The Politics of American Discontent: How a New Party Can Make Democracy Work Again

  • Publish Date: 1994-03-13
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Author: Gordon S. Black;Benjamin D. Black
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Advance praise for The Politics of American Discontent This is a manifesto for a new American political system. Unlike most manifestos, it is backed by hard data and sound analysis, demonstrating impressively that a third party will work and can free America from the shackles of the outmoded two-party system. Gordon and Ben Black have written a book that I wish I had written. Theodore Lowi Professor of American Institutions, Cornell University and Past President of the American Political Science Association The authors agenda for political reform should send a wake-up call to every concerned American. Like Thomas Paine in Common Sense, they identify root causesthe section on the pervasive corruption of our electoral process by special interests is both well-documented and thoroughly researcheda blueprint for political action to bring about genuine change. John Anderson Professor of Law, Nova University A passionate plea for forming a third party of the radical middle, The Politics of American Discontent is the best analysis yet of the Perot voters who may provide its baseindispensable to understanding the present political scene. Joel Rogers Professor of Political Science, University of Wisconsin Gordon and Ben Black define the political quandary of America with powerful statistics. But unlike other expert commentary, they neither leave us hanging or in despair, showing that the way out of gridlock is to break out of an irrelevant monopoly: the two party system. Lowell Weicker Governor of Connecticut This is a richly documented and vigorously argued analysis of the contemporary American party system and the malaise that afflicts so many of our citizens as they long for political changeAmericans concerned about their country and their own responsibilities as citizens should give this book careful attention. Robert Salisbury Professor of Political Science, Washington University