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Published: 22 October 2015

328 Pages


ISBN: 9780199937998

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This text is published by OUP Higher Education Division

Thinking About Political Reform

How to Fix, or Not Fix, American Government and Politics

John Johannes

  • Grounds reform proposals in a common-sense theoretical foundation of seven key values or standards for good democratic government. This encourages readers to think of the purposes and long-term consequences of reforms rather than to focus on ad hoc benefits that may turn out to do more harm than good
  • Comprehensive - Other reform books are selective and provide limited (usually only the author's) reform ideas. Thinking covers the entirety of American government and politics, presenting and analyzing not only the problems that give rise to reform proposals, but also the current status of many reforms and a wide range of reform proposals and their consequences
  • Engaging and well written, thoroughly researched, and grounded in up-to-date scholarship and current events. Thinking appeals to, is appropriate for, and can be understood by readers at all levels. Reliance on the best of current scholarship encourages readers to move beyond mere speculation and personal preferences to think more deeply and systematically about reform and to pursue issues further
  • Uses summary tables in many chapters - summarizing the major pros and cons of reform proposals
  • Asks systemic and fundamental questions and offers models or schemes for thinking reform

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