Debating Reform: Conflicting Perspectives on How to Fix the American Political System (The Debating Politics Series)

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Is the American political system is inherently corrupt and inefficient? Moving beyond discussions of left versus right, Ellis and Nelson invite readers to assess arguments in the debate over how best to fix American government.

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Richard J. Ellis teaches American politics at Willamette University. He has written widely on the history of the American presidency and American political culture. His most recent books are To the Flag: The Unlikely History of the Pledge of Allegiance (2005) and Democratic Delusions: The Initiative Process in America (2002).

Michael Nelson teaches courses on U.S. politics, presidency, and the Constitutional Convention at Rhodes College. In addition, he participates in the college's humanities course: The Search for Values in the Light of Western History and Religion. Before coming to Rhodes in 1991, he taught at Vanderbilt University for thirteen years and was the editor of The Washington Monthly. His most recent books are The Presidency and the Political System, 8th ed. (2006), The Elections of 2004 (2005), The Evolving Presidency, 2nd ed. (2004), The American Presidency: Origins and Development, 1776-2002, 4th ed. (with Sidney M. Milkis, 2003), Governing Gambling: Politics and Policy in State, Tribe, and Nation (with John Lyman Mason, 2001), and Celebrating the Humanities: A Half Century of the Search Course at Rhodes College (1996).

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The history of America is a history of reform, and as a society, we have always sought to build a better mousetrap. Richard Ellis and Michael Nelson have assembled a stimulating selection of reform ideas in this handy volume, and they have let advocates and detractors of these ideas make their best case. This book is ideal for classroom discussion guaranteed to stir the pot and get students thinking about the world as it is and as it might be. --- Larry J. Sabato, University of Virginia

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