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 related 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 now not 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 US: Political strength and the cave in of Citizenship is a fascinating exam of this hardly studied but major phenomenon. writer Jeffrey A. Becker explores how American political associations have sought to lead, encourage, and constrain voters' targets 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 get together politics, Becker offers an unfolding drama that culminates in a lively dialogue of the deficiencies within the present political system.This groundbreaking paintings reassesses the price and position of ambition in politics to be able to establish the ideals and practices that threaten self-government, in addition to those who can boost democratic politics.

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