The most distinctive and intelligent introductory text in American government today, The Struggle for Democracy, now in its third edition, provides an even more accessible and inviting springboard for learning the enduring and conceptual heart of this course - the meaning and value of democracy. The goals of this book are to provide the tools with which to think critically about democracy and to examine and evaluate the American political system. With a definition of democracy introduced early in the book, students will learn how to measure the health and vitality of democracy in the United States. In addition to this evaluative theme, the authors employ a dramatic narrative theme of the struggle for democracy, which stresses that the advance of democracy in the United States is a product of a series of small victories won over the years by ordinary Americans, and that further progress depends on the continuing struggle for democracy.
An undergraduate text in American government and politics, asking students to critically assess the quality of democracy in the US against an evaluative standard provided by the authors, and presenting a simple analytical framework to help readers understand how the elements of the political system interact. Covers traditional topics, as well as structural factors such as the free enterprise system and the nature of US society. Includes opening vignettes, comparative materials, key terms, and features on political struggles and film and politics, plus appendices of historical documents. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Edward S. Greenberg is a professor of political science and the director of the Political and Economic Change Program in the Institute of Behavioral Science at the University of Colorado, Boulder. He is author or coauthor of several books, including The Struggle for Democracy, The American Political System, and Workplace Democracy. Greenberg has been the recipient of three major grants from the National Science Foundation and two from the National Institutes of Health, and is currently engaged in a study, funded by NIH, that examines the effect of corporate restructuring on employees, including their mental and physical health and their social and political outlooks.
Ben Page is the Scott Fulcher Professor of Decision Making in the Department of Political Science at Northwestern University. He is one of the nation’s leading students of American public opinion, and his landmark book, The Rational Public, won the Converse Award from the American Political Science Association in recognition of its singular contributions to the discipline. His new book, The Foreign Policy Disconnect, uses longitudinal survey data to show that the American People and their leaders are not always on the same page.