9780495913474

Debating Democracy A Reader in American Politics

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    9780495913474

  • ISBN10:

    0495913472

  • Edition: 7th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1/1/2011
  • Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing

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Summary

Designed to accompany any American Government text, this engaging reader features a debate-style format that includes two readings per chapter--each representing opposing viewpoints. The unique format and current content give this book a distinct advantage over other readers. The seventh edition incorporates up-to-date chapter introductions and new debates on issues such as corporate spending in elections, same-sex marriage, and negative campaigning for a fresh look at the hot-button issues in modern American government.

Table of Contents

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