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A More Perfect Constitution: 23 Proposals to Revitalize our Constitution and Make America a Fairer Country
by Dr. Larry J. Sabato

Published by Walker and Co.

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A More Perfect Constitution presents twenty-three creative and dynamic proposals to reinvigorate American governance. Combining idealism and pragmatism, Larry Sabato's thought-provoking ideas range from the structure of Congress, and length of the president's term to the number and terms of Supreme Court justices, the vagaries of the Electoral College, and a compelling call for universal national service -- all laced through with the history behind each issue and their potential impact on the lives of ordinary people.

In presenting his proposals, Sabato provides an invaluable civics lesson, peeling back the roof covering the workings of our political system, and allowing us to see the gears and levers meshing together; to see what parts of the machine need oil, and what parts need full-scale repair -- and to understand why. We therefore come to appreciate, over and over, what the founders of our system expected, as expressed in their own words -- that the Constitution would be revised generation by generation, updated to fulfill the needs of a growing nation.

Larry Sabato has the rare skill of making political science appealing and understandable to the masses. This no doubt comes from his thirty years in the classroom, where he has developed one of the most fertile and insightful political minds in the country. This book is, in many ways, the summation of his thinking on our political system during those thirty years.

pub date: 2007-10-02 | hardcover | 9780802716217