Debating Democracy: A Reader in American Politics / Edition 3

Debating Democracy: A Reader in American Politics / Edition 3

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Debating Democracy: A Reader in American Politics / Edition 3

Debating Democracy contains 36 selections representing opposing viewpoints on a variety of issues organized around a central theme the meaning and improvement of American democracy. The pro/con format ties each debate to the theme, generates discussion, and encourages students to apply critical-thinking skills to the opinions presented. Topics parallel mainstream government texts while keeping up to date with issues such as religious freedom, culture wares, and the politics of cyberspace.

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ISBN-13: 9780618054558
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Company College Division
Publication date: 08/28/2000
Edition description: Older Edition
Pages: 388
Product dimensions: 6.58(w) x 9.16(h) x 0.82(d)

Table of Contents

1. The Founding: Debating the Constitution. 2. Democracy: Overrated or Undervalued? 3. The New Federalism: Does It Create Laboratories of Democracy or a Race to the Bottom? 4. Immigration: Does It Strengthen or Threaten American Democracy? 5. Political Economy: How Democratic Is the Free Market Economy? 6. Civil Liberties: Is Corporate Spending on Elections the Equivalent of Free Speech? 7. Civil Rights: Debating Same-Sex Marriage. 8. Church-State Relations: Was the United States Founded as a Christian Nation? 9. Digital Media: Do They Expand or Shrink Democracy? 10. Political Polarization: How Divided Are We? 11. Campaigns and Elections: Do Negative Ads Damage Democracy? 12. The Federal Budget: Is the Deficit a Threat to the Nation? 13. Congress: Can Our Representatives Serve the Public Good? 14. The Presidency: How Much Difference Does the Individual Make? 15. The Judiciary: How Should It Interpret Our Constitution? 16. Economic Inequality: A Threat to Democracy? 17. Foreign Policy: Has the United States Become an Imperial Power?

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