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The Resource Four threats : the recurring crises of American democracy, Suzanne Mettler and Robert C. Lieberman

Four threats : the recurring crises of American democracy, Suzanne Mettler and Robert C. Lieberman

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Four threats : the recurring crises of American democracy
Title
Four threats
Title remainder
the recurring crises of American democracy
Statement of responsibility
Suzanne Mettler and Robert C. Lieberman
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Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"An urgent, historically-grounded take on the four major factors that undermine American democracy, and what we can do to address them. While many Americans despair of the current state of U.S. politics, most assume that our system of government and democracy itself are invulnerable to decay. Yet when we examine the past, we find that the United States has undergone repeated crises of democracy, from the earliest days of the republic to the present. In Four Threats, Suzanne Mettler and Robert C. Lieberman explore five moments in history when democracy in the U.S. was under siege: the 1790s, the Civil War, the Gilded Age, the Depression, and Watergate. These episodes risked profound-even fatal-damage to the American democratic experiment. From this history, four distinct characteristics of disruption emerge. Political polarization, racism and nativism, economic inequality, and excessive executive power-alone or in combination-have threatened the survival of the republic, but it has survived-so far. What is unique, and alarming, about the present moment in American politics is that all four conditions exist. This convergence marks the contemporary era as a grave moment for democracy. But history provides a valuable repository from which we can draw lessons about how democracy was eventually strengthened-or weakened-in the past. By revisiting how earlier generations of Americans faced threats to the principles enshrined in the Constitution, we can see the promise and the peril that have led us to today and chart a path toward repairing our civic fabric and renewing democracy"--
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Mettler, Suzanne
Dewey number
320.973
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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1964-
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Lieberman, Robert C.
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  • Democracy
  • Political culture
  • Polarization (Social sciences)
  • Racism
  • Income distribution
  • Executive power
  • United States
  • United States
Label
Four threats : the recurring crises of American democracy, Suzanne Mettler and Robert C. Lieberman
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Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 264-288) and index
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volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • At all costs : how the four threats endanger democracy
  • Dangerous convergence
  • Putting democracy first
  • Introduction:
  • Democracy under siege
  • Threats to democracy
  • Polarization wreaks havoc in the 1790s
  • Democratic disintegration in the 1850s
  • Backsliding in the 1890s
  • Executive aggrandizement in the 1930s
  • The weaponized presidency in the 1970s
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
298 pages
Isbn
9781250244420
Lccn
2020012822
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
40030076302
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • on1155487679
  • 702872
  • (OCoLC)1155487679
Label
Four threats : the recurring crises of American democracy, Suzanne Mettler and Robert C. Lieberman
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 264-288) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • At all costs : how the four threats endanger democracy
  • Dangerous convergence
  • Putting democracy first
  • Introduction:
  • Democracy under siege
  • Threats to democracy
  • Polarization wreaks havoc in the 1790s
  • Democratic disintegration in the 1850s
  • Backsliding in the 1890s
  • Executive aggrandizement in the 1930s
  • The weaponized presidency in the 1970s
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
298 pages
Isbn
9781250244420
Lccn
2020012822
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
40030076302
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • on1155487679
  • 702872
  • (OCoLC)1155487679

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