Debating Democracy : A Reader in American Politics

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  • Edition: 6th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2008-03-24
  • Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing
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Designed to accompany any American Government text, this engaging reader features a debate-style format that includes two readings--each representing opposing viewpoints--per chapter. The unique format and current content give this book a distinctive advantage over other readers. The Sixth Edition incorporates up-to-date chapter introductions and new debates, for a fresh look at the hot-button issues in modern American government.

Table of Contents

Introduction: How to Read This Book
The Founding: Debating the Constitution James Madison, Federalist No. 10 Brutus, Anti-federalist Paper, 18 October 1787
Democracy: Overrated or Undervalued
Democracy's Romantic Myths Paul Rogat Loeb, The Active Citizen
The New Federalism: Does It Create Laboratories of Democracy or a Race to the Bottom
Beyond the Beltway John D. Donahue, The Devil in Devolution
Immigration: Good or Bad for American Democracy
Immigration Is Good Newt Gingrich, Patriotic Immigration
Political Economy: How Democratic Is the Free Market Economy
Capitalism and Freedom Samuel Bowles, Frank Roosevelt, and Richard Edwards, Corporate Capitalism Hurts American Democracy
Civil Liberties and War: Debating the USA Patriot Act Viet Dinh, Defending Liberty Against the Tyranny of Terror Stephen J. Schulhofer, No Checks, No Balances: Discarding Bedrock Constitutional Principles
Civil Rights: How Far Have We Progressed
One Nation, Indivisible David K. Shipler, A Country of Strangers
Church-State Relations: Was the United States Founded as a Christian Nation
The Centrality of Our Creator in Defining America Brooke Allen, Our Godless Constitution
The New Media and the Internet: Corporate Wasteland or Democratic Frontier
The Daily We Robert McChesney, The Power of the Producers
Political Polarization: How Divided Are We
Bipolar Disorder James Q. Wilson, How Divided Are We?
Campaigns and Elections: Professionals Versus Activists
Political Consultants and Electoral Democracy Jerome Armstrong and Markos Moulitsas Z?niga, Consultants Versus Netroots
Debating the Deficit and the Size of Government Stephen Moore, Tax Policy: The Theory Behind the Supply-Side Model Jonathan Chait, Race to the Bottom
Congress: Can Our Representatives Serve the Public Good
Congressional Individualism and the Collective Dilemma Barbara Sinclair, Political Parties in the House Today
The Presidency: How Much Difference Does the Individual Make
Lessons from the Modern Presidency Stephen Skowronek, The Changing Political Structures of Presidential Leadership
The Judiciary: How Should It Interpret Our Constitution
Textualism and the Constitution Stephen Breyer, Active Liberty and the Constitution
Economic Inequality: A Threat to Democracy
Myths of Rich and Poor Paul Krugman, For Richer
The United States and the Global Economy: Serving Citizens or Corporate Elites
Revolution Is U.S. David C. Korten, When Corporations Rule the World
U.S. Foreign Policy After September 11: Hegemony or International Cooperation
The Case for Goliath Charles W. Kegley Jr. and Gregory A. Raymond, The Imperiled American Imperium
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