Taking Sides: Clashing Views on Controversial Political Issues / Edition 11 available in Paperback
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- McGraw-Hill Higher Education
This debate-style reader is designed to introduce students to controversies in politics. The readings represent the arguments of authors such as Robert Kagan,James Fallows and Attorney General,Janet Reno. Some topics discussed include: "Should There Be Term Limits for Members of Congress?" and "Do We Need Tougher Gun Control Laws?" The purpose of this volume is to develop critical thinking skills by requiring students to analyze opposing viewpoints and reach considered judgement. Taking Sides are supported by the student Web site,Dushkin Online,where study tips and links to related Web sites can be found.
Table of ContentsPART 1. Democracy and the American Political Process
ISSUE 1. Has the American Political System Succeeded?
YES: Irving Kristol, from "On the Character of the American Political Order," in Robert L. Utley, Jr., ed., The Promise of American Politics: Principles and Practice After Two Hundred Years
NO: Daniel Lazare, from The Frozen Republic: How the Constitution Is Paralyzing Democracy
ISSUE 2. Do Political Campaigns Promote Good Government?
YES: Samuel L. Popkin, from The Reasoning Voter: Communication and Persuasion in Presidential Campaigns
NO: Anthony King, from "Running Scared," The Atlantic Monthly
ISSUE 3. Should Campaign Finance Be Reformed?
YES: Archibald Cox, from "Ethics, Campaign Finance, and Democracy," Society
NO: Bradley A. Smith, from "The Campaign-Finance Follies," Commentary
ISSUE 4. Are the Mass Media Degrading Political Discourse?
YES: James Fallows, from Breaking the News: How the Media Undermine American Democracy