Debating Democracy: A Reader in American Politics 6th Edition

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"I think the text is great. The vast majority of the articles are easy for my students to understand even when the author's arguments are complex." - Stefanie Chambers, Trinity College

"Provides much greater insight into the kinds of questions we deal with in our discipline, and raises issues that are more fundamental, theoretical, and structural in nature." - Alan Beck, Santa Fe College --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

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.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning; 6 edition (March 24, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0618719172
  • ISBN-13: 978-0618719174
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,462,791 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J Grace on February 3, 2011
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Honest Reviewer on April 1, 2012
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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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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bill VanOrman on June 16, 2013
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I have the misfortune of taking an Introduction to American Government class that requires this text. Using this text, the title of the course should be changed from Intro to American Government to Indoctrination to Liberal Government. The author is admittedly biased in the Foreword and is painfully so. He will try to explain both sides of something he disagrees with, but every example he gives trashes a conservative while letting liberals off the hook. As an example, he rants about the media in Chapter 8 and talks about the loosening of regulations. In this chapter he will state that Reagan did this in the 80s and Bush did that in 2007, but he will simply state that other things he disagrees with happened in 1997 and 2010. He will not mention who was in office during those years. My goal is to get through this class, rate the professor on my opinion of the selected text and then sell the book back or find some other means of disposing of it if the bookstore will not buy it back.
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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.

[Following written in 2015] After several more years, and with the disclosures of US excesses unknown when I wrote my earlier comments, the book is still germane.
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