Dana Nelson


On her book Bad for Democracy: How the Presidency Undermines the Power of the People

Cover Interview of December 22, 2008

Editor’s note

Originally, this interview ran on the Rorotoko cover page under the headline

“Unitary Executive is a controversial corporate model where the CEO is also the Chair of the Board.”

We highlighted two quotes.

On the first page:

“Over time, citizens have been reconceived less as democratic actors then as passive consumers.  For generations now, we have not been taught to think about democracy as our responsibility and our job, so it doesn’t really occur to most people that there’s anything they can do now—besides vote.”

On the second:

“The search for a nationally redemptive hero every four years makes citizens feel less, and not more, powerful, and therefore all the more in need of a superhero presidential rescue.  Every cycle, we wind up disgusted by our leadership.”