American Democracy: Selected Essays on Theory, Practice, and Critique

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The book examines the problems that plague contemporary American democracy. Written from the standpoint of democratic theory, and from a progressive point of view, the book explores different facets of American democratic culture and its various deficits – deficits that can lead to the crippling of democratic politics.
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Philip Green was Sophia Smith Professor of Government at Smith College and Visiting Professor of Graduate Political Science at The New School. Green serves on the editorial board for The Nation magazine. His scholarly publications include Deadly Logic: The Theory of Nuclear Deterrence, The Pursuit of Inequality, Retrieving Democracy, Democracy and Equality, Cracks in the Pedestal, and Primetime Politics.
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Dec 16, 2014
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Law / General
Law / Jurisprudence
Philosophy / Political
Political Science / History & Theory
Political Science / Political Ideologies / Democracy
Social Science / General
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