The Poverty Of American Politics: A Theoretical Interpretation H. Mark Roelofs

ISBN: 9780877228783

Published: 1992

Paperback

276 pages


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The Poverty Of American Politics: A Theoretical Interpretation  by  H. Mark Roelofs

The Poverty Of American Politics: A Theoretical Interpretation by H. Mark Roelofs
1992 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, ZIP | 276 pages | ISBN: 9780877228783 | 4.30 Mb

In this classic analysis, H. Mark Roelofs challenges Americas complacency about its political system. Maintaining that the American political system is not working well enough to inspire confidence that it can meet the challenges of our time, he attributes that failure not to its practitioners but to its very design.He sees the system as split between its legitimizing self-image, social democracy, and its operational element, liberal democracy. Based on this novel understanding of the American political system, Roelofs presents a devastating and closely reasoned critique that traces our nations political ills to fundamental flaws in the very design of its founding principles, the character of its major institutions, and the basic pattern of its processes.…Roelofs has intrepidly pursued a new political science, reconstituted as a critical science.…[this] is a tour de force, combining an original analysis of American ideologies with critical application of contradictory streams of thought to the workings of American political institutions.-- Theodore J.

LowiBoth in sorrow and in anger, Mark Roelofs dissects the systematic paradox which lies at the heart of the American polity. All has never been well with us, he insists, but neither is all lost. A provocative, highly readable work.-- Jean Bethke Elshtain



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