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This supplementary text offers two readings per chapter organized in a debate-style format, representing opposing viewpoints. The straightforward, thought-provoking presentation facilitates class discussion. Debate topics include Public Opinion: The American People and War, Civil Liberties and War: Debating the USA Patriot Act, Debating the Deficit and the Size of Government, Economic Equality: A Threat to Democracy? and U.S. Foreign Policy After September 11: American Hegemony or International Cooperation?

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780618251087
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Company College Division
  • Publication date: 8/1/2002
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 379
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.12 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Meet the Author

Bruce Miroff is a professor of Political Science at SUNY--Albany. His specialty is presidential leadership, about which he completed a two-volume study. He is best known for his 1976 study of JFK, Pragmantic Illusions. Miroff regularly teaches introductory American Government and has won the teaching excellence award at SUNY-Albany.

Raymond Seidelman is a professor of Political Science at Sarah Lawrence College. He is the author of Disenchanted Realists: Political Science and the American Crisis (1985), a much-discussed history of the discipline. His areas of specialization include elections, voting and political theory.

Todd Swanstrom is a professor of Political Science at Saint Louis University. His areas of specialization are urban politics and public policy. He is the co-author of a leading text in urban politics, The Politics of American Cities, and sole author of the APSA award-winning The Crisis of Growth Politics.

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Table of Contents

  • 1. The Founding: Debating the Constitution
    James Madison, Federalist No. 10
    Brutus, Anti-federalist Paper, 18 October 1787
    • 2. Democracy: Overrated or Undervalued?
      John Mueller, Democracy's Romantic Myths
      Paul Rogatt Loeb, The Active Citizen
      • 3. The New Federalism: Does It Create Laboratories of Democracy or a Race to the Bottom?
        William D. Eggers and John O'Leary, Beyond the Beltway
        John D. Donahue, The Devil in Devolution
        • 4. Civil Society: Does America Face a Crisis in Civic Engagement?
          Robert D. Putnam, Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community
          William A. Galston and Peter Levine, America's Civic Condition: A Glance at the Evidence
          • 5. Political Economy: How Democratic Is the Free Market Economy?
            Milton Friedman, Capitalism and Freedom
            Samuel Bowles, Frank Roosevelt, and Richard Edwards, Corporate Capitalism Hurts American Democracy
            • 6. Civil Liberties and War: Debating the USA Patriot Act
              Viet D. Dinh, Defending Liberty Against the Tyranny of Terror
              Stephen J. Schulhofer, No Checks, No Balances: Discarding Bedrock Constitutional Principles
              • 7. Civil Rights: How Far Have We Progressed?
                Stephan Thernstrom and Abigail Thernstrom, One Nation, Indivisible
                David K. Shipler, A Country of Strangers
                • 8. Public Opinion: The American People and War
                  Greg Shafer, Lessons from the U.S. War on Iraq
                  David Brooks, The Collapse of the Dream Palaces
                  • 9. TheNew Media and the Internet: Corporate Wasteland or Democratic Frontier?
                    Cass R. Sunstein, The Daily We
                    Robert McChesney, The Power of the Producers
                    • 10. Political Parties and Elections: Are Voters United or Divided?
                      David Brooks, One Nation, Slightly Divisible
                      Michael Tomasky, The Clinton Formula
                      • 11. Campaigns and Elections: Organized Money versus (Dis)Organized People?
                        Bradley A. Smith, Free Speech Requires Campaign Money
                        Dan Clawson, Alan Neustadl, and Mark Weller, Dollars and Votes
                        • 12. Debating the Deficit and the Size of Government
                          Stephen Moore, Tax Policy: The Theory Behind the Supply-Side Model
                          Jonathan Chait, Race to the Bottom
                          • 13. Congress: Can It Serve the Public Good?
                            Morris P. Fiorina, The Rise of the Washington Establishment
                            William F. Connelly Jr. and John J. Pitney Jr., The House Republicans: Lessons for Political Science
                            • 14. The Presidency: How Much Difference Does the Individual Make?
                              Fred I. Greenstein, Lessons from the Modern Presidency
                              Stephen Skowronek, The Changing Political Structures of Presidential Leadership
                              • 15. The Judiciary: What Should Its Role Be in a Democracy?
                                Edwin Meese III, A Jurisprudence of Original Intention
                                William J. Brennan, Jr., Reading the Constitution as Twentieth-Century Americans
                                • 16. Economic Inequality: A Threat to Democracy?
                                  W. Michael Cox and Richard Alm, Myths of Rich and Poor
                                  Paul Krugman, For Richer
                                  • 17. The United States and the Global Economy: Serving Citizens or Corporate Elites?
                                    Thomas Friedman, Revolution Is U.S.
                                    David C. Korten, When Corporations Rule the World
                                    • 18. U.S. Foreign Policy After September 11: American Hegemony or International Cooperation?
                                      George W. Bush, The Bush Doctrine and the War in Iraq
                                      Benjamin R. Barber, Fear's Empire
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