The Democratic Debate An Introduction to American Politics

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  • Copyright: 2006-01-09
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The Democratic Debate examines the struggle between the elite and popular models of democracy which, the authors argue, have alternated as the dominant vision in America since its founding. The text uses the standard of popular democracy to examine the United States from anti-federalism to contemporary social movements. Special attention is given to people, famous and otherwise, whose actions demonstrate how individuals can make a difference in democracy. Thorough coverage of recent events includes a discussion of Enron and issues of corporate responsibility, the evolution of the Christian Right into a mass movement, the protests against the War in Iraq, and the Terry Schiavo case as it relates to Federalism.

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Democratic Debate What Is Democracy?
Origins of the Democratic Debate
The Founding Evolution of Popular Democracy
The Logic of Inclusion Evolution of Elite Democracy
The Logic of Expertise
Summarizing the Democratic Debate
Interpreting Political Facts
The Problem of Participation Conclusion
Joining the Democratic Debate
The Revolution and the Constitution
Origins of the Democratic Debate
From Colonials to Revolutionaries
From Revolution to Constitution
The Constitutional Convention Ratification
Struggle and the Democratic Debate
The Bill of Rights
Beginning the Democratic Debate
The American Political Economy
Two Tales of the Political Economy
Unaccountable Corporate Power
The Problem of Rising Inequality
Political Economy and Civil Society
We Do Not Need to Choose Between Democracy and Prosperity
Public Opinion and Political Culture
Public Opinion and the Democratic Debate
American Political Culture
Interpreting Divides Within the Political
Culture Ideologies and Public
Opinion Where Does Public
Opinion Originate?
How Public Opinion Is Organized
The Sensible Public
Where Have All the Voters Gone?
The Mysterious Facts
About Nonvoting Elite Democratic
Theories of Nonvoting Popular
Democracy and Nonvoting Mobilizing Nonvoters
Would It Make a Difference?
Who's Afraid of Nonvoters?
The Media
Who Sets the Political Agenda?
The Democratic Debate and the Mass Media
Media Power and U.S. History Corporate
Ownership and Control Government
Influence on the Mass Media
Making (and Creating) the News
Democratizing the Media
Are the Parties Over?
Why Political Parties Are Important
Why American Parties Are Unique Critical Elections
The Politics of Dealignment 1968?
Generals Without Armies
Current Party Organization
Party Primaries and the National Conventions
The Parties in the Electorate
The Future of Parties
Organized Money versus Organized People
Campaign-Centered Politics
The Permanent Campaign Game
The Rise of High-Tech Politics Campaigning and Popular Democracy
Who Wins the Campaign Game?
Interest Group Politics
Elite Bias Interest
Group Politics and the Democratic Debate
The Growth of Interest Group Politics
Traditional Lobbying
The Insider Strategy
The Class Bias of the Interest Group System
The Rise of Public Interest Groups
The New Lobbying
Elite Countermobilization
The New Interest Group Politics
Democracy for Hire
The Case of National Health Insurance
How Democratic Is the Interest Group System?
Mass Movement Politics
The Great Equalizer Protest Politics
Goals and Tactics
Mass Movements in American
History Mass Movements
The Necessary Ingredients Protest Tactics
Walking a Fine Line
The Elite Response to Mass Movements
The Democratic Debate over Mass Movements
The Place of Protest Politics in a Democracy
A Vehicle for Popular Democracy?
Congress Before the Revolution
Congress During the Revolution
Congress After the Revolution
Congress and the Executive
The Post-Revolution Congress and the Democratic Debate
Leadership and Elite Democracy
The Personalized Presidency
The Presidency as an Institution
The Presidency and the Congress
The Presidency and Economic Power
The Presidency and National Security
The President and the Public
The President and the Media
The Presidency and Democratic Movements Popular or Elite Democrat?
The Case of Bill Clinton
The Elite Democratic Presidency
Myth and Reality The Democratic Debate over Bureaucracy
A Short History
The Modern Administrative State in America Bureaucrats as Policy Makers
The Political Environment of Bureaucracy
Bureaucracy and the Political Economy
The Democratic Debate over Reforming the Bureaucracy
Beyond Monster Bureaucracy
The Judiciary and the Democratic Debate
Judicial Power and the Democratic Debate
The Supreme Court in History Judicial Selection
The Federal Court System The Supreme Court
Process The Supreme Court
Politics The Supreme Court and the Political System
Law, Politics, and the Democratic Debate
State and Local Politics
The Dilemma of Federalism
Federalism and the Constitution
The Failure of Dual Federalism
Intergovernmental Relations
States and Corporations
Survival of the Unfit?
Reformers and the Attack on Party Government
States and Cities as Laboratories of Democracy
Is There a Way Out of the Dilemma?
Civil Liberties and Civil Rights
Civil Liberties and Civil Rights
Foes and Friends Civil Liberties and Civil Rights
Historical Bases
The First Amendment
The Rights of Persons Accused of Crimes
The Right of Privacy
Birth Control and Abortion Civil Rights
The Struggle over Liberties and Rights
Economic and Social Policy
The Democratic Connections Policy Debates
The Democratic
Dimension The Rise and Fall of the Keynesian
Consensus Reaganomics
The Supply-Side Experiment
How the Country Moved from Deficits to Surpluses
The Politics of Budget Surpluses
The Democratic Debate over the Money Supply
The Democratic Debate on Welfare
Democratic Connections
Foreign Policy in the National Security
State Beginnings of the Democratic
Debate over Foreign Policy Isolation and Expansion
The Democratic Debate over the Cold War
Foreign and Defense Policy
Foreign Policy and Economic Power
Foreign Policy and Public Opinion
Post-Cold War Foreign
Policy and the Democratic Debate
A More Democratic Foreign Policy?
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