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Title Uniting America : restoring the vital center to American democracy / edited by Norton Garfinkle and Daniel Yankelovich.
Imprint New Haven : Yale University Press, 2005.

Subject Democracy -- United States.
United States -- Politics and government -- 2001-2009.
Political culture -- United States.
United States -- Social conditions -- 1980-
Social conflict -- United States.
Polarization (Social sciences)
Alt Name Garfinkle, Norton, 1931-
Yankelovich, Daniel.
Description 1 online resource (viii, 287 pages) : illustrations
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Introduction -- Overcoming polarization / Daniel Yankelovich -- Nurturing economic growth and the values of American democracy / Norton Garfinkle -- Social security and medicare reform for the twenty-first century / Will Marshall -- The ethics of America's health care debate / Tsung-Mei Cheng and Uwe E. Reinhardt -- Religion as unifier and divider / Alan Wolfe -- Diversity, community, and government / Peter H. Schuck -- Immigration and social disorder / Peter Skerry -- Fighting the War on Terrorism / Francis Fukuyama -- Constitutional responsibility in the war on terrorism / Michael Vatis -- Character education and the challenge of raising a moral generation / Chester E. Finn, Jr -- Citizenship, civic unity, and national service / William A. Galston -- The fair society / Amitai Etzioni -- Toward a sustainable environmentalism / Mark Sagoff -- Is reform of America's electoral system possible? / Thomas E. Mann.
Note Print version record.
Summary In Uniting America, some of America's most prominent social thinkers - among them Francis Fukuyama, Daniel Yankelovich, Amital Etzioni, Alan Wolfe, Uwe Reinhardt and Thomas E. Mann - reject the myth of polarisation. On topics ranging from the war on terrorism, health care, economic policy and Social Security, to religion, diversity and immigration, the authors argue that there are sensible, centrist solutions that are more in keeping with prevailing public sentiment and that would better serve the national interest. On issue after issue, the authors show how the conventional framing of the debate in Washington has misled Americans, creating a series of false dilemmas and forcing choices between two extremes - at the expense of more balanced and pragmatic policy solutions based on enduring American values. Uniting America provides a blueprint for a fresh approach to American politics, grounded in moderation, pragmatism and the shared values that unite Americans.
ISBN 9780300133189 (electronic bk.)
0300133189 (electronic bk.)
OCLC # 123269737
Additional Format Print version: Uniting America. New Haven : Yale University Press, 2005 0300108567 9780300108569 (DLC) 2005012038 (OCoLC)60188228

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