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The Resource Restoration : Congress, term limits, and the recovery of deliberative democracy, George F. Will

Restoration : Congress, term limits, and the recovery of deliberative democracy, George F. Will

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Restoration : Congress, term limits, and the recovery of deliberative democracy
Title
Restoration
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Congress, term limits, and the recovery of deliberative democracy
Statement of responsibility
George F. Will
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Language
eng
Summary
The world's oldest democracy - ours - has an old tradition of skepticism about government. However, the degree of dismay about government today is perhaps unprecedented in our history. Americans are particularly convinced that Congress has become irresponsible, either unwilling or incapable of addressing the nation's problems - while it spends its time and our money on extending its members' careers. Many Americans have come to believe fundamental reform is needed, specifically limits on the number of terms legislators can serve. In Restoration, George Will makes a compelling case, drawn from our history and his close observance of Congress, that term limits are now necessary to revive the traditional values of classical republican government, to achieve the Founders' goal of deliberative democracy, and to restore Congress to competence and its rightful dignity as the First Branch of government. At stake, Will says, is the vitality of America's great promise self-government under representative institutions. At issue is the meaning of representation. The morality of representative government, Will argues, does not merely permit, it requires representatives to exercise independent judgment rather than merely execute instructions given by constituents. However, careerism, which is a consequence of the professionalization of politics, has made legislators servile and has made the national legislature incapable of rational, responsible behavior. Term limits would restore the constitutional space intended by the Founders, the healthy distance between the electors and the elected that is necessary for genuine deliberation about the public interest. Blending the political philosophy of the Founders with alarming facts about the behavior of legislative careerists, Restoration demonstrates how term limits, by altering the motives of legislators, can narrow the gap between the theory and the practice of American democracy
Summary
The Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist changes his mind and argues that term limits are needed to restore Congress' dignity, authority, and capacity to govern in a deliberative democracy
Writing style
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
187420
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
328.73/073
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maps
Index
index present
LC call number
JK1140
LC item number
.W55 1992
Literary form
non fiction
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bibliography
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True
Target audience
adult
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Congress, term limits, and the recovery of deliberative democracy
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Restoration : Congress, term limits, and the recovery of deliberative democracy, George F. Will
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 233-244) and index
Contents
From Bristol to Cobb County : the decline of representation and the rise of careerism -- The recovery of deliberative democracy -- The revival of classical republicanism -- "Like a strong wind" : love of country and respect for congress
Control code
217453
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
x, 260 p.
Isbn
9780029344378
Lccn
92026005
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maps
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  • (OCoLC)ocm26304244
  • (OCoLC)26304244
Label
Restoration : Congress, term limits, and the recovery of deliberative democracy, George F. Will
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 233-244) and index
Contents
From Bristol to Cobb County : the decline of representation and the rise of careerism -- The recovery of deliberative democracy -- The revival of classical republicanism -- "Like a strong wind" : love of country and respect for congress
Control code
217453
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
x, 260 p.
Isbn
9780029344378
Lccn
92026005
Other physical details
maps
System control number
  • (OCoLC)ocm26304244
  • (OCoLC)26304244

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