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By Jeffrey A. Becker

ISBN-10: 081314504X

ISBN-13: 9780813145044

Most americans appreciate the selection 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 designated 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 decide on leaders from swimming pools of formidable applicants whereas attempting to hinder those self same humans from exploiting public strength to dominate the fewer ambitious.

Ambition in the United States: Political strength and the cave in of Citizenship is an interesting exam of this hardly ever studied but major phenomenon. writer Jeffrey A. Becker explores how American political associations have sought to lead, motivate, and constrain voters' pursuits to strength. Detailing the Puritans' executive via "moral community," the Founders' makes an attempt to curtail ambition, the impression of Jacksonian populism, and twentieth-century occasion politics, Becker provides an unfolding drama that culminates in a lively dialogue of the deficiencies within the present political system.This groundbreaking paintings reassesses the worth and function of ambition in politics to be able to determine the ideals and practices that threaten self-government, in addition to those who can improve democratic politics.

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