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The Spirit of Compromise:
Why Governing Demands It and Campaigning Undermines It
Amy Gutmann & Dennis Thompson

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TABLE OF CONTENTS:

INTRODUCTION
Two Compromises 5
Characteristics of Compromise 10
Mindsets of Compromise 16
1 VALUING COMPROMISE
Costs of Not Compromising 30
Vulnerabilities of Compromise 35
Limits of Compromise 41
Limits of History 54
2 RESISTING COMPROMISE
The Makeup of Mindsets 64
Principled Tenacity 69
Mutual Mistrust 85
Uncompromising Multiplied 91
3 SEEKING COMPROMISE
Principled Prudence 101
Mutual Respect 109
Economizing on Disagreement 117
A Moment of Compromise 133
Compromising in an Uncompromising Time 140
4 CAMPAIGNING V. GOVERNING
Requisites of Campaigning 146
Two Conceptions of Democracy 152
5 GOVERNING WITH CAMPAIGNING
Space for Governing 168
Term Time 177
Time Is Money 180
Primary Pressures 184
More Participation? 186
Minding the Media 189
Strengthening Civic Education 199
CONCLUSION
The Uses of Mindsets 205
Doubts about Compromise 210
The Dilemma of Reform 214
The Support of Citizens 216
Notes 219
Acknowledgments 255
Index 257

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