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The Politics of Power: A Critical Introduction to American Government
     

The Politics of Power: A Critical Introduction to American Government

by Ira Katznelson, Mark Kesselman
 
This text provides a comprehensive description of the American political system, including major political institutions, processes, and policies. Unlike other introductory American politics textbooks, it develops a critical analysis of how American democracy is limited by fundamental inequalities in power and economic resources. The book highlights the connections

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This text provides a comprehensive description of the American political system, including major political institutions, processes, and policies. Unlike other introductory American politics textbooks, it develops a critical analysis of how American democracy is limited by fundamental inequalities in power and economic resources. The book highlights the connections between American politics and the organization of the economy. This fourth edition retains the author's critical perspective, describing American politics during the Clinton presidency and policy changes initiated in the Bush presidency.

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"I would highly recommend it [The Politics of Power] to any colleague who is frustrated with the dry, purportedly unbiased traditional American Government textbook."

"I like the fact that it is a very student-friendly text. It addresses issues in a way that appeals to students. It is very well written and organized; it flows logically around its central theme--the inequality of political and economic power; and it gives students a non-conventional view of American politics that addresses issues of power and participation."

"I can think of nothing that is covered in the vast majority of introductory textbooks that is not covered as well, if not better, in the table of contents of this book. I continue to be impressed by the effective integration of American Government politics and the economy. I was particularly impressed with the way in which the authors dealt with the issues of foreign policy and corporate capitalism within the context of globalization."

"The Politics of Power systematically dissects the major institutions and power relationships of the American political system. The authors' critique is thorough and insightful. However, students are not led to cynicism and despair; the authors' purpose is to incite students to political activity and to invite them to invent new policy alternatives and approaches."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780155707351
Publisher:
Harcourt College Publishers
Publication date:
02/28/1987
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
427
Product dimensions:
5.66(w) x 8.46(h) x 0.66(d)

Meet the Author

Ira Katznelson is Columbia University's Ruggles Professor of Political Science and History. Having served as president of the American Political Science Association, he is a member of the Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Philosophical Society. He is also the author of Fear Itself and When Affirmative Action Was White.

Mark Kesselman is professor emeritus of political science at Columbia University and co-editor of the International Political Science Review. He is co-author and co-editor of European Politics in Transition and editor of The Politics of Globalization.

Alan Draper is a professor of government at St. Lawrence University. He is the author of Conflict of Interests: Organized Labor and the Civil Rights Movement, 1955–1967 and co-author of The Good Society: An Introduction to Comparative Politics.

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