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The Founding Fathers v. the People

Paradoxes of American Democracy

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HARDCOVER

$43.50 • £34.95 • €39.00

ISBN 9780674045736

Publication Date: 01/02/2012

Short

256 pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

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Following in the distinguished tradition of foreigners who have helped Americans think about how they govern themselves, Tony King has produced a beautifully crafted and deliciously thought-provoking extended essay on the many puzzles of American politics emanating from the tensions between constitutionalism and democracy. In his signature empirical and nonjudgmental fashion, King identifies paradoxes and raises questions that are certain to provoke discussion and debate on this side of the Atlantic.—Thomas E. Mann, The Brookings Institution

A fresh, interesting, wide-ranging interpretation of U.S. politics and political history.—David R. Mayhew, Yale University

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