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Breaking the Two-Party Doom Loop: The Case for Multiparty Democracy in America

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American democracy is at an impasse. After years of zero-sum partisan trench warfare, our political institutions are deteriorating. Our norms are collapsing. Democrats and Republicans no longer merely argue; they cut off contact with each other. In short, the two-party system is breaking our democracy, and driving us all crazy.

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Hardcover, 368 pages
Published January 2nd 2020 by Oxford University Press
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Bill Berg
I rated it low because it is only a stealth attempt to move to being a more socialist state than we already are. The title is just false advertising.

We are divided because we have ceased following the Constitution, which specified LIMITED government, and the author of this book is just trying to convince people to vote for "less division" with the uninformed on both sides falsely believing their votes will have more power if we go his way.

Wrong ... his ideas are intended to give THE GOVERNMENT
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Zach G
Feb 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Would have liked a chapter on election laws and ballot access. Otherwise compelling narrative scholarship.
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Note: I accessed a digital review copy of this book through Edelweiss.
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Jan 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
I disagreed with the terms "populists" and "progressives" with particular regions, for examples, populists are mostly southerners, which is not entirely true. The author didn't fully explain on proportional representation system with the two types. However, he did a good job writing about the liberal Republicans.
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Lee Drutman is a senior fellow in the Political Reform program at New America. He is the author of The Business of America is Lobbying (Oxford University Press, 2015) and winner of the 2016 American Political Science Association's Robert A. Dahl Award, given for "scholarship of the highest quality on the subject of democracy." In addition, he writes regularly for Polyarchy, a Vox blog. Drutman ...more

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