Thinking About Political Reform: How to Fix, or Not Fix, American Government and Politics

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Thinking About Political Reform: How to Fix, or Not Fix, American Government and Politics offers the most comprehensive and highly accessible analysis of reform proposals available. It treats both the causes and consequences of structural, procedural, and behavioral problems, assessing a wide variety of reform proposals from the perspectives of political science, economics, law, journalism, and politics.

Author John R. Johannes places reform proposals in the context of seven key standards for sound democratic government. He applies those standards and an up-to-date review of the scholarly literature and current events to the reform agenda, suggesting several approaches to evaluate, for example, the tensions between Congress and the presidency, election systems, or political parties. Johannes reminds students that reforms in one area are bound to have consequences in others, thereby advocating a system-wide approach to reform and a wariness of ad hoc reforms prompted by political events.

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John R. Johannes is Professor of Political Science at Villanova University. He is the author of To Serve the People: Congress and Constituency Service and Policy Innovation in Congress and coeditor of Money, Elections, and Democracy: Reforming Congressional Campaign Finance.

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"There is nothing else out there on the market today that attempts to tackle the subject of reform in American politics in such a comprehensive and sweeping way."--John P. Forren, Miami University


"This book's competitive advantage is that it is more complete in its coverage of reform ideas across traditional course topics. It includes chapters appropriate for all three parts of the American government course: foundations, politics, and institutions. There are no gaps."--Rodd Freitag, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire


"If you want to read a text that makes a pretty grand attempt at uncovering and explaining a huge array of political and electoral reforms and challenges established conventions, you should read this one."--Rick D. Henderson, Texas State University


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