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Weighs the advantages and disadvantages of the present government structure, examines the effectiveness of the system of checks and balances established by the Constitution, and looks at proposed changes to the Constitution
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Gr 7-12-Here is a well-written summary of a critical issue in American government: whether or not the U.S. Constitution is still adequate to cope with problems unforseen by its founders. Although Leinwand answers affirmatively, he considers a number of proposals for substantive change and is much less adulatory toward the Founding Fathers than other books on the subject. Using numerous examples, he explores the advantages and disadvantages of the federal system and how they have changed over time. The writing style fits the topic well; readers will clearly understand the historical context. However, while the author discusses several proposals for rewriting the Constitution, including expanding presidential power and a parliamentary system, he fails to give advocates of proportional representation their due. He settles for proposals to strengthen the parties, reform election procedures, modify the separation of powers, and improve efficiency. Edmund Lindop's Birth of the Constitution (Enslow, 1987) gives more historical detail, but mentions constitutional conventions only as a dangerous possibility. Doris and Harold Faber's We the People (Macmillan, 1987) features compellingly portrayed individuals but again lacks the insightful social analysis and similarly dismisses the possibility of a new constitution as unlikely. Leinwand covers the basics just as well, with deeper insight, so his book is recommended for most collections.-Jonathan Betz-Zall, Sno-Isle Regional Library System, Edmonds, WA
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Book Description Franklin Watts, 1994. Library Binding. Condition: Used: Good. Seller Inventory # SONG053111127X
Book Description Franklin Watts/democracy in Action, NY, 1994. Hardcover. Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: As New. First Edition. first printing---very rare---Dean of Education at CUNY presents his argument for changing the constitution---"To protect their freedoms, Americans must take a detailed look at the Constitution and make such corrections as the next millenium may require."---no owner markings--unread pritine book--small bump to back corner of spine affecting dj/book-minor repair ---prescient----144 pgs.---in mylar dj cover in jacket---shipped in carton. Size: 12mo. Seller Inventory # 005897