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Why America Stopped Voting: The Decline of Participatory Democracy and the Emergence of Modern American Politics (American Social Experience) Hardcover – August 1, 1999

ISBN-13: 978-0814747087 ISBN-10: 0814747086

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  • Series: American Social Experience
  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: NYU Press (August 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0814747086
  • ISBN-13: 978-0814747087
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,055,347 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A well-written, clearly organized synthesis of the data and interpretations of participatory decline."

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"A tremendous work of synthesis."

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Mark Lawrence Kornbluh is Associate Professor of History at Michigan State University.


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 16, 1999
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Mark Kornbluh was my history professor at Washington University in St. Louis and is the best teacher I've ever had. You'd be hard pressed to find an academic working today who is as good as Kornbluh at tying historical to current events and making historical subjects relevant and meaningful to today's audiences. With candidates gearing up for the 2000 election cycle and the Internet rapidly changing the way we interact with each other and participate in our democracy, Kornbluh does a great service in helping us see how things got to be the way they are.
--Aaron Naparstek
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By ERIC OKEEFE on October 28, 2008
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Mark Kornbluh takes a new look at the old and overlooked political reforms of the Progressive Era. Today's reform efforts are often tripped up by the consequences of these past reforms. The government-printed ballot reduced voter participation and party voting; campaign finance regulations impaired party organizing; and the direct primary gutted the power of party organizations to hold politicians accountable. As Kornbluh writes in his Introduction, "...the demobilization of the mass electorate permitted the insulation of political decision making and the expansion of government power."
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