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Ambition in America: Political Power and the Collapse of by Jeffrey A. Becker

By Jeffrey A. Becker

Most american citizens respect the choice and force of artists, athletes, and CEOs, yet they appear to despise comparable ambition of their elected officers. The constitution of political illustration and the separation of powers targeted within the usa structure have been meant to restrain self-interested ambition. simply because no longer all voters have a wish to rule, republican democracies needs to pick out leaders from swimming pools of formidable applicants whereas attempting to hinder those self same humans from exploiting public energy to dominate the fewer ambitious.

Ambition in the USA: Political energy and the cave in of Citizenship is an interesting exam of this hardly ever studied but major phenomenon. writer Jeffrey A. Becker explores how American political associations have sought to lead, encourage, and constrain voters' pursuits to energy. Detailing the Puritans' executive via "moral community," the Founders' makes an attempt to curtail ambition, the effect of Jacksonian populism, and twentieth-century celebration politics, Becker provides an unfolding drama that culminates in a lively dialogue of the deficiencies within the present political system.This groundbreaking paintings reassesses the worth and function of ambition in politics in an effort to determine the ideals and practices that threaten self-government, in addition to those who can increase democratic politics.

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