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Kill switch : the rise of the modern Senate and the crippling of American democracy / Adam Jentleson.

Jentleson, Adam, (author.).

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Summary:

"Every major decision governing our diverse, majority-female, and increasingly liberal country bears the stamp of the US Senate, yet the Senate allows an almost exclusively white, predominantly male, and radically conservative minority of the American electorate to impose its will on the rest of us. How did we get to this point? In Kill Switch, Adam Jentleson argues that shifting demographics alone cannot explain how Mitch McConnell harnessed the Senate and turned it into a powerful weapon of minority rule. As Jentleson shows, since the 1950s, a free-flowing body of relative equals has devolved into a rigidly hierarchical, polarized institution, with both Democrats and Republicans to blame. The current GOP has merely used the methods pioneered by its predecessors, though to newly extreme ends."
Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Circulation Modifier Age Hold Protection Active/Create Date Status Due Date
Hood River County Library 328.73071 JEN 2021 (Text) 33892100719641 Adult New Books Book None 01/26/2021 Checked out 03/17/2021

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781631497773
  • ISBN: 1631497774
  • Physical Description: x, 325 pages ; 24 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Liveright Publishing Corporation, [2021]

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 261-300) and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Introduction: The little harm thesis -- Rise of the filibuster. Birth of a notion ; "Victorious in the midst of unbroken defeats" ; Dawn of the supermajority ; An idea whose time has come -- Tyranny of the minority. The superminority ; Outside in ; Means of control ; What it takes ; The uniter -- Conclusion: How to save the Senate.
Summary, etc.:
"Every major decision governing our diverse, majority-female, and increasingly liberal country bears the stamp of the US Senate, yet the Senate allows an almost exclusively white, predominantly male, and radically conservative minority of the American electorate to impose its will on the rest of us. How did we get to this point? In Kill Switch, Adam Jentleson argues that shifting demographics alone cannot explain how Mitch McConnell harnessed the Senate and turned it into a powerful weapon of minority rule. As Jentleson shows, since the 1950s, a free-flowing body of relative equals has devolved into a rigidly hierarchical, polarized institution, with both Democrats and Republicans to blame. The current GOP has merely used the methods pioneered by its predecessors, though to newly extreme ends." -- Provided by publisher.
Subject: United States. Congress. Senate.
Representative government and representation > United States.
Proportional representation > United States.
Democracy > United States.
Filibusters (Political science) > United States.
United States > Politics and government > 1945-1989.
United States > Politics and government > 1989-
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Government / General.

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