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The Road to Mass Democracy - by C H Hoebeke (Paperback)

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Number of Pages: 195

Genre: Political Science

Sub-Genre: Constitutions

Format: Paperback

Publisher: Routledge

Author: C H Hoebeke

Language: English

TCIN: 79378388
UPC: 9781412854801
Item Number (DPCI): 247-33-3754


-Hoebeke explores the contradictions present in the movement to adopt the Seventeenth Amendment and shows how this electoral change flies in the face of the intent of the framers of the Constitution . . . Well researched and clearly written, this work will be enjoyed by both general readers and scholars interested in either the Constitution or the US Senate.-

--C. P. Chelf, Choice

-This book is both an account of the passage of the Seventeenth Amendment and a meditation on the problems of representative government. . . . The reader need not share Hoebeke's political views to find something of value in his discussion of the Seventeenth Amendment. He succeeds in placing the push for the amendment into the larger political context of the progressive reform movement. He also does well in highlighting the excessive expectations, dubious arguments, and questionable motives of some of the amendment's advocates.-

--Charles Byler, The American Journal of Legal History

-Hoebeke's interesting and provocative book is an important contribution to our understanding of the political and institutional issues at stake in the Progressive Era.-

--Raffaella Baritono, The Journal of American History

-The Constitution of 1787 provided for the appointment of United States senators by state legislatures. In 1913, the Seventeenth Amendment was ratified, installing the current regime of direct elections of U.S. senators. The bloated and special-interest-driven nature of the federal government during this century has led scholars in recent years to reexamine the original framework of the Senate and to consider the causes of the Seventeenth Amendment and its consequences for U.S. twentieth-century politics and society. C. H. Hoebeke's The Road to Mass Democracy is an important addition to this growing literature.-

--Todd J. Zywicki, Independent Review

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