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  • Edition: 3rd
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  • Copyright: 2011-03-17
  • Publisher: W W NORTON

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In each chapter, two or more readings present opposing perspectives on contemporary political issues. Most of the readings are new, and most address current issues such as healthcare reform and economic policy. Headnotes in every chapter put the readings into a broader political context, and each chapter concludes with discussion questions that encourage students to think critically about the readings and the issues they raise.

Author Biography

David T. Canon is professor of political science at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. His teaching and research interests focus on American political institutions and racial representation. He is the author of several books, including the introductory text American Politics Today (with William Bianco), now in its second edition, and Race, Restricting, and Representation: The Unintended Consequences of Black Majority Districts (winner of the Richard F. Fenno Prize). He recently finished a term as the Congress editor of Legislative Studies Quarterly. John J. Coleman is professor and chair of political science at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. His teaching and research interests focus on political party coalitions, factions, and organizations; elections and campaign finance; and the intersection of politics and economic policy. He is the author or editor of five books, including Party Decline in America: Policy, Politics, and the Fiscal State, and numerous articles on topics such as political parties, legislative-executive relations, campaign finance, and the politics of economic policy. Kenneth R. Mayer is professor of political science at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, with research interests in the presidency, campaign finance, and election administration. He is the author of With the Stroke of a Pen: Executive Orders and Presidential Power (winner of the Richard E. Neustadt Award), The Political Economy of Defense Contracting, and The Dysfunctional Congress? The Individual Roots of an Institutional Dilemma (with David Canon). In 2006, he was the inaugural Fulbright-ANU Distinguished Chair in Political Science at the Australian National University and won University of Wisconsin System teaching award.

Table of Contents

Political Culture: What Does It Mean to Be an American?p. 1
What Does It Mean to Be an American?p. 3
What Does It Mean to Be an American?p. 9
The Three Political Culturesp. 14
Constructing the Government: Should the Constitution Be Fundamentally Changed?p. 27
The Ratification Referendum: Sending the Constitution to a New Convention for Repairp. 29
Wep. 39
Federalism: Nullifying Health Care Reformp. 55
States of Anarchy: America's Long, Sordid Affair with Nullificationp. 57
Arizona House Concurrent Resolution 2014: A Concurrent Resolution Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Arizona; Relating to Health Care Servicesp. 61
Can the States Nullify Health Care Reform?p. 63
The Health Care Freedom Act: Questions & Answersp. 66
Civil Liberties: Corporate and Labor Spending in Campaigns and the First Amendmentp. 72
The Decision That Threatens Democracyp. 73
Citizens United We Standp. 82
Congress: Pork-Barrel Politicsp. 88
Corporate Welfare and Earmarks, from Cato Handbook for Policymakersp. 89
Inhofe: Earmarks Are Good for Usp. 94
Earmarks Are a Model, Not a Menacep. 98
The Presidency: Is Obama a Transformational President?p. 103
The Honeymoonersp. 105
Change Won't Come Easyp. 112
An Exceptional Debatep. 120
Bureaucracy: Policy ˘Czars÷ and Presidential Control of the Bureaucracyp. 131
Presidential Use of White House ˘Czars÷p. 133
Examining the History and Legality of Executive Branch Czarsp. 139
Czar Warsp. 146
The Federal Judiciary: Interpreting the Constitution-Originalism or a Living Constitution?p. 154
Common-Law Courts in a Civil-Law System: The Role of the United States Federal Courts in Interpreting the Constitution and Lawsp. 156
Our Democratic Constitutionp. 164
The Mass Media: The Future of Political Journalismp. 178
Future of Journalismp. 180
Goodbye to the Age of Newspapers (Hello to a New Era of Corruption)p. 189
How to Save the Newsp. 198
Elections and Voting: Voter Identificationp. 211
The Historical Context of Voter Photo-ID Lawsp. 211
Requiring Identification by Votersp. 219
Is There a Middle Ground in the Voter ID Debate?p. 225
Political Parties: Red America versus Blue America-Are We Polarized?p. 229
What Culture Wars? Debunking the Myth of a Polarized Americap. 231
How Divided Are We?-and Morris P. Fiorina's Letter in Response to Wilsonp. 235
Tea Minus Zerop. 249
Groups and Interests: Was Madison Right?p. 258
The Alleged Mischiefs of Faction, from The Governmental Processp. 261
The Scope and Bias of the Pressure System, from The Semisovereign Peoplep. 269
The Hyperpluralism Trapp. 274
Politics and Policy: How Should We Address Global Warming?p. 283
Climate Changep. 285
Mr. Gore, Your Solution to Global Warming Is Wrongp. 291
Government and the Economy: Bailing Out Wall Streetp. 301
Wall Street's Bailout Hustlep. 303
Written Testimony before the Congressional Oversight Panelp. 314
Government and Society: Health Care Reformp. 324
Address to Congress on Health Care Reformp. 326
Grading Health Reform: Experts Assess Whether the Bill Delivers on Its Promisesp. 334
Repeal: Why and How Obamacare Must Be Undonep. 341
Foreign Policy: The National Security Strategy of the United Statesp. 352
The National Security Strategy of the United Statesp. 353
The National Security Strategy of the United Statesp. 357
Acknowledgmentsp. 367
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