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Author Smith, Raymond A., 1967-

Title Importing democracy : ideas from around the world to reform and revitalize American politics and government / Raymond A. Smith

Publ Info Santa Barbara, Calif. : Praeger, [2010]
2010
LOCATION CALL # STATUS NOTE
 RWU Main Library  JK1726 .S65 2010    AVAILABLE
Descript xviii, 244 pages ; 25 cm
text rdacontent
unmediated rdamedia
volume rdacarrier
Series New trends and ideas in American politics
Note Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents Adopt proportional representation: highlighting ideas from Italy -- Move toward a multiparty system: highlighting ideas from Germany -- Establish runoff elections for executive offices: highlighting ideas from Chile -- Abolish the electoral college: highlighting ideas from Argentina -- Simplify and shorten the electoral process: highlighting ideas from Great Britain -- Advance minorities and women in elected office: highlighting ideas from Belgium -- Introduce compulsory voting: highlighting ideas from Brazil -- Institute a system of national referenda: highlighting ideas from Switzerland -- Allow "removal for cause" of the president: highlighting ideas from Canada -- Abolish the vice presidency: highlighting ideas from Mexico -- Hold special presidential elections: highlighting ideas from France -- Add elected officers to the executive: highlighting ideas from Iceland -- Rein in the president's legislative and judicial powers: highlighting ideas from Turkey -- Synchronize the terms of Congress and the president: highlighting ideas from the Netherlands -- Weaken the Senate: highlighting ideas from India -- Depoliticize the creation of congressional districts: highlighting ideas from Japan / co-authored with Brandon L.H. Aultman -- Allow legislative overrides of judicial opinions: highlighting ideas from New Zealand -- Empower courts to issue advisory opinions: highlighting ideas from Bulgaria / co-authored with Brandon L.H. Aultman -- Add social and economic protections to the constitution: highlighting ideas from South Africa -- Streamline the constitutional amendment process: highlighting ideas from Australia -- Call a constitutional convention: highlighting ideas from the Philippines -- Appendixes -- 1. Key excerpts from the constitution of the United States of America -- 2. The presidential and parliamentary systems: a comparison
Note Describes twenty-one features from the political systems of democracies from around the world that the author believes would benefit United States politics and government
LC subject Democratization -- United States
United States -- Politics and government
Link Online version: Smith, Raymond A., 1967- Importing democracy. Santa Barbara, Calif. : Praeger, c2010 (OCoLC)742418134
ISBN 9780313363375 (hard copy : alk. paper)
0313363374 (hard copy : alk. paper)
9780313363382 (ebook)
0313363382 (ebook)