The Parties Versus The People: How To Turn Republicans And Democrats Into Americans

Paperback | August 13, 2013

byMickey Edwards

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America's political system is dysfunctional. While this is a widely held view, it is a problem that--so far--has proved intractable. After every election, voters discover yet again that political "leaders" are simply quarreling in a never-ending battle between the two warring tribes, the Republicans and Democrats. In this critically important book, a distinguished statesman and thinker identifies exactly how our political and governing systems reward intransigence, discourage compromise, and undermine our democracy. He then describes exactly what must be done to banish the negative effects of partisan warfare from our political system.

As a former congressman, Mickey Edwards witnessed firsthand how important legislative battles can devolve into struggles not over principle but over party advantage. He offers graphic examples of how this problem has intensified and reveals how political battles have become nothing more than conflicts between party machines. Edwards's solutions--specific, practical, fair, and original--show the way to break the stranglehold of the political party system. "The Parties Versus the People" offers hope for a fundamental renewal of American democracy.

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America's political system is dysfunctional. While this is a widely held view, it is a problem that--so far--has proved intractable. After every election, voters discover yet again that political "leaders" are simply quarreling in a never-ending battle between the two warring tribes, the Republicans and Democrats. In this critically im...

Mickey Edwards, a congressman for sixteen years and a faculty member at Harvard and Princeton for the subsequent sixteen years, is a vice president of the Aspen Institute.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.68 inPublished:August 13, 2013Publisher:Yale University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0300198213

ISBN - 13:9780300198218

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“In ‘The Parties Versus the People’, Mr. Edwards gets to the heart of what most troubles Americans about our government today. Nothing gets done, our elected representatives play the blame game, and the operative word is gridlock. . . . a well-written, thoughtful and timely book.”—The Washington Times