A People's Parliament/A Citizen Legislature (häftad)
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Stone, Peter (introd.)
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A People's Parliament/A Citizen Legislature (häftad)

A People's Parliament/A Citizen Legislature

Häftad Engelska, 2008-07-01
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"A Citizen Legislature": The American founders proposed that their legislature should be 'an exact portrait, in miniature, of the people at large'. Whether or not this was true at the time, the exponential growth of the population, skyrocketing campaign funding, the power of pressure groups, the grease of the pork-barrel and the dominance of charisma and demagoguery means that the US Constitution could now better be described as a kleptocracy. This pioneering essay proposes selecting Congressional members by random lot (leaving the Senate and Presidency unchanged) to 'restore a direct, powerful voice in Washington to the whole of America'. Originally published in 1985, this new edition includes an introduction by political scientist Peter Stone. "A People's Parliament": In his book "The Party's Over: Blueprint for a Very English Revolution" (2004), Keith Sutherland questioned the role of the party in the post-ideological age and concluded that it would be better for government ministers to be appointed by headhunters and held to account by a people's parliament selected by lot. This completely revised and updated edition includes a study of the recent literature on deliberative polling.
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'Sutherland's model of citizen's juries ought to have much greater appeal to progressive Britain.' Tim Luckhurst, Observer 'An extremely valuable contribution.' Graham Allen MP, Tribune 'A political essay in the best tradition - shrewd, erudite, polemical, partisan, mischievous and highly topical.' Contemporary Political Theory "Keith Sutherland accurately describes 'A People's Parliament' as a 'rant with footnotes'. Yet it would be a pity if it were to be entirely dismissed. For he has drawn attention to a serious problem that confronts representative democracies everywhere." Vernon Bogdanor, TLS November 14th, 2008. "These books raise important issues for the future of our democracy. ... Their appearance is a sign that the public philosophy which has for so long governed our political arrangements has become outworn." Vernon Bogdanor, TLS November 14th, 2008. "[A Citizen Legislature] puts forth substantive proposals that deserve our attention and public debate." Robert Cheeks, Metapsychology. "[Sutherland's] proposal is unequivocal and straightforward ... deserves public debate and consideration." Robert Cheeks, Metapsychology.

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