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Overview

The Institutions of American Democracy series, published in partnership with the Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnylands and the Annenberg Public Policy Center (APPC), is designed to stimulate debate about the future of American democracy. Commissions of the nation's leading scholars as well as practitioners directly involved with each of these institutions gathered together to discuss the important issues being debated within each. Led by a stellar national advisory board, the first five volumes were published in late 2005 and focused on the executive branch, legislative branch, judicial branch, public schools, and the press.
This sixth volume in the series assesses the state of American democracy by taking a close look at how people see these five core institutions. Through an analysis of opinion surveys commissioned by the APPC, A Republic Divided compares the views of the general population with those of the insiders. Topics addressed include the separation of powers, trust, knowledge, effectiveness, and many other issues. In addition to chapters on each institution, there are also cross-institutional analyses on separation of powers and on trust and performance, including a discussion of the tensions that each institution has with the press. An appendix includes technical details about the surveys, and the book concludes with an index. All of the toplines and data sets for the surveys are available on the APPC Web site: www.annenbergpublicpolicycenter.org This is a much needed report on the state of American democracy during a time of deep political and cultural division. It is the perfect final volume for this important series.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195325270
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 3/19/2007
  • Series: Institutions of American Democracy Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 9.30 (w) x 6.20 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

The Annenberg Democracy Project includes Joel D. Aberbach, Bruce W. Hardy, Kathleen Hall Jamieson, Patrick E. Jamieson, Kevin T. McGuire, Mary McIntosh, Mark A. Peterson, Paul J. Quirk, and Daniel Romer.

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Table of Contents


Directory of Contributors     vii
Preface     xi
Introduction     xiii
Democratic Citizens
The Role of Public Education in Educating for Democracy   Daniel Romer   Patrick E. Jamieson   Bruce W. Hardy     3
The Effectiveness of the Press in Serving the Needs of American Democracy   Kathleen Hall Jamieson   Bruce W. Hardy   Daniel Romer     21
The Nexus Between the Public and Government
Understanding the Public's Relationship to Government   Mary McIntosh     55
Democratic Government
The Three Branches of Government: Powers, Relationships, and Checks   Mark A. Peterson     91
The Legislative Branch: Assessing the Partisan Congress   Paul J. Quirk     121
The Executive Branch in Red and Blue   John D. Aberbach     157
The Judicial Branch: Judging America's Judges   Kevin T. McGuire     194
The Three Branches of Government: Comparative Trust and Performance   Mark A. Peterson     214
Conclusion     233
Appendix     243
Index     249
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