Our Undemocratic Constitution

Where the Constitution Goes Wrong (and how We the People Can Correct It)
Author: Sanford Levinson
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0195365577
Category: Law
Page: 249
View: 7970
Levinson argues that too many of our Constitution's provisions promote either unjust or ineffective government. Under the existing blueprint, we can neither rid ourselves of incompetent presidents nor assure continuity of government following catastrophic attacks. Less important, perhaps, but certainly problematic, is the appointment of Supreme Court judges for life. Adding insult to injury, the United States Constitution is the most difficult to amend or update of any constitution currently existing in the world today. Democratic debate leaves few stones unturned, but we tend to take our basic constitutional structures for granted. Levinson boldly challenges the American people to undertake a long overdue public discussion on how they might best reform this most hallowed document and construct a constitution adequate to our democratic values. "Admirably gutsy and unfashionable." --Michael Kinsley, The New York Times "Bold, bracingly unromantic, and filled with illuminating insights. He accomplishes an unlikely feat, which is to make a really serious argument for a new constitutional convention, one that is founded squarely on democratic ideals." --Cass R. Sunstein, The New Republic "Everyone who cares about how our government works should read this thoughtful book." --Washington Lawyer

Popular Support for an Undemocratic Regime

The Changing Views of Russians
Author: Richard Rose,William Mishler,Neil Munro
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1139497693
Category: Political Science
Page: N.A
View: 1502
To survive, all forms of government require popular support, whether voluntary or involuntary. Following the collapse of the Soviet system, Russia's rulers took steps toward democracy, yet under Vladimir Putin Russia has become increasingly undemocratic. This book uses a unique source of evidence, eighteen surveys of Russian public opinion from the first month of the new regime in 1992 up to 2009, to track the changing views of Russians. Clearly presented and sophisticated figures and tables show how political support has increased because of a sense of resignation that is even stronger than the unstable benefits of exporting oil and gas. Whilst comparative analyses of surveys on other continents show that Russia's elite is not alone in being able to mobilize popular support for an undemocratic regime, Russia provides an outstanding caution that popular support can grow when governors reject democracy and create an undemocratic regime.


Rogue, Reckless and Renegade: How the Government is Stealing Democracy One Agency at a Time
Author: Jay Sekulow
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1501123084
Category: Political Science
Page: 336
View: 619
"Updated with two new chapters" --Cover.

Undemocratic Schooling

Equity and Quality in Mass Secondary Education in Australia
Author: Richard Teese,John Polesel
Publisher: Melbourne Univ. Publishing
ISBN: 9780522850482
Category: Education
Page: 260
View: 3859
-Half the boys living in working-class suburbs to the west and north of Melbourne fail mathematics. Why? -Why are so many young people leaving school early, when there are no jobs for them to go to? -Are boys disadvantaged at school in comparison with girls? -What makes good schools work? -Is the best university one that attracts the top students, or one that offers the best chances for lower-achieving students? This groundbreaking book is based on the largest social survey of secondary education ever undertaken in Australia. It presents a comprehensive picture of who succeeds and who fails at school. Undemocratic Schooling brings together a unique range of information on who our students are, what they want from school, how well they think their schools work, what subjects they study, how well they succeed, and where they end up. It also reveals their larger views on matters such as jobs, careers, marriage and family, the political system and social justice. In its imaginative presentation of the findings of this massive survey, this book sheds new light on inequalities in our education system. It reveals significant new information on: -students' achievements in relation to their attitudes and values -students' perspectives on issues from jobs to discrimination -students' destinations in relation to their backgrounds. The authors offer valuable angles on such topical issues as retention and dropout rates; the relation between poverty and achievement; the gender debate; private versus public schools; and which universities serve which social groups.

Democratic Institutions of Undemocratic Individuals

Privatizations, Labor, and Democracy in Turkey and Argentina
Author: Peride K. Blind
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 0230617891
Category: Political Science
Page: 256
View: 8495
This book carries out a systematic analysis of the effects of economic globalization on democratization. The author studies the labour institutions of Turkey and Argentina from three criteria of internal functioning, external participation, and structural organization.

Militant Democracy

Undemocratic Political Parties and Beyond
Author: Svetlana Tyulkina
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317664566
Category: Law
Page: 228
View: 6888
The term ‘militant democracy’ was coined by Karl Loewenstein in the 1930s. He argued that attempts to establish democracy in the Weimar Republic failed due to the lack of militancy against subversive movements. The concept of militant democracy was introduced to legal scholarship and constitutional practice so as to provide democracy with legal means to defend itself against the range of possible activities of non-democratic political actors. This book offers a broad comparative look at the legal concept of militant democracy. It analyses both theoretical and substantive aspects of this concept, investigating its practice in a number of countries and on a diverse array of issues. Examining cases in Australia, Turkey, Spain, Germany, Israel, India, the USA, and the Council of Europe, Svetlana Tyulkina maps the historical development of militant democracy in constitutional theory and explores its interaction with various traditional and contemporary notions of democracy. The book analyses the possibilities and pitfalls of the concept of militant democracy when applied to protect democracy when it is under threat of harm or destruction by undemocratic actors, and suggests possible solutions and measures to overcome those dangers. In its evaluation of the capacity and justification for democracies to apply militant democracy measures, this book will be of great use and interest to students and scholars of public comparative constitutional law, international law, human rights law, and comparative politics.

