Written in a lively, narrative style constructed around a single story line that will keep students reading, this text gets to the heart of American frustration with the federal government’s seeming inability to effectively address the nation’s most important problems. This dynamic discussion centers around the idea that this “inability” is actually rooted in a long-standing and inescapable tension lying at the heart of the American political system.
New to the Second Edition:
Updated throughout to include results of the 2006 midterm elections as well as key issues, events, and scholarship of the last two years.
More theoretical coverage and context has been added, particularly to Chapter 1, to better establish a framework in which to understand the story of American government and root the book’s argument in strong scholarship.
Transition paragraphs follow the chapter-opening vignettes and preview how the text’s theme and argument manifest themselves in the chapter material that follows. These paragraphs offer students additional context and establish a foundation on which they can build their understanding of the material that follows.
“The Democratic Republic” sections ending each chapter have been revised to better inspire critical thinking. Many are now presented as bold debates and are accompanied by critical thinking questions, giving students an opportunity to apply their analytical skills to the argument being offered in the book.
More frequent transitions highlighting the theme are included throughout the book, and more explicit references to the theme have been added throughout each chapter.
Vignettes have been thoroughly updated to showcase the current nature of the text’s coverage.
Edward S. Greenberg is a professor of political science and the director of the Political and Economic Change Program in the Institute of Behavioral Science at the University of Colorado, Boulder. He is author or coauthor of several books, including The Struggle for Democracy, The American Political System, and Workplace Democracy. Greenberg has been the recipient of three major grants from the National Science Foundation and two from the National Institutes of Health, and is currently engaged in a study, funded by NIH, that examines the effect of corporate restructuring on employees, including their mental and physical health and their social and political outlooks.
Ben Page is the Scott Fulcher Professor of Decision Making in the Department of Political Science at Northwestern University. He is one of the nation’s leading students of American public opinion, and his landmark book, The Rational Public, won the Converse Award from the American Political Science Association in recognition of its singular contributions to the discipline. His new book, The Foreign Policy Disconnect, uses longitudinal survey data to show that the American People and their leaders are not always on the same page.'
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