Introduction -- The meaning of American democracy / Robert Y. Shapiro -- Democracy, institutions, and rights -- What political institutions does large-scale democracy require? / Robert A. Dahl -- Prescriptions for a new national democracy / Michael Lind -- Shoring up the right to vote for president: a modest proposal / Alexander Keyssar -- From September 11 to Iraq -- American nationalism and U.S. foreign policy from September 11 to the Iraq war / Paul T. McCartney -- Deciding on war against Iraq: institutional failures / Louis Fisher -- Misperceptions, the media, and the Iraq war / Steven Kull, Clay Ramsay, and Evan Lewis -- Do detainees have constitutional rights?: Excerpts from Hamdi v. Rumsfeld -- Supreme Court of the United States -- Voting, elections, and partisanship -- Polarized politics and the 2004 congressional and presidential elections / Gary C. Jacobson -- Why Bush won the presidential election of 2004: incumbency, ideology, terrorism, and turnout / James E. Campbell -- Why elections are not enough -- Complications of American democracy: elections are not enough / Demetrios James Caraley
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