In the two years that have passed since the second edition of The American Democracy,our nation has witnessed a tremendous amount of conflict both at home and abroad. This Election Edition contains coverage of the 1996 campaigns,conventions,and elections. Today's college students are not only reading history - they're watching it happen,and certainly no academic discipline is changing faster than political science. The American Democracy is a text that helps students keep pace with those changes by challenging them to think about how today's issues affect the institutions and processes of government in the United States. The text is thoroughly updated to include the latest scholarship and the most recent political developments including the 1994 elections,the Republican-Controlled Congress,the new federalism,welfare reform measures,the immigration controversy,the National Performance Review and other effects to "downsize" governmental administration,regulatory policy reform,GATT,and the changes in Haiti,Bosnia,Somalia,the UN,the Republican Contract with America,the Oklahoma City Bombing,and NATO.
Thomas E. Patterson is Bradlee Professor of Government and the Press in the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He was previously distinguished professor of political science in the Maxwell School of Citizenship at Syracuse University. Raised in a small Minnesota town near the Iowa and South Dakota borders, he was educated at South Dakota State University and the University of Minnesota, where he received his Ph.D. in 1971.
Currently running the "Vanishing Voter" study at the Kennedy School of Government, which has been widely used in the media and on college campuses, Tom is also the author of six books and dozens of articles, which focus primarily on the media and elections. His book, 'Out of Order'(1994), received national attention when President Clinton said every politician and journalist should be required to read it. An earlier book, 'The Mass Media Election'(1980), received a 'Choice' award as Outstanding Academic Book, 1980-81. Another of Patterson's books, 'The Unseeing Eye'(1976), was recently selected by the American Association for Public Opinion Research as one of the fifty most influential books of the past half century in the field of public opinion.
His current research includes a study of White House communication and a study of the news media's role in Western democracies. His work has been funded by major grants from the National Science Foundation, the Markle Foundation, the Smith-Richardson Foundation, the Ford Foundation and the Pew Charitable Trusts.