The New American Democracy / Edition 6

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The New American Democracy, Fifth Edition, emphasizes the centrality of elections in American politics today-and examines our country's evolution from a pluralist democracy to a more populist one-helping you understand how both have profoundly changed the way our political system operates. New to the Fifth Edition. Complete up-to-date coverage and analysis of the following topics: Historic 2006 congressional campaigns and elections, Concerns about terrorism and the governmental steps to combat it, Complexities of immigration-legal and illegal, Latest developments in the area of campaign finance, Civil rights of Latinos, Asian Americans, and gays and lesbians.

The new Election Voices feature, which follows many of the chapters, further emphasizes the text's election theme, thus enabling you to think critically and debate important topics such as immigration, pork spending, negative advertising, campaign finance and primary reform, the death penalty, homeland security, U.S. policy toward the ongoing Arab-Israeli conflict, school vouchers, and the "culture war."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205662951
  • Publisher: Longman
  • Publication date: 1/9/2009
  • Series: MyPoliSciLab Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 6
  • Pages: 752
  • Product dimensions: 7.94 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 1.02 (d)

Meet the Author

Morris P. Fiorina is Professor of Political Science and Senior Fellow of the Hoover Institution at Stanford University.  He has published numerous books, including Representatives, Rolls, and Constituencies; Congress — Keystone of the Washington Establishment; and most recently Culture War: The Myth of a Polarized America.  Fiorina has served on the editorial boards of a dozen journals in the field of political science, economics, law, and public policy, and he is a member of the National Academy of Sciences. 

Paul E. Peterson is the Henry Lee Shattuck Professor of Government and Director of the Center for American Political Studies at Harvard University.  He received the Woodrow Wilson Award from the American Political Science Association for his book City Limits, and the Aaron Wildavsky Award for the best book on public policy for his The Price of Federalism.  Peterson is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Bert Johnson is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Middlebury College.  He received his B.A. from Carleton College and his Ph.D. from Harvard University.  Johnson has written on federalism, intergovernmental relations, and campaign finance.

William G. Mayer is an Associate Professor of Political Science at Northeastern University.  He has authored numerous publications, including In Pursuit of the White House 2000: How We Choose Our Presidential Nominees, "Mass Partisanship, 1946-1996," and Divided Democrats: Ideological Unity, Party Reform, and Presidential Elections.  Mayer’s areas of study include American politics, public opinion, and the media.

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Table of Contents

I The Foundations of the New American Democracy
Ch. 1 The New American Democracy 2
Ch. 2 Establishing a Constitutional Democracy 34
Ch. 3 Federal, State, and Local Government 68
Ch. 4 Americans: Who They Are and What They Believe 96
II The Ingredients of the New American Democracy
Ch. 5 Public Opinion 132
Ch. 6 Citizen Participation 166
Ch. 7 Interest Group Participation in American Democracy 198
Ch. 8 Political Parties 230
Ch. 9 The Media 262
Ch. 10 Choosing the President 300
Ch. 11 Choosing the Congress 340
III Government in the New American Democracy
Ch. 12 The Congress in Operation 376
Ch. 13 The Presidency: Powers and Practice 416
Ch. 14 The Bureaucracy 448
Ch. 15 The Courts 482
IV Elections and Public Policy
Ch. 16 Civil Liberties 515
Ch. 17 Civil Rights 548
Ch. 18 Domestic Policy 578
Ch. 19 Economic Policy: Prosperity, Deficits, and Taxes 612
Ch. 20 Foreign and Defense Policy 644
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