jonathan Rauch argues that well-meaning efforts to stem corruption and increase participation have stripped political leaders and organizations of the tools they need to forge compromises and make them stick. Fortunately, he argues, much of the damage can be undone by rediscovering political realism. Instead of trying to drive private money away out of politics, how about channeling it to strengthen parties and leaders? Instead of doubling down on direct democracy, how about giving political professionals more influence over candidate nominations? Rauch shows how a new generation of realist thinkers is using timetested truths about politics and government to build reforms for our time. Rich with contrarian insights and fresh thinking, Political Realism is an eye-opening challenge to today’s conventional wisdom about what ails American government and politics.

American Democracy Promotion

Author: Michael Cox
Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand
ISBN: 0199240973
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'This excellent edited volume brings together a distinguished group of international scholars to examine US efforts to promote democracy abroad.' -Journal of Peace Research'This is a hugely impressive collection of essays, viewpoints and analyses. It represents the most important published attempt to come to grips with an issue which lies at the heart of contemporary international politics.' - The World Today'Consisting of fifteen illuminating essays, American Democracy Promotion offers a vigourous debate about the current direction of U.S. Foreign Policy. Anyone interested in international affairs -which should be all of us- should read this truly path-breaking book.' -Douglas Brinkley, Director of the Eisenhower Center for American Studies and Professor of History at the University of New OrleansWhy does the United States promote democracy? How successful has it been? And why do critics often attack it for doing so? These are some of the questions examined by a distinguished group of analysts, in this wide-ranging discussion of American efforts to recast the international order in its own political image.