The Democratic Debate: American Politics in an Age of Change / Edition 6

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Overview

Focusing on the tension between elite and popular models of democracy, individuals and movements that made a difference, and recent events, THE DEMOCRATIC DEBATE makes American democracy become more relevant, compelling, and lively.

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"This text is fantastic! I have recommended it to several colleagues, as well as friends who are interested in better understanding how our government works."

"I believe the text would appeal to many students now. . . this text provides a clear thematic foundation for presenting issues in American politics today."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781133604396
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 1/1/2014
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 6
  • Pages: 512
  • Sales rank: 1,092,955
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Bruce Miroff earned his Ph.D. at the University of California, Berkeley. He teaches and writes in the areas of the presidency, American political theory, and American political development. He is the author of PRAGMATIC ILLUSIONS: THE PRESIDENTIAL POLITICS OF JOHN F. KENNEDY; ICONS OF DEMOCRACY: AMERICAN LEADERS AS HEROES, ARISTOCRATS, DISSENTERS, AND DEMOCRATS; and THE LIBERALS' MOMENT: THE MCGOVERN INSURGENCY AND THE IDENTITY CRISIS OF THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY. He regularly teaches an introductory lecture course on American Government and has received a teaching excellence award from SUNY Albany, where he is currently a professor.

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 and urban policy, political economy, and metropolitan planning, he is co-author of PLACE MATTERS: METROPOLITICS FOR THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY.

The newest coauthor replacing Raymond Seidelman, Tom De Luca earned his Ph.D at University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 1983. He is a Professor of Political Science at Fordham University, where he specializes in Democratic Theory and American Politics, and is the Director of both the International Studies Program and the Sino-American Seminar on Politics and Law. He has held four Fulbrights, been made Honorary Professor of Political Science at China University of Political Science and Law in Beijing, and is the author or co-author of three books.

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction: The Democratic Debate. 2. The Revolution and the Constitution: Origins of the Democratic Debate. 3. The Dilemma of American Federalism. 4. The American Political Economy. 5. Public Opinion and Political Culture: Can The People Be Fooled? 6. Democracy and Voting. 7. Campaigns: Organized Money versus Organized People. 8. U.S. Parties: Who Has a Voice? 9. The Media: Who Sets the Political Agenda? 10. Interest Group Politics: Popular Pressure or Elite Bias? 11. Mass Movement Politics: The Great Equalizer. 12. Congress: A Vehicle for Popular Democracy? 13. Presidential Leadership and Elite Democracy. 14. Bureaucracy: Myth and Reality. 15. The Judiciary and the Democratic Debate. 16. Civil Liberties and Civil Rights. 17. Economic and Social Policy: The Democratic Connections. 18. Foreign Policy in the National Security State.

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