Voices of Dissent : Critical Readings in American Politics

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  • Edition: 7th
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  • Copyright: 2008-01-01
  • Publisher: Longman
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This distinctive reader is the only collection of truly critical readings on American government available. Its approach goes far beyond the mainstream debate between liberalism and conservatism to fundamentally challenge the status quo, stimulating reconsideration about what are sometimes assumed to be "givens" within the American system.

Author Biography

William F. Grover is Professor of Political Science at Saint Michael's College in Vermont Joseph G. Peschek is Professor of Political Science at Hamline University in Minnesota

Table of Contents

Prefacep. xi
Introductionp. 1
Structurep. 7
Democracy and Political Economyp. 8
This Land is Your Landp. 9
A Short History of Neo-Liberalismp. 19
Why Does the Air Stink? Corporate Power and Public Policyp. 26
Global Ecology and the Common Goodp. 36
Ideology and Political Culturep. 41
What is the American Dream?p. 42
Liberal Individualism and the Crisis of Citizenshipp. 55
Kingdom Coming: Resisting the Power of the Christian Rightp. 63
The Greatest Nation on Earthp. 69
Constitutional and State Structuresp. 76
American Exceptionalism and the Politics of Fragmentationp. 77
The Dark Side of the Constitutionp. 84
Our Godless Constitutionp. 96
Some Truths are not Self-Evidentp. 101
Politics and Institutionsp. 105
Mass Media and Politicsp. 107
It's the Media, Stupidp. 108
News Content and Illusion: Four Information Biases that Matterp. 119
The Military-Industrial-Media Complexp. 129
Take Public Broadcasting Backp. 135
Parties and Electionsp. 146
What's the Matter with America?p. 147
The Shrinking Electoral Battlegroundp. 152
Let Them Eat Warp. 165
After the Deluge: Electoral Reform in the Wake of the Election of 2000p. 171
Congressp. 176
Congress and Big Businessp. 177
Democracy on Drugs: How a Bill Really Becomes a Lawp. 184
Four Amendments and a Funeral: The House of Horrors that is Congressp. 192
Congressional Inertia: Iron Triangles Old and Newp. 204
The Presidencyp. 213
The Limits of Presidential Powerp. 214
The Presidential Spectaclep. 219
The "Unitary Executive" and the Threat to Democratic Governmentp. 236
George W. Bush's Imperial Presidencyp. 243
Law and the Courtsp. 253
Corporations, the Law, and Democracyp. 254
Democracy Versus Judicial Reviewp. 264
This Dangerous Patriot's Gamep. 269
Neo-Patriarchy and the Anti-Homosexual Agendap. 275
Politics and Visionp. 285
Political Challenges at Home and Abroadp. 286
The Tax-Cut Conp. 287
Doing it for Ourselves: Can Feminism Survive Class Polarization?p. 298
Black America and the Dilemma of Patriotismp. 303
Sorrows of Empirep. 308
Visions of a New Democracyp. 315
Letter from Birmingham Jailp. 316
Reclaiming the Commonsp. 323
Ten Steps to Improve Our Democracyp. 329
All Together Now: Common Sense for a Fair Economyp. 335
Resources for Further Studyp. 340
The Declaration of Independencep. 344
The Constitution of the United Statesp. 347
The Federalist No. 10p. 359
Creditsp. 363
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