Friday, May 15, 2009

Bad For Democracy- Dana D. Nelson

Dana Nelson is a professor at Vanderbilt, and I believe Bad for democracy is her second book. Her publisher sent me a copy some time back, and unfortunately I've been busy with other matters, so I've just started on it. It does look promising, discussing the history of popular representations of the role of the president in US society, which she regards as generally anti-republican, in the classical sense, and far more often geared towards representing the president as the prime mover of government upon whose shoulders all power and responsibility lie, a phenomenon she terms presidentialism.

cross-posted at Hugo Zoom

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At May 15, 2009 10:56 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

last dude talking about bottom-up is correct. the others just sounded like they were proud of doing ineffectual things like writing a Congresscritter. as someone who's spent a fair amount of time writing his Senators, I can tell you that writing your Congresscritter is a feel-good move that gains nothing. Congresscritters respond only to those who contribute heavily to their campaigns, or who provide them with gifts, trinkets, favors, etc while in office.

bottom-up, not top-down.

--micah pyre


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