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Dick Howard, professor of American political philosophy at the University of New York, is the author of several works, such as ?At the origins of the American political thought?, or ?For a critique of the political judgment?. A great number of his articles have been published in American and French reviews as well. The author recalls through his chronicles events that transpired in 2004 in the United States starting from the re-election of George W Bush to the American Presidency. A year's observation begins by talking about the main features that emerge from the American democracy. The author delivers to us a true institutional and cultural portrait of the United States. The tsunami in South East Asia, the war in Iraq, or of the events that are more remote, the movement of the civic rights and the war of Vietnam are taken as bases by the author for a complete observation of the American nation.

Dick Howard writes some of his chronicles of foreign countries where he compares domestic operations with that of the American mode. Most of the writings by the author deal with the subject matter of the work of American institutions and the exercise of its capacity. It is a question, at the same time both of the political and the legal institutions. The author also studies the operation of the American civil society. He thus described the operations of the media, the role of the trade unions, lobbies or other associations and the internal operations of the political parties. Finally, the study of the civil society highlights the report of the population in moral and religious topics.

American political institutions consist of the president and his secretaries of State and the Congress consists of the House of Representatives and Senate. Concerned with the legitimacy of power, the various U.S. elections are central to the thinking of the author. The re-election of George Bush has led the author to write these chronicles, its importance to him is undeniable. The author wonders how George W Bush was re-elected with a negative assessment of his first term. Reflecting on the elections and especially the campaign period is important in view of the challenge they represent.

Tags: re-election of George W Bush, Dick Howard, U.S. elections

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