Enduring Debate: Classic and Contemporary Readings in American Politics / Edition 5

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The only reader in American government that combines a classic and contemporary mix of selections with a debate-the-issues format, The Enduring Debate offers a wide range of readings on the standard topics of the American government course. Each chapter includes classic and contemporary pieces, scholarly and popular journal selections, a mix of long and short readings, and a debate section that looks at fundamental issues, such as presidential war powers, campaign finance, and the future of Social Security. Each selection begins with a lengthy headnote explaining the significance of the piece and its pertinence to the course. Each reading concludes with several discussion questions to help students ponder the issues raised by the piece and to provoke discussion. The Enduring Debate also includes an appendix of seven Supreme Court case excerpts, the Declaration of Independence, and the U.S. Constitution.
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Editorial Reviews

Mark P. Petracca
The best selection yet of readings necessary for an introduction to American politics and highly appropriate for undergraduates.
University of California, Irvine
Gloria T. Cohen-Dion
This is an excellent book; presenting the issues before the "debate" from several different perspectives is a fine idea.
Bloomsburg University
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393932171
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/28/2008
  • Edition description: Fifth Edition
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 732
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

David T. Canon is professor of political science at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. His teaching and research interests focus on American political institutions, especially Congress, and racial representation. He is the author of Actors, Athletes, and Astronauts: Political Amateurs in the United States Congress; Race, Redistricting, and Representation: The Unintended Consequences of Black Majority Districts (winner of the Richard F. Fenno Prize); The Dysfunctional Congress? (with Kenneth Mayer); and various articles and book chapters. He served a term as the Congress editor of Legislative Studies Quarterly. He is an AP consultant and has taught in the University of Wisconsin AP Summer Institute for U.S. Government and Politics since 1997. Professor Canon is the recipient of a University of Wisconsin Chancellor's Distinguished Teaching Award.

John J. Coleman is professor of political science at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. His teaching and research interests are in the evolution of the American state and the relationship between changes in the political economy of the United States and its party structure.

Kenneth R. Mayer is professor of political science at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. His teaching and research interests focus on American political institutions, especially Congress, the Presidency, and defense policy.

