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Bessette/Pitney's AMERICAN govt AND POLITICS: DELIBERATION, DEMOCRACY AND CITIZENSHIP, First version, relies at the suggestion of "deliberative democracy": political platforms paintings most sensible while knowledgeable voters and public officers consider to establish and advertise the typical stable. Emphasizing citizenship, the textual content examines the best way that civic tradition and immigration impression scholars and form the rustic. It bargains good historic assurance and a detailed examine civic accountability.

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President Barack Obama captured this idea eloquently in his 2009 inaugural address. ” Saying that this spirit must inhabit all Americans, he added that “there is nothing so satisfying to Deliberative democracy holds that democracy the spirit, so defining of our character than giving our all to a difficult works best when people embrace the duties of task. ”1 citizenship and when informed citizens and public Some argue that American politics is not deliberative enough, officials deliberate to identify and promote the that much political rhetoric in the United States is little more than common good.

Duties of citizenship—the obligations that citizens owe to one another or the community as a whole, such as obeying the law. 5 6 CHAPTER 1 Deliberation and Citizenship in Service of Freedom and Democracy This book is about American democracy. ” The term comes from the ancient Aristocracy Technically, rule by “the best,” but usually understood to mean rule Greek city-states of about 2,500 years ago, by the nobility in which the free adult male citizens met Democracy Rule by the people periodically in the “assembly” to debate and vote on such matters as taxes, domestic legMonarchy Rule by one, such as a king islation, choice of public officials, foreign alOligarchy Rule by the few, usually wealthy families liances, and even war and peace.

Later, under the capable hands of Marilea Polk Fried at Bedford and then David Tatom at Wadsworth, the book began to take shape. In these early stages we benefited from the editorial assistance of Adam Beroud, Melissa Mashburn, Stacy Sims, and Beth Welch. More recently, Carolyn Merrill of Wadsworth has guided the book through completion with a steady and firm hand. We have worked especially closely and productively with Jen Jacobson Blumenthal of Ohlinger Publishing Services in the final stages of completion and production.

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