The Decline and Fall of the American Republic

Author: Bruce Ackerman

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 0674058399

Category: History

Page: 280

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Constitutional thought is currently dominated by heroic tales of the Founding Fathers — who built an Enlightenment machine that can tick-tock its way into the twenty-first century, with a little fine-tuning by the Supreme Court. However, according to Bruce Ackerman, the modern presidency is far more dangerous today than it was when Arthur Schlesinger published the Imperial Presidency in 1973. In this book, he explores how the interaction of changes in the party system, mass communications, the bureaucracy, and the military have made the modern presidency too powerful and a threat to liberal constitutionalism and democracy. Ackerman argues that the principles of constitutional legitimacy have been undermined by both political and legal factors. On the political level, by “government by emergency” and “government by public-opinion poll”; on the legal, by two rising institutions: The Office of Legal Counsel in the Department of Justice and the Office of the Presidential Counsel in the White House. Both institutions came out of the New Deal, but have gained prominence only in the last generation. Lastly, Ackerman kicks off a reform debate that aims to adapt the Founding ideal of checks-and-balances to twenty-first century realities. His aim is not to propose definitive solutions but to provoke a national debate on American democracy in its time of trouble.

The Review as Art and Communication

Author: Joey Skidmore

Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing

ISBN: 1443866679

Category: Political Science

Page: 201

View: 989


The Review as Art and Communication not only presents the idea that book reviews, record reviews, theatrical reviews and reviews of any genre can be substantive essays on their own – expounding and elaborating on the concepts and ideas of the original material critiqued – but it also explores the “shelf-life” of the review: the odd phenomenon that just like other forms of art, some stand the test-of-time, and some do not. This book also collects the book reviews of one scholar: Max J. Skidmore, Sr. into one volume, using his ideas and themes to illustrate how reviews have a life of their own, evolving and developing beyond the original work covered.


Author: Massimo Mastrogregori

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG

ISBN: 3110341743

Category: History

Page: 418

View: 8814


Every year, the Bibliography catalogues the most important new publications, historiographical monographs, and journal articles throughout the world, extending from prehistory and ancient history to the most recent contemporary historical studies. Within the systematic classification according to epoch, region, and historical discipline, works are also listed according to author’s name and characteristic keywords in their title.

The Problem of Political Authority

An Examination of the Right to Coerce and the Duty to Obey

Author: Michael Huemer

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137281669

Category: Philosophy

Page: 365

View: 4156


The state is often ascribed a special sort of authority, one that obliges citizens to obey its commands and entitles the state to enforce those commands through threats of violence. This book argues that this notion is a moral illusion: no one has ever possessed that sort of authority.

Lead Me, Follow Me, Or Get Out of My Way

Rethinking and Refining the Civil-military Relationship

Author: Mark R. Shulman,Army War College (U.S.). Strategic Studies Institute

Publisher: Strategic Studies Institute U. S. Army War College


Category: Civil supremacy over the military

Page: 51

View: 9444


This monograph explains why robust civil-military relations matter and discusses how they are evolving. Part I examines the jurisprudence that has reshaped civil-military relations. The author maintains that since the Vietnam era, the U.S. Supreme Court has hewn the armed forces from general society in order to create a separate -- and more socially conservative -- sphere. Part II argues that the nation's polity is in decline and that the increasingly politicized armed forces may force a change in government. Part III asks, "Where do we go from here?" This monograph attributes a thinning of civilian control over the military to specific legal and political decisions. They explain some of the most important implications of this transformation and offer proposals about how to improve that critical relationship for the sake of enhancing the effectiveness of the armed forces and the vitality of the republic. This monograph goes on to examine briefly the evolving great power politics, the effects new technologies have on long-standing distinctions and borders, and the relative rise of non-state actors including al Qaeda -- three sets of exogenous factors that inevitably drive changes in the civil-military relationship. In the end, this monograph points to a more ambitious enterprise: a complete reexamination of the relationship between force and society.

Tina Modotti

una vita nella storia : atti del convegno internazionale di studi

Author: Riccardo Toffoletti

Publisher: N.A



Page: 345

View: 8041