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The eleventh edition ofPoints of View: Readings in American Government and Politicsprovides instructors and students with a manageable and accessible selection of readings that present succinct, thoughtful, and diverse perspectives across a broad range of issues in American Government today. This comprehensive reader features contrasting viewpoints on current political debates and traditional topics of interest in contemporary American Government courses. By providing two opposing positions for each topic,Points of Viewchallenges students to examine and appreciate differing perspectives.
Table of Contents
|To the Instructor||p. xi|
|How Democratic Is America?||p. 2|
|How Democratic Is America? A Response to Howard Zinn||p. 14|
|Rebuttal to Sidney Hook||p. 26|
|Rejoinder to Howard Zinn||p. 30|
|The Constitution||p. 32|
|An Economic Interpretation of the Constitution of the United States||p. 33|
|Charles Beard and the Constitution: A Critical Analysis||p. 38|
|Unfunded Mandates||p. 44|
|Unfunded Mandates: Laws That Bind Us Together||p. 45|
|The Federal Unfunded Mandates Reform Act: "Lost in the Weeds"||p. 48|
|Gay Marriage: A Matter for the States or the Federal Government?||p. 52|
|"States, Right?" Not in the Gay Marriage Debate||p. 53|
|Hands Off Constitutions: This Isn't the Way to Ban Same-Sex Marriage||p. 55|
|Public Opinion||p. 58|
|Polling Matters||p. 59|
|Leaders Should Not Follow Opinion Polls||p. 65|
|Turnout in the 2004 Presidential Election||p. 72|
|Compulsory Voting Is the Best Way to Keep Democracy Strong||p. 79|
|Nonvoting Is Not a Social Disease||p. 83|
|Campaigns and the Media||p. 89|
|TV Ad Wars: How to Cut Advertising Costs in Political Campaigns||p. 90|
|Damned Spots: A Defense of Thirty-Second Campaign Ads||p. 93|
|Choosing Our Choices 2004||p. 99|
|The National Primary: An Excellent Idea||p. 103|
|The Regional Lottery Plan: America's Missing Constitutional Link||p. 106|
|The Electoral College||p. 111|
|A State-Based Plan for Electing the President by National Popular Vote||p. 112|
|Arnold: Terminate This Gimmick||p. 114|
|Political Parties||p. 119|
|It's His Party: Bush Republicanism Is Here to Stay||p. 121|
|Back to the Future: The Re-emergence of the Emerging Democratic Majority||p. 124|
|Interest Groups||p. 134|
|Power in America: Who Has the Power?||p. 135|
|The Forces That Set the Agenda||p. 143|
|Representation: Redistricting||p. 148|
|Redistricting: A Bipartisan Sport||p. 149|
|You Can't Compete with Voters' Feet||p. 151|
|Representation: Legislative Role||p. 155|
|The Legislator as Delegate||p. 156|
|The Legislator as Trustee||p. 160|
|The Legislator as Politico||p. 163|
|Legislative Process: The Filibuster||p. 167|
|It's Time to Change the Filibuster||p. 168|
|Defending the Dinosaur: The Case for Not Fixing the Filibuster||p. 174|
|The Presidency||p. 178|
|How the Presidency Regained Its Balance||p. 179|
|You Go Too Far, Mr. President: The Founders Would Disapprove||p. 181|
|All Hail ... King George?||p. 185|
|Downsizing the Federal Government||p. 190|
|The Fox in the Henhouse: How Privatization Threatens Democracy||p. 198|
|The Supreme Court and Judicial Review||p. 206|
|A Jurisprudence of Original Intention||p. 207|
|What Did the Founding Fathers Intend?||p. 213|
|Judicial Selection||p. 219|
|The Senate Is Supposed to Advise and Consent, Not Obstruct and Delay||p. 220|
|Of Course Ideology Should Matter in Judicial Selection||p. 227|
|Civil Liberties||p. 235|
|Free Speech||p. 235|
|Mandatory Student Fees Do Not Abridge Freedom of Speech||p. 236|
|Mandatory Student Fees Violate Students' Right to Free Speech||p. 242|
|Freedom of Religion||p. 245|
|Keep "Under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance||p. 246|
|Remove "Under God" from the Pledge||p. 254|
|Criminal Rights||p. 257|
|"We're in the Fight of Our Lives"||p. 258|
|Just Make It a Fair Fight||p. 262|
|Civil Rights||p. 274|
|Affirmative Action||p. 274|
|Law School Admissions: The Case for Affirmative Action||p. 276|
|Law School Admissions: The Case Against Affirmative Action||p. 281|
|Gender Equity||p. 285|
|Wrestling with Title IX||p. 286|
|We Must Preserve Equity for Women in College Athletics||p. 290|
|Abortion Politics: The Case for the Right to Privacy||p. 297|
|Abortion on Demand Has No Constitutional or Moral Justification||p. 309|
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