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Debating Democracy: A Reader in American Politics [Paperback]

Bruce Miroff , Raymond Seidelman , Todd Swanstrom
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March 24, 2008 0618719172 978-0618719174 6
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.

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The readings help create a context for lively classroom debate and discussion. -- Review --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Bruce Miroff earned his Ph.D. at the University of California, Berkeley. He teaches and writes in the areas of the presidency, American political theory, and American political development. He is the author of PRAGMATIC ILLUSIONS: THE PRESIDENTIAL POLITICS OF JOHN F. KENNEDY; ICONS OF DEMOCRACY: AMERICAN LEADERS AS HEROES, ARISTOCRATS, DISSENTERS, AND DEMOCRATS; and THE LIBERALS' MOMENT: THE MCGOVERN INSURGENCY AND THE IDENTITY CRISIS OF THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY. He regularly teaches an introductory lecture course on American Government and has received a teaching excellence award from SUNY Albany, where he is currently a professor.

Raymond Seidelman earned his Ph.D. at Cornell University in 1979; he was a professor of political science at Sarah Lawrence College and wrote DISENCHANTED REALISTS: POLITICAL SCIENCE AND THE AMERICAN CRISIS (1985), a much-discussed history of the discipline. His areas of specialization included elections, voting, and political theory.

Todd Swanstrom earned his Ph.D. from Princeton University in 1981. Specializing in housing and urban policy, political economy, and metropolitan planning, he is co-author of PLACE MATTERS: METROPOLITICS FOR THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing; 6 edition (March 24, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0618719172
  • ISBN-13: 978-0618719174
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 6.4 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,082,639 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Companion Book February 3, 2011
By J Grace
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This book is outstanding and great for any government class as a companion to any government textbook. It offers opposing viewpoints on common chapters in introductory goverment books. All the information is jneresting and is beneficial to every citizen. It is also great for gov't students hoping to incrase their knowledge and perspective on commonly debated topics in America.
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4.0 out of 5 stars lots to get you thinking September 17, 2008
Some of these essays are of very recent vintage. See Chapter 6, about defending American domestic liberties during a time of war. The arguments revolve around what measures are necessary to fight terrorism on the home front.

Other chapters also offer pro and con on other issues. Like how polarised is the American electorate? Something quite timely in this year of 2008. Another issue is whether the judiciary is or should be activist in interpreting the constitution.

Lots to get you thinking.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting readings about current debates April 1, 2012
I purchased this book as a requirement for a college course and it was an interesting read all around. So many different sides to current debatable issues kept me interested in it and the book was able to help me pick a side on certain issues I was on the fence about. If you are into debating I would recommend this book.
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