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Ambition in America: Political Power and the Collapse of Citizenship

Jeffrey A. Becker


This is a book about the necessity of political ambition for the success of American democracy. Democracies face an enduring problem encouraging, harnessing, and inevitably restraining the passions citizens have to wield political power in a civic forum. This book describes how evolving American political institutions and forms of association struggle to inspire, guide, and constrain the ambition of citizens to rule within American politics. This book sheds light on the way power seeking behavior in America ends up transforming—and often undermining—the ways democracies attempt to hold the soc ... More

Keywords: ambition, American politics, political theory, democracy, citizenship

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780813145044
Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2014 DOI:10.5810/kentucky/9780813145044.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jeffrey A. Becker, author