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Ceaser, James W
Designing a polity : America's Constitution in theory and practice / James W. Ceaser
Alternate Title America's Constitution in theory and practice
Lanham : Rowman & Littlefield, c2011
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Location Call Number Status
 3rd Floor  JK31 .C43 2011    AVAILABLE
Subject United States -- Politics and government
Subject(s) Constitutional history -- United States
Physical Description xi, 215 p. ; 24 cm
Summary "James W. Ceaser is our country's leading scholar in American politics. These venturesome essays display his originality, inventive formulations, and theoretical insight."--Harvey Mansfield, Stanford University
"James Ceaser, a prominent student of American political thought, never fails to instruct and provoke. The essays included in Designing a Polity are no exception. The eye-opening chapter on Alexis de Tocqueville should spark a reconsideration of the foundations of American democracy and of the distinctive features of Tocqueville's account."--William A. Galston, Ezra Zilkha Chair in Governance Studies, The Brookings Institution --Book Jacket
Note Includes bibliographical references (p. 185-206) and index
Contents Machine generated contents note: pt. I Political Foundations -- 1. The Doctrine of Political Nonfoundationalism -- 2. Political Foundations in Tocqueville's Democracy in America -- 3. American Political Foundations in the Thought of Leo Strauss -- pt. II The Founders, Constitutional Design, and the Role of Political Science -- 4. Fame and The Federalist: The American Founders and the Recovery of Political Science -- 5. Demagoguery, Statesmanship, and Presidential Politics -- 6. Doctrines of Presidential-Congressional Relations -- pt. III Modern Conservatism -- 7. Four Heads and One Heart: The Modern Conservative Movement -- 8. The Social Construction of the Reagan Legacy -- pt. IV The American Way of Life -- 9. The Theoretical Origins of Anti-Americanism

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