Responsible Parties: Saving Democracy From Itself

March 17, 2020|
Responsible Parties: Saving Democracy From Itself by Frances Mccall Rosenbluth
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How popular democracy has paradoxically eroded trust in political systems worldwide, and how to restore confidence in democratic politics

Democracies across the world are adopting reforms to bring politics closer to the people. Parties have turned to primaries and local caucuses to select candidates. Ballot initiatives and referenda allow citizens to enact laws directly. Many democracies now use proportional representation, encouraging smaller, more specific parties rather than two dominant ones. Yet voters keep getting angrier. There is a steady erosion of trust in politicians, parties, and democratic institutions, culminating most recently in major populist victories in the United States, the United Kingdom, and elsewhere. Frances Rosenbluth and Ian Shapiro argue that devolving power to the grass roots is part of the problem, not the solution. Efforts to decentralize political decision‑making make governments and especially political parties less effective and less able to address constituents’ long‑term interests. To revive confidence in governance, we must restructure our political systems to restore power to the core institution of representative democracy: the political party.
Frances McCall Rosenbluth (1958–2021) was the Damon Wells Professor of Political Science and Ian Shapiro is Sterling Professor of Political Science, both at Yale University.
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Title:Responsible Parties: Saving Democracy From Itself
Format:Paperback
Product dimensions:336 pages, 8.25 X 5.5 X 1 in
Shipping dimensions:336 pages, 8.25 X 5.5 X 1 in
Published:March 17, 2020
Publisher:Yale University Press
Language:English
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9780300251944

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