Rude Democracy: Civility and Incivility in American Politics by Susan HerbstRude Democracy: Civility and Incivility in American Politics by Susan Herbst

Rude Democracy: Civility and Incivility in American Politics

bySusan Herbst

Hardcover | August 20, 2010

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Susan Herbst is Professor of Public Policy at Georgia Tech, and Chief Academic Officer of The University System of Georgia.  She is author of many books and articles on American politics including Numbered Voices: How Opinion Polling Has Shaped American Politics, Politics at the Margin, and Reading Public Opinion: Political Actors View the Democratic Process.  Previously, she was acting president and Provost of the State University of New York at Albany, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts at Temple University, and Chair of the Department of Political Science at Northwestern University.

Susan Herbst is Professor of Public Policy at Georgia Tech, and Chief Academic Officer of The University System of Georgia.  She is author of many books and articles on American politics including Numbered Voices: How Opinion Polling Has Shaped American Politics, Politics at the Margin, and Reading Public Opinion: Political Actors View...
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Title:Rude Democracy: Civility and Incivility in American PoliticsFormat:HardcoverDimensions:216 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.8 inPublished:August 20, 2010Publisher:Temple University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1439903352

ISBN - 13:9781439903353

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements 
1. The Powerful-if Elusive-Nature of Civility 
2. Sarah Palin and Her Publics 
3. Barack Obama, Difference, and Civility 
4. Our Future Leaders: College Students and Political Argument 
5. Conclusion: Civility, Communication, and a Culture of Argument 
Appendix I: Transcript of President Barack Obama's Commencement Address, University of Notre Dame, May 17, 2009 
Appendix II: University System of Georgia Survey on Student Speech and Discussion 
Notes 
Bibliography 
Index

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"Rude Democracy is a smart and thoughtful discussion of a thorny problem. Herbst's focus on the ‘strategic’ uses of civility and incivility makes good theoretical and empirical sense. Further, her call for educating Americans about how to debate is worthy and something she may well be able to implement. That Herbst does not add to the many shrill claims that civility is on the decline is refreshing. Her book is not trying to put old wine in a new bottle. Instead, she gets people to think about this topic in new ways. Herbst's engaging conclusion provides a compelling capstone to the general argument. In short, I am a fan of this book. Herbst’s voice will become a valued one in this important debate." —John Geer, Vanderbilt University