From democracy to partocracy

why a party system is undemocratic
Author: Themba Sono
Publisher: N.A
Category: Political Science
Page: 204
View: 6531

Jesus is Tricky and God is Undemocratic

The Kin-dom of God in Amawoti
Author: Graham Philpott
Publisher: N.A
Category: Amawoti (Inanda, Kwazulu Natal)
Page: 204
View: 7649

Is global governance bound to be undemocratic?

Author: Peter Tilman Schuessler
Publisher: GRIN Verlag
ISBN: 3638157512
Category: Political Science
Page: 11
View: 2690
Essay from the year 2002 in the subject Politics - International Politics - General and Theories, grade: 17 von 20 (A), University of St Andrews (Department of IR), course: IR 2004, 26 entries in the bibliography, language: English, abstract: The answer to this question seems to be very simple. Global governance is bound to be undemocratic because, according to Dahrendorf, Internationalisation “almost invariably means a loss of democracy”1. Why and if this is the case will be examined in this essay. Governance, in contrast to government2, “refers to the process of making collective decisions, [...] in international relations, for example, no world government exists to resolve problems but many issues are resolved by negotiation”3. After a discussion about democracy in this context, the focus will be laid on different global intergovernmental organisations (IGOs), followed by a future outlook over possible future alternative possibilities and restraints. It will be shown that international democratic decision making is not likely to happen. Before entering the discussion, it is necessary to define what the term ́democracy` refers to. Normally it is used in a national context, and even within this context there exist various forms in parallel in neighbouring nations, whose political styles span from governmental to federal, and from one party to multiple party systems. Regarding the international order, which can be seen as a society of states, definition becomes more difficult. A basic definition is offered by the MSN Encarta as follows: “A political system in which the people of a country rule through any form of government they choose to establish”4; but this refers merely to the ́people` and to a permanent institutional idea that does catch the real process. The definition of a “democratic governmental system [which describes] a system of government based on the principle of majority decision-making”5 might suit here better, although it uses the term government instead of governance. Hence a decision in international terms has to be supported by the majority to be called democratic. Yet it is not clear what kind of majority this could be. Is it the majority of states? This implies that each state would have one voice without special rights unlike a veto. However, is this really democratic? This would favour small (in size and population), generally powerless and poor states and put large, populous, generally rich and influential countries at a disadvantage.

The Grandees of Government

The Origins and Persistence of Undemocratic Politics in Virginia
Author: Brent Tarter
Publisher: University of Virginia Press
ISBN: 081393432X
Category: History
Page: 464
View: 6424
From the formation of the first institutions of representative government and the use of slavery in the seventeenth century through the American Revolution, the Civil War, the civil rights movement, and into the twenty-first century, Virginia’s history has been marked by obstacles to democratic change. In The Grandees of Government, Brent Tarter offers an extended commentary based in primary sources on how these undemocratic institutions and ideas arose, and how they were both perpetuated and challenged. Although much literature on American republicanism focuses on the writings of Thomas Jefferson and James Madison, among others, Tarter reveals how their writings were in reality an expression of federalism, not of republican government. Within Virginia, Jefferson, Madison, and others such as John Taylor of Caroline and their contemporaries governed in ways that directly contradicted their statements about representative—and limited— government. Even the democratic rhetoric of the American Revolution worked surprisingly little immediate change in the political practices, institutions, and culture of Virginia. The counterrevolution of the 1880s culminated in the Constitution of 1902 that disfranchised the remainder of African Americans. Virginians who could vote reversed the democratic reforms embodied in the constitutions of 1851, 1864, and 1869, so that the antidemocratic Byrd organization could dominate Virginia’s public life for the first two-thirds of the twentieth century. Offering a thorough reevaluation of the interrelationship between the words and actions of Virginia’s political leaders, The Grandees of Government provides an entirely new interpretation of Virginia’s political history.

Democratic Imperialism

A Practical Guide
Author: Filip Spagnoli
Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Press
ISBN: 1904303390
Category: Philosophy
Page: 123
View: 5874
Once you accept that democracy and human rights are universally desirable and that they should be implemented and respected everywhere, the question remains how you can promote this universal respect. It is not because you accept universality that everyone accepts it. How can you turn the norm into a fact? How do you universalise democracy and human rights? And what are the actions you can take and the instruments you can use? This volume expounds a political philosophy which it applies in several key branches of politology, including international law, legislation, international monitoring, regional and global protection mechanisms, education, and seminally, democracy and human rights.

Democrats and Autocrats

Pathways of Subnational Undemocratic Regime Continuity Within Democratic Countries
Author: Agustina Giraudy
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
ISBN: 0198706863
Category: Political Science
Page: 214
View: 7736
Despite the fact that Latin American countries have transitioned to democracy, many citizens residing in peripheral regions continue to live under undemocratic rule. Agustina Giraudy examines how such subnational undemocratic regimes (SURs) continue to persist, arguing that there are multiple pathways for SURs reproduction within democratic countries and that these, in turn, are determined by a specific combination of intergovernmental interactions.

