Voices of Dissent : Critical Readings in American Politics

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  • Edition: 8th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2009-02-20
  • Publisher: Pearson
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Challenging the political and economic status quo in America, this is the only reader on the market that provides a systematic series of critical perspectives on American politics that takes students beyond the range of debate between mainstream liberalism and conservatism. It addresses issues central to our political life in the twenty-first century, and prompts students to question ideology, think critically, and act globally.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Why aCriticalReader?
Democracy and Political Economy
ldquo;The Straightjacket of Thin Democracyrdquo;
ldquo;A Short History of Neo-Liberalismrdquo;
ldquo;Why Does the Air Stink? Corporate Power and Public Policyrdquo;
ldquo;Deep Economy: Reimagining Growth and Progressrdquo;
Ideology and Political Culture
ldquo;What is the American Dream?rdquo;
ldquo;Liberal Individualism and the Crisis of Citizenshiprdquo;
ldquo;The Theology of American Empirerdquo;
ldquo;The Greatest Nation on Earthrdquo;
Constitutional and State Structures
ldquo;American Exceptionalism and the Politics of Fragmentationrdquo;
ldquo;The Dark Side of the Constitutionrdquo;
ldquo;Our Godless Constitutionrdquo;
ldquo;Some Truths are not Self-Evidentrdquo;
Politics and Institutions
Mass Media and Politics
ldquo;Itrsquo;s the Media, Stupidrdquo;
ldquo;News Content and Illusion: Four Information Biases That Matterrdquo;
ldquo;The Military-Industrial-Media Complexrdquo;
ldquo;Life on the Plantationrdquo;
Parties and Elections
ldquo;Whatrsquo;s the Matter with America?rdquo;
ldquo;The Shrinking Electoral Battlegroundrdquo;
ldquo;Let Them Eat Warrdquo;
ldquo;Just Democracyrdquo;
ldquo;Congress and Big Businessrdquo;
ldquo;Democracy on Drugs: How a BillReallyBecomes Lawrdquo;
ldquo;Four Amendments and a Funeral: Inside the House of Horrors that is Congressrdquo;
ldquo;Congressional Inertia: Iron Triangles Old and Newrdquo;
The Presidency:

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