1st Edition

10 Steps to Repair American Democracy

ISBN 9781612051925
Published January 30, 2012 by Routledge
240 Pages

USD $52.95

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Book Description

In 10 Steps to Repair American Democracy Steven Hill addresses the problems plaguing the US political system, outlining his ten-step program to improve American democracy. He proposes specific reforms to give voters more choices at the ballot box, boost voter turnout, reduce Senate 'filibustering' and end excessive corporate dominance. In the face of mounting cynicism about the US political system, 10 Steps to Repair American Democracy is a refreshing blueprint for how to resurrect the Founders' democratic vision. It will change the way you think about US politics.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Hendrik Hertzberg Introduction Double Trouble: The Political Collapse That Preceded the Economic Collapse One Secure the Vote Two Expand Voter Participation Three Increase Voter Choice with Instant Runoff Voting Four Scrap Winner-Take-All Elections Five Direct Election of the President Six Overhaul the US Senate Seven Reclaim the Airwaves Eight Minimize Money's Role Nine Reform the Supreme Court Ten Restore Faith in Government: "Government Is Good for You" Conclusion Renewing the American Republic Notes Acknowedgments Index About the Author

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Praise for the New Edition:

“I have used Hill’s book from the day it was published. Given the time constraints in an introductory U.S. government course, I cannot imagine doing justice to the topic of repairing our ailing democracy without Hill’s masterful, clearly explained summary of the American political system and what we as a polity need to do to bring it back to health. The revised introduction in the new edition is alone worth the price of the book. Hill tackles in a systematic way the entire range of ills afflicting our political process and how to fix them.”
—Elena V. Dorabji, San Jose State University

Praise for the Original Edition:

“We are fortunate to have 10 Steps to Repair American Democracy, to help us find our political compass. He identifies ten critical problems with our democracy and offers concrete solutions to each one. 10 Steps is a blueprint for a reinvigoration of our republic.”
—Hendrik Hertzberg, Senior Editor, The New Yorker, from the Foreword

“We know that American democracy is being run over a cliff—choiceless elections, screwy voting machines, brain-dead political debate, unresponsive government, etc. What’s a citizen to do? Here, finally, is the plan.”
—Jim Hightower, columnist and author of Swim against the Current

“Steven Hill’s new book is as practical as it is insightful, offering innovative ways to fix our broken political system. It’s an inspiring blueprint for reclaiming America. Read it, roll up your sleeves, and get to work.”
—Arianna Huffington, columnist and bestselling author of Third World America

“10 Steps to Repair American Democracy is a terrific book, a much-needed owner’s manual for the citizen-owners of government in the United States.”
—Michael Lind, author of The Next American Nation

Steven Hill on Pacifica's KPFK in Los Angeles