In this Eighth Edition author William E. Hudson provides a perceptive analysis of the challenges U.S democracy faces in the current era: economic crisis, partisan gridlock, rising economic inequality, and continued military conflict in the Middle East and elsewhere.
William E. Hudson is professor of political science at Providence College. He is the author of The Libertarian Illusion, American Democracy in Peril, 5th Edition, and Experiencing Citizenship: Concepts and Models for Service-Learning in Political Science (with Richard Battistoni). Hudson has published numerous articles on public policy issues in journals such as Political Science Quarterly, Polity, Western Political Quarterly, Economic Development Quarterly, and Policy Studies Journal.
Introduction: Models of Democracy Precursors to Modern Democratic Theory Protective Democracy Developmental Democracy Pluralist Democracy Participatory Democracy The Models Compared Chapter 1: The First Challenge: Separation of Powers The Founders' Work The Jeffersonian Model The Separation of Powers and Democratic Values The Parliamentary Alternative Meeting the Challenge: Bridging the Separation of Powers Chapter 2: The Second Challenge: The Imperial Judiciary The Least Democratic Branch A Brief History of Judicial Review Two Cases of Judicial Usurpation Can Judicial Review Be Made Consistent With Democracy? The Judicialization of American Politics as a Challenge to Democracy Meeting the Challenge: Revitalize American Democracy Chapter 3: The Third Challenge: Radical Individualism Individualism in the American Tradition American "Habits of the Heart" The Flaws of Libertarianism Our Pathological Politics of Rights and Interests The Failed Opportunity to Build Community After 9/11 Meeting the Challenge: Balancing Rights With Responsibilities Chapter 4: The Fourth Challenge: Citizen Participation Citizen Participation and Democratic Theory Citizen Political Participation Signs of Civic Disengagement The New Citizen Activism Participation as a Challenge to Democracy Meeting the Challenge: More Participation, Not Less Chapter 5: The Fifth Challenge: Elections Without the People's Voice Equal Representation Deliberation Control Meeting the Challenge: Reforming Electoral Institutions, Promoting Democratic Deliberation Chapter 6: The Sixth Challenge: The "Privileged Position" of Business American Politics as Pluralist Heaven Business: The Privileged Group Why Business Privilege Is a Threat to Democracy Objections to the Privileged-Position-of-Business Thesis Meeting the Challenge: Taking Democratic Action to Reduce Business Privilege Chapter 7: The Seventh Challenge: Economic Inequality Equality and Democratic Theory The End of the American Dream? Economic Inequality's Challenge to Democracy Meeting the Challenge: Enacting Policies to Promote Equality Chapter 8: The Eighth Challenge: The National Security State The Burgeoning of the National Security State Secrecy Centralization Repression Distortion Meeting the Challenge: Reform to Achieve True Security