Social Rights Under the Constitution

Government and the Decent Life
Author: Cécile Fabre
Publisher: OUP Oxford
ISBN: 9780191522765
Category: Political Science
Page: 214
View: 1333
The desirability, or lack thereof, of bills of rights has been the focus of some of the most enduring political debates over the last two centuries. Unlike civil and political rights, social rights to the meeting of needs, standardly rights to adequate minimum income, education, housing, and health care are not usually given constitutional protection. This book argues that social rights should be constitutionalized and protected by the courts, and examines when such constitutionalization conflicts with democracy. It is thus located at the crossroads of two major issues of contemporary political philosophy, to wit, the issue of democracy and the issue of distributie justice. Interestingly and surprisingly enough, philosophers who engage in penetrating discussions on distributive justice do not usually reflect on the implications of their argument for democracy; they are met with equal indifference on the part of theorists of democracy. This book stems from the perception that there may be conflicts between the demands of democracy and the demands of distributive justice, both of which are crucially important, and from the resulting recognition that the question of the relationship between these two values cannot be ignored.

Sizing Up the Senate

The Unequal Consequences of Equal Representation
Author: Frances E. Lee,Bruce I. Oppenheimer
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 9780226470061
Category: Political Science
Page: 304
View: 1899
This book raises questions about one of the key institutions of American government, the United States Senate, and should be of interest to anyone concerned with issues of representation.


Author: N.A
Publisher: ICON Group International
Page: N.A
View: 604

The Cold War

Author: Josepha Sherman
Publisher: Twenty-First Century Books
ISBN: 9780822501503
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
Page: 96
View: 5420
Chronicles the Cold War, from its origins in the Soviet Revolution as the twentieth century began to the collapse of the Soviet Union as the century closed.

Northrop Frye on Canada

Author: Northrop Frye
Publisher: University of Toronto Press
ISBN: 9780802037107
Category: Literary Collections
Page: 741
View: 5577
Brings together all of the writings of Northrop Frye, both published and unpublished, on the subject of Canadian literature and culture, from his early book reviews of the 1930s and 1940s through his cultural commentaries of the 60s, 70s, and 80s.

Heretics: (Large Print)

Author: N.A
Publisher: Lulu.com
ISBN: 0557008212
Page: N.A
View: 6987

Democracy After Communism

Author: Larry Diamond,Marc F. Plattner
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISBN: 9780801870767
Category: Political Science
Page: 288
View: 5955
The last quarter of the twentieth century was marked by two dramatic political trends that altered many of the world's regimes: the global resurgence of democracy and the collapse of communism. Was the process that brought down communism in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union fundamentally different from the process that gave birth to new democracies in other regions of the world? Were the transitions away from communism mostly like or mostly unlike the transitions away from authoritarianism that took place elsewhere? Is the challenge of building and consolidating democracy under postcommunist conditions unique, or can one apply lessons learned from other new democracies? The essays collected in this volume explore these questions, while tracing how the countries of Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union have fared in the decade following the fall of communism. Contributors: Anders Åslund, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington, D.C.; Leszek Balcerowicz, Warsaw School of Economics; Archie Brown, Oxford University and St. Antony's College; Zbigniew Brzezinski, Johns Hopkins University, a former U.S. national security advisor; Valerie Bunce, Cornell University; Nadia Diuk, National Endowment for Democracy in Washington, D.C.; M. Steven Fish, University of California–Berkeley; Charles H. Fairbanks Jr., the Johns Hopkins University; Bronislaw Geremek, former foreign minister of Poland; John Higley, University of Texas at Austin; Judith Kullberg, University of Michigan–Ann Arbor; Mart Laar, prime minister of Estonia; Michael McFaul, Stanford University; Ghia Nodia, Tbilisi State University; Jan Pakulski, University of Tasmania in Australia; Richard Rose, University of Strathclyde in Glasgow; Jacques Rupnik, College of Europe in Bruges; Lilia Shevtsova, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington, D.C.; Aleksander Smolar, Stefan Batory Foundation in Warsaw and Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique in Paris; G.M. Tamás formerly of Georgetown University; Vladimir Tismaneanu, University of Maryland at College Park; Grigory Yavlinsky, member of the Russian State Duma (parliament).

Theory and Practice

Author: Ian Shapiro,Judith Wagner Decew
Publisher: NYU Press
ISBN: 9780814780558
Category: Law
Page: 501
View: 1525
What are the relations between philosophical theories and everyday life? This question, as old as it is profound, is the central focus of Theory and Practice. The authors include some of the most influential thinkers of our generation, among them Cass Sunstein, Jean Bethke Elshtain, Martha Nussbaum, Jeremy Waldron, and Kent Greenawalt. In sixteen chapters--all published here for the first time--the authors examine major attempts to reconcile theory with practice in the Western tradition, from Herodotus, Plato, and Aristotle to Kant and Heidegger, and examine contemporary efforts to grapple with this problem.