The Parties Versus the People by Mickey Edwards
How to Turn Republicans and Democrats into Americans

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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.

 

About Mickey Edwards

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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. He has been a columnist for the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, and other newspapers, and he broadcasts a weekly commentary on National Public Radio's All Things Considered. He writes an online column for the Atlantic.
 
Published August 22, 2012 by Yale University Press. 233 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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The author documents how partisanship has increased since the 1980s and how gaming the electoral process through primaries has shifted power to the extremes of both parties, narrowing effective electoral choice.

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Frustration with bipartisan politics is given lucid voice and direction in former congressman Edwards’s (Reclaiming Conservatism) latest: an examination of how the nation can move past party affiliation in order to move forward.

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Mickey Edwards, a Republican Congressman from Oklahoma's 5th Congressional District for 16 years, is one of those rare political figures who continue to contribute meaningfully to the public debate after leaving office. In Congress, he served on a number of important committees and was a member o...

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The Boston Globe

According to Mickey Edwards in his new book, “The Parties Versus the People: How to Turn Republicans and Democrats Into Americans,” we face a crisis in public confidence and political participation in great part due to overweening partisan interests that have transformed our government into “a ne...

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Boston.com

According to Mickey Edwards in his new book “The Parties Versus the People: How to Turn Republicans and Democrats Into Americans,” we face a crisis in public confidence and political participation in great part due to overweening partisan interests that have transformed our government into “a nev...

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