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The Democratic Debate: American Politics in an Age of Change


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The Democratic Debate examines the struggle between the elite and popular models of democracy which, the authors argue, have