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The poverty of American politics : a theoretical interpretation, H. Mark Roelofs

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The poverty of American politics : a theoretical interpretation
Title
The poverty of American politics
Title remainder
a theoretical interpretation
Statement of responsibility
H. Mark Roelofs
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Language
eng
Summary
In this forceful and original work in American political philosophy, H. Mark Roelofs challenges America's complacency about its politics. He maintains that the theoretical design of the American political system is inherently flawed. He sees the system as essentially split between its social democratic, egalitarian, legitimizing self-image and its liberal democratic, elitist, operational practice. Neither of these aspects of the system is politically productive beyond its immediate functions. Roelofs's devastating and closely reasoned critique traces our nation's political ills to fundamental flaws in the very design of its founding principles, the character of its major institutions, and the basic patterns of its processes. Roelofs traces the contradictions in our political culture to American adaptations of a profoundly religious, mostly Protestant individualism and a secular Bourgeois individualism rooted in Hobbes and Locke. The clashes between these perspectives in the political system's institutional processes brew, according to the author, "generous portions of bombast and hypocrisy, inefficiency and corruption, and all too often, violence in one form or another." He demonstrates why, with our present political structure, there is no possibility of achieving our goals. The system's ultimate poverty, he argues, is its congenital inability to comprehend, let alone reform, itself. No other book has viewed the ills of American politics so comprehensively or traced their sources so insistently to the system's theoretical design, to the character of its founding principles, and to the nature of its major institutions. With the Bicentennial of the Constitution as well as the recent collapse of Eastern European communism, many Americans are proudly proclaiming that their system of government works, despite its obvious contradictions, chaos, and corruption. Roelofs lucidly but pessimistically contends that, unless the system is fundamentally and completely reformed, it will continue to breed hypocrisy and inefficiency, violence and military adventurism, and a systematically impoverished democratic politics
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Roelofs, H. Mark
Dewey number
320.973
Index
index present
LC call number
JK271
LC item number
.R537 1992
Literary form
non fiction
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  • United States
  • Valeurs (Philosophie)
  • Politisches System
  • Politische Theorie
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The poverty of American politics : a theoretical interpretation, H. Mark Roelofs
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 245-271) and index
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volume
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text
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Contents
Introduction: The Great Paradoxes -- I. Fundamentals. 1. Power. 2. The Protestant/Bourgeois Complex. 3. Ambiguous Democracy. 4. Ambivalent Government -- II. Institutions and Officers. 5. The Courts and the Constitution. 6. Presidential Greatness. 7. Legislative Supremacy. 8. Grassroots Barons. 9. The Bureaucracy -- III. The Poverty of American Politics. 10. The Bourgeois Perspective. 11. The Protestant Perspective. 12. The Rational-Professional Perspective
Control code
23286717
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
xvi, 276 pages
Isbn
9780877228783
Isbn Type
(pbk. : alk. paper)
Lccn
91010039
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
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  • n
System control number
(WaOLN)1430814
Label
The poverty of American politics : a theoretical interpretation, H. Mark Roelofs
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 245-271) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: The Great Paradoxes -- I. Fundamentals. 1. Power. 2. The Protestant/Bourgeois Complex. 3. Ambiguous Democracy. 4. Ambivalent Government -- II. Institutions and Officers. 5. The Courts and the Constitution. 6. Presidential Greatness. 7. Legislative Supremacy. 8. Grassroots Barons. 9. The Bureaucracy -- III. The Poverty of American Politics. 10. The Bourgeois Perspective. 11. The Protestant Perspective. 12. The Rational-Professional Perspective
Control code
23286717
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
xvi, 276 pages
Isbn
9780877228783
Isbn Type
(pbk. : alk. paper)
Lccn
91010039
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(WaOLN)1430814

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