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Examine how American democracy is developing The Struggle for Democracy offers students the tools they need to critically analyze our political system and make judgments about how well our government works. Taking a fresh approach to common American government topics, authors Edward Greenberg and Benjamin Page provide an analytical framework for understanding how politics and government work, and encourage students to consider the questions “How democratic are we?” and “Can government do anything well?” In order to boost student engagement with key concepts, the 2014 Elections and Updates Edition incorporates coverage of contemporary issues that dominate today’s headlines, as well as the most up-to-date data.
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Edward S. Greenberg is Professor Emeritus of Political Science and a Research Professor of Behavioral Science at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Ed’s research and teaching interests include American government and politics, domestic and global political economy, and democratic theory and practice, with a special emphasis on workplace issues. His multi-year longitudinal panel study, funded by the NIH, examining the impact of corporate restructuring on employees, has recently been published and is now being revised and updated.
Benjamin I. Page is the Gordon S. Fulcher Professor of Decision Making at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. Ben’s interests include public opinion and policy making, the mass media, empirical democratic theory, political economy, policy formation, the presidency, and American foreign policy. He is currently engaged in a large collaborative project to study economically successful Americans and the common good and the rise and political consequences of income and wealth inequality in the United States.
Table of Contents
PART I: INTRODUCTION: MAIN THEMES 1. Democracy and American Politics
PART II: STRUCTURE 2. The Constitution 3. Federalism: States and Nation 4. The Structural Foundations of American Government and Politics
PART III: POLITICAL LINKAGE 5. Public Opinion 6. The News Media 7. Interest Groups and Business Corporations 8. Social Movements 9. Political Parties 10. Voting, Campaigns, and Elections
PART IV: GOVERNMENT AND GOVERNING 11. Congress 12. The Presidency 13. The Executive Branch 14. The Courts
PART V: WHAT GOVERNMENT DOES 15. Civil Liberties: The Struggle for Freedom 16. Civil Rights: The Struggle for Political Equality 17. Domestic Policies 18. Foreign Policy and National Defense