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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.
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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comparative materials, key terms, and features on political struggles and film and politics, plus appendices of historical documents.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)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205648467
  • Publisher: Longman
  • Publication date: 1/9/2009
  • Series: MyPoliSciLab Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 9
  • Pages: 720
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.70 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

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.

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Table of Contents

Contents
List of Boxes
Preface
Pt. I Introduction: Main Themes
1 Democracy and American Politics 2
Pt. II Structure
2 The Constitution 24
3 Federalism: States and Nation 58
4 The Evolving Structure of the United States 92
Pt. III Political Linkage
2 Public Opinion 132
6 The Mass Media 172
7 Interest Groups and Corporations 208
8 Political Parties 242
9 Voting and Elections 274
10 Social Movements 318
Pt. IV Government and Governing
11 Congress 344
12 The President 392
13 The Executive Branch 442
14 The Courts 478
15 State and Local Government 512
Pt. V What Government Does
16 Freedom: The Struggle for Civil Liberties 548
17 Civil Rights: The Struggle for Political Equality 574
18 Foreign Policy and National Defense 598
19 Economic Policy and the Budget 646
20 Social Welfare 690
Afterword 727
Appendix A-1
The Declaration of Independence A-3
The Constitution of the United States A-7
The Federalist Papers A-19
Presidents and Congresses, 1789-1996 A-27
Glossary G-1
Credits C-1
Index I-1
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