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The Resource The democracy fix : how to win the fight for fair rules, fair courts, and fair elections, Caroline Fredrickson

The democracy fix : how to win the fight for fair rules, fair courts, and fair elections, Caroline Fredrickson

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The democracy fix : how to win the fight for fair rules, fair courts, and fair elections
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The democracy fix
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how to win the fight for fair rules, fair courts, and fair elections
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Caroline Fredrickson
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  • Donald Trump's election to the presidency surprised a lot of people, especially political progressives. After losing a presidential election and 1,000 seats in state legislatures, left-leaning progressive Americans are seeking to regain the initiative from the political right. Fredrickson, president of the American Constitutional Society, with longtime experience with the ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union) and NARAL (National Association for the Repeal of Abortion Laws), has produced a call to action for her left-of-center colleagues. In a lively account, Fredricksen is forthright in her prediction that for the progressives to prevail, they'll need to adopt the hard-nosed approach of their political adversaries. To do so, a number of actions must be taken, including getting aggressively involved in the electoral process by devoting greater amounts of money and time to local elections. Progressives also need to take more seriously the task of getting judges sympathetic to their causes on courts at all levels. VERDICT Fredrickson pulls no punches about the amount of effort it will take for the progressive wing of the Democratic party to regain significant power at the national level in this well-conceived, timely offering on countering the current political environment. --Ed Goedeken (Reviewed 04/01/2019) (Library Journal, vol 144, issue 3, p105)
  • A plan for progressives “to unrig [the] system” created by power-hungry conservatives. Relying on her experiences as a legislative affairs assistant for Bill Clinton, a staff member for two Democratic senators, and her role as a lawyer for groups advocating for the right to abortions and other civil liberties, Fredrickson (Under the Bus: How Working Women Are Being Run Over, 2015) illuminates how to wrest control of government away from current Republican Party domination. Readers who follow electoral politics will find little fresh rhetoric here, but the author is strong in her deconstruction of the successful Republican playbook. She then adapts legally and morally questionable techniques to a hoped-for progressive playbook that can roll back or erase many of the damaging Republican policies. Throughout the presentation of her agenda, Fredrickson maintains that her allies must forge ahead with the same ruthlessness as their adversaries. A large chunk of the book focuses on increasing the number of judgeships at all levels: federal, state, and municipal. Of course, as the author rightly points out, winning judicial posts means winning elections; most state-level judges run as partisan politicians in robes, and most federal judges rise through appointments from partisan politicians. Furthermore, winning elections requires years—sometime decades—of planning: raising money; recruiting qualified, electable candidates; and guaranteeing a strong turnout of sympathetic voters. Fredrickson offers useful examples of how Republican operatives have mastered such steps and how her own allies can do the same. At the close of the book, the author lists six concepts to “provide the foundation to protect and preserve American democracy for progressive values.” Among others, these include the need to “embrace small-d democracy,” “invest financial resources in progressive outcomes,” and “win elections through long-term constituency building and presence in state houses.” With evident passion, Fredrickson mixes abstract concepts with specific procedures, making for a useful—but not groundbreaking—title for the progressive library. (Kirkus Reviews, February 15, 2019)
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Fredrickson, Caroline
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320.973
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no index present
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JK1726
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.F6664 2019
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non fiction
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  • Democracy
  • Right and left (Political science)
  • Political participation
  • Elections
  • Courts
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how to win the fight for fair rules, fair courts, and fair elections
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The democracy fix : how to win the fight for fair rules, fair courts, and fair elections, Caroline Fredrickson
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The fix -- The will to power -- Elections have consequences -- The least dangerous branch -- The rules of the game -- They go low -- How progressives can win by rewriting the rules of the game -- Public memorandum: advancing American democracy
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2018042934
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23 cm
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247 pages
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9781620973899
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2018042934
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(OCoLC)1057241641
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The democracy fix : how to win the fight for fair rules, fair courts, and fair elections, Caroline Fredrickson
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Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
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The fix -- The will to power -- Elections have consequences -- The least dangerous branch -- The rules of the game -- They go low -- How progressives can win by rewriting the rules of the game -- Public memorandum: advancing American democracy
Control code
2018042934
Dimensions
23 cm
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247 pages
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9781620973899
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2018042934
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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  • n
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(OCoLC)1057241641

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