Susan Herbst Book Signing - "Rude Democracy"

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    • Thursday September 30, 2010
      6:00 pm - 12:00 am
  • Location: Barnes & Noble Bookstore, Technology Square
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Ivan Allan College of Liberal Arts
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Summary Sentence: Susan Herbst, Professor of Public Policy will sign her new book,

Full Summary: Democracy is, by its very nature, often rude. But there are limits to how uncivil we should be. In this timely and important book, Susan Herbst explores how we discuss public policy, how we treat each other as we do, and how we can create a more civil nat

Susan Herbst, Professor in the School of Public Policy and Chief Academic Officer of the University System of Georgia will sign her new book, 'Rude Democracy'.

Democracy is, by its very nature, often rude. But there are limits to how uncivil we should be. In this timely and important book, Susan Herbst explores how we discuss public policy, how we treat each other as we do, and how we can create a more civil national culture.

Herbst uses Sarah Palin and Barack Obama to illustrate her case. She scrutinizes Palin as both victim and perpetrator of incivility, including close analysis of her speeches on the 2008 campaign trail, the tone at her rallies, and her interactions with her audience. Herbst turns to a key 2009 speech to exemplify Barack Obama’s perspective on American civility as it pertains to contentious issues such as abortion, and she draws on the controversy surrounding the speech to demonstrate the nature of public opinion in the United States. She also dissects Palin’s and Obama’s roles in the 2009 health care debate and includes a fascinating chapter that examines how young people come to form their own attitudes about civility and political argument.

In Rude Democracy, Susan Herbst contends that Americans must recognize the bad habits and trends we have developed, use new media for more effective debate, and develop a tougher and more strategic political skin. She urges the American people to boost both the intelligence and the productivity of our debates, an effort that demands a commitment to the nature of argument itself. Rude Democracy outlines a plan for moving forward to create a more civil climate for American politics.

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  • Created By: Carol Silvers
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  • Created On: Sep 27, 2010 - 11:25am
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