Can We Talk? The Rise of Rude, Nasty, Stubborn Politics

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2012-03-01
  • Publisher: Pearson

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To many, the angry protestors at town hall meetings, the death threats toward politicians, the inflammatory language online and over the airwaves, and the language of politician themselves are making America politics an ugly, mean-spirited, and nasty affair.


Can We Talk? presents a dream team of scholars and journalists who ask:

  • Is politics really as nasty as many news commentators perceive?
  • What are forces are changing the political discourse and who is to blame?
  • How will this change transform the very nature of our democracy?

Civility in politics is one of the great issues of our day, making Can We Talk? a must-read for all students of American government.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Can We Talk?  The Rise of Rude, Nasty, Stubborn Politics by Daniel M. Shea and Morris P. Fiorina
Chapter 2: The Powerful—if Elusive—Nature of Civility by Susan Herbst
Chapter 3: What Is Civil Engaged Argument and Why Does Aspiring to It Matter?  by Kathleen Hall Jamieson and Bruce W. Hardy
Chapter 4: Calls for Civility:  An Invitation to Deliberate or a Means of Political Control?  by J. Cherie Strachan and Michael R. Wolf

Chapter 5: The Uncivil and the Incendiary by Todd Gitlin
Chapter 6: Television and Uncivil Political Discourse by Diana C. Mutz

Chapter 7: Our Tribal Nature and the Rise of Nasty Politics by Daniel M. Shea
Chapter 8: Presidents, Partisans, and Polarized Politics by Gary C. Jacobson
Chapter 9: Partisan Polarization and Satisfaction with Democracy by John H. Aldrich
Chapter 10: Party Homogeneity and Contentious Politics by Morris P. Fiorina
Chapter 11: Polarized by Design: The Modern-Day Congress by Juliet Eilperin
Chapter 12: The News Media and The Rise of Negativity in Presidential Campaigns: A New Hypothesis by John Geer
Chapter 13: Incivility in American Politics: Where it Comes From and What we Can Do About It by William A. Galston
Chapter 14: The Consequences of Uncivil Discourse for the Political Process by L. Sandy Maisel

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