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Table of Contents

Part I The Constitutional System
Chapter 1 Constructing the Government: The Founding and the Constitution 3
1 "The Nature of American Constitutionalism," From The Origins of the American Constitution 3
2 The Federalist, No. 15 12
3 The Federalist, No. 51 17
Debating the Issues: An Economic Interpretation of the Constitution 22
4 From An Economic Interpretation of the Constitution of the United States 22
5 From Charles Beard and the Constitution: A Critical Analysis of "An Economic Interpretation of the Constitution" 28
Chapter 2 Federalism 34
6 The Federalist, No. 46 34
7 From The Price of Federalism 39
8 "The Framers' Design" 48
Debating the Issues: The Future of Federalism 52
9 Speech at James Madison University 53
10 "American Federalism: Half-Full or Half-Empty?" 57
11 "Real-Life Federalism" 63
Chapter 3 The Constitutional Framework and the Individual: Civil Liberties and Civil Rights 67
12 "The Perpetuation of Our Political Institutions" 68
13 "Letter from Birmingham Jail, 1963" 74
14 "In Defense of Prejudice" 82
Debating the Issues: Racial Profiling and Fighting Terrorism 91
15 "Politically Incorrect Profiling: A Matter of Life or Death" 93
16 "Unfriendly Skies" 96
17 "The New Face of Racial Profiling: How Terrorism Affects the Debate" 100
Part II Institutions
Chapter 4 Congress: The First Branch 107
18 From Congress: The Electoral Connection 107
19 "Reelection Tips for Legislators" 111
20 "Too Much of a Good Thing: More Representative Is Not Necessarily Better" 116
Debating the Issues: Pork-Barrel Politics 123
21 "Rolling Out the Pork Barrel" 124
22 "Roll Out the Barrel: The Case Against the Case Against Pork" 128
23 "Pork Barrel or a Kick-Start?" 137
Chapter 5 The President: From Chief Clerk to Chief Executive 140
24 "The Power to Persuade," from Presidential Power 140
25 "Perspectives on the Presidency," from The Presidency in a Separated System 150
26 "A Symbolic, but Muddled, Victory" 157
Debating the Issues: Imperial Presidency or Responsible Leadership? 161
27 "A President in Full" 163
28 "The Return of the Imperial Presidency?" 165
29 "Checking and Balancing" 172
Chapter 6 Bureaucracy in a Democratic System 181
30 "The Study of Administration" 181
31 From Bureaucracy: What Government Agencies Do and Why They Do It 190
32 "A Sharper Focus" 199
Debating the Issues: Privatization--The Case of Airport Security 202
33 "Learn from Experience on Airport Security" 203
34 "Cut-Rate Security: How the Airlines Privatized the Nation's Safety" 207
35 "Airport Security as American Community" 210
Chapter 7 The Federal Judiciary 213
36 The Federalist, No. 78 213
37 "The Court in American Life," from Storm Center: The Supreme Court in American Politics 220
38 "Overruling the Court" 227
Debating the Issues: Interpreting the Constitution: Originalism or a Living Constitution 232
39 "Common-Law Courts in a Civil-Law System: The Role of United States Federal Courts in Interpreting the Constitution and Laws" 233
40 "Our Democratic Constitution" 240
Part III Political Behavior: Participation
Chapter 8 Public Opinion and the Mass Media 257
41 "Polling the Public," from Public Opinion in a Democracy 257
42 From "Why Americans Hate Politics and Politicians" 265
43 "Choice Words: If You Can't Understand Our Poll Questions, Then How Can We Understand Your Answers?" 271
Debating the Issues: Are the Media Biased? 276
44 "Patriotism and Censorship: Some Journalists Are Silenced, While Others Seem Happy to Silence Themselves" 277
45 "Oligopoly: The Big Media Game Has Fewer and Fewer Players" 282
46 "Bias Basics" 287
Chapter 9 Elections and Voting 294
47 "The Voice of the People: An Echo," from The Responsible Electorate 294
48 "'Give 'em Hell' These Days Is a Figure of Speech" 300
49 "Power to the Voters" 309
Debating the Issues: Electronic Voting 318
50 "The Case for Internet Voting" 320
51 "Gauging the Risks of Internet Elections" 328
52 "Voting Alone: The Case Against Virtual Ballot Boxes" 336
Chapter 10 Political Parties 341
53 "The Decline of Collective Responsibility in American Politics" 341
54 "Needed: A Political Theory for the New Era of Coalition Government in the United States" 352
55 "Parliamentary Government in the United States?" from The State of the Parties 363
Debating the Issues: Political Parties--Strategies for the Future 376
56 "Family Tree, Party Roots" 377
57 "Liberal Loss or Progressive Mandate?" 386
58 "Remarks at the National Press Club" 392
Chapter 11 Groups and Interests 400
59 "Political Association in the United States" from Democracy in America 400
60 "The Logic of Collective Action" from The Rise and Decline of Nations 404
61 "Associations Without Members" 414
Debating the Issues: Was Madison Right? 426
62 The Federalist, No. 10 427
63 "The Group Basis of Politics: Notes for a Theory" 433
64 "The Hyperpluralism Trap" 438
Part IV Public Policy
Chapter 12 Politics and Policy 449
65 "The Science of Muddling Through" 449
66 From "American Business, Public Policy, Case Studies, and Political Theory" 458
67 "Why Our Democracy Doesn't Work" 465
Debating the Issues: Campaign Finance--Does Money Corrupt the Policy Process? 472
68 "Enron and the Need for Campaign Finance Reform" 472
69 "Hey, Wait a Minute: The Assumptions Behind the Case for Campaign Finance Reform," from A User's Guide to Campaign Finance Reform 476
Chapter 13 Government and the Economy 486
70 "Call for Federal Responsibility" 486
71 "Against the Proposed New Deal" 491
72 "The GDP Myth: Why 'Growth' Isn't Always a Good Thing" 496
Debating the Issues: Regulating Risk: Government Intrusion or Protecting Society? 506
73 "What Is Acceptable Risk?" 507
74 "The Case for More Regulation" 515
Chapter 14 Government and Society 525
75 "Growing American Inequality: Sources and Remedies" 525
76 "Health Scare: The Next Big Health Care Crisis Is Now" 534
77 "Federal and State Roles in Welfare: Is Devolution Working?" 543
Debating the Issues: Social Security Reform 551
78 "A Program For Social Security" 553
79 "Whither Social Security? Transition It, Then Retire It" 556
80 "The Trillion-Dollar Hustle: Hello Wall Street, Goodbye Social Security" 560
Chapter 15 Foreign Policy and World Politics 571
81 "The Age of Open Society" 571
82 "Reality Check" 574
Debating the Issues: Foreign Policy--Missile Defense or Fighting Terrorism? 582
83 "Terrorist Attack on America Confirms the Growing Need for Missile Defense" 583
84 "The Missile Defense Debate" 588
Marbury v. Madison (1803) 599
McCulloch v. Maryland (1819) 604
Barron v. Baltimore (1833) 610
Roe v. Wade (1973) 612
Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas (1954) 616
United States v. Nixon (1974) 618
United States v. Lopez (1995) 623
The Declaration of Independence 631
The Constitution of the United States of America 635
Amendments to the Constitution 649
Acknowledgments 663
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