Debating Democracy : A Reader in American Politics / Edition 5

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Overview

Designed to accompany any American Government text, this engaging reader features a debate-style format that includes two readings—each representing opposing viewpoints—per chapter. The unique format and current content give this book a distinctive advantage over other readers. The Sixth Edition incorporates up-to-date chapter introductions and new debates, for a fresh look at the hot-button issues in modern American government.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780618437665
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 8/1/2004
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Bruce Miroff earned his Ph.D. at the University of California, Berkeley. Currently, he is a professor of political science SUNY, Albany. His specialty is presidential leadership, a subject about which he wrote a two-volume study. Best known for his 1976 study of John F. Kennedy, PRAGMATIC ILLUSIONS, Dr. Miroff regularly teaches introductory American Government and has won the teaching excellence award at SUNY, Albany.

Raymond Seidelman earned his Ph.D. at Cornell University in 1979; he was a professor of political science at Sarah Lawrence College and wrote DISENCHANTED REALISTS: POLITICAL SCIENCE AND THE AMERICAN CRISIS (1985), a much-discussed history of the discipline. His areas of specialization included elections, voting, and political theory.

Todd Swanstrom earned his Ph.D. from Princeton University in 1981. Specializing in housing policy and homelessness, urban political economy, and neighborhood change, he is co-author of CITY POLITICS: PRIVATE POWER AND PUBLIC POLICY.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: How to Read This Book
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 Rogat 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.Immigration: Good or Bad for American Democracy? Ben Wattenberg, Immigration Is Good Newt Gingrich, Patriotic Immigration
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 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.Church-State Relations: Was the United States Founded as a Christian Nation? Newt Gingrich, The Centrality of Our Creator in Defining America Brooke Allen, Our Godless Constitution
9.The New Media and the Internet: Corporate Wasteland or Democratic Frontier? Cass R. Sunstein, The Daily We Robert McChesney, The Power of the Producers
10.Political Polarization: How Divided Are We? Jonathan Rauch, Bipolar Disorder James Q. Wilson, How Divided Are We?
11.Campaigns andElections: Professionals Versus Activists David A. Dulio, Political Consultants and Electoral Democracy Jerome Armstrong and Markos Moulitsas Zúniga, Consultants Versus Netroots
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 Our Representatives Serve the Public Good? Kenneth R. Mayer and David T. Canon, Congressional Individualism and the Collective Dilemma Barbara Sinclair, Political Parties in the House Today
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: How Should It Interpret Our Constitution? Antonin Scalia, Textualism and the Constitution Stephen Breyer, Active Liberty and the Constitution
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: Hegemony or International Cooperation? Michael Mandelbaum, The Case for Goliath Charles W. Kegley Jr. and Gregory A. Raymond, The Imperiled American Imperium

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