New York, NY — Do you trust the government to do what is right most of the time? If you said no, you’re in good company, and these misgivings span political parties, races, genders, ethnicities and generations. So what went wrong?
“Much of this dissatisfaction comes from our government’s failure to address the challenges people face,” says Elizabeth Rusch, public policy expert and author of You Call This Democracy? How to Fix Our Government and Deliver Power to the People. But, she adds, “Perhaps our government is failing us because of fundamental flaws in the system.”
With states making many last-minute adjustments to election rules, Rusch’s book gives an honest view of how our democracy truly functions, who really has the power and why (and how that power impacts politicians and policies) and how we can work together to make our democracy more responsive to the will of the people.
“My mission is to highlight ways for us to work together to shape a more effective democracy, one that reflects the will of the people. I’m convinced that small state-level improvements in our elections could lead to huge leaps forward for our country,” Rusch says.
You Call This Democracy? offers insightful statewide and national solutions to undemocratic elements plaguing our government, with inspirational examples of citizens already working to make change. International comparisons, extensive sources and resources prompt readers to dig deeper―and take action.
Supplementary materials to the book include Rusch’s “50 State Democracy Report Card,” where people can check to see how democracy fares in their state overall and on specific metrics, and how they can strengthen democracy in their state; and a series of short, fun, informative videos on the issues covered in the book, called Flash Course on Democracy. Additionally, discussion guides and debate questions are also available at her website below.
Elizabeth Rusch is the author of 20 award-winning books, and more than 100 magazine and newspaper articles. She is also the creator of the “50 State Democracy Report Card” and the video series Flash Course on Democracy. Rusch and her work have been featured on television shows and in a wide range of publications. She has a master’s in public policy from the University of California, Berkeley, and has served as a Jacob K. Javits Fellow in the U.S. Senate. To learn more and to view the supplementary materials to her book, please visit www.youcallthis.com.
You Call This Democracy? How to Fix Our Government and Deliver Power to the People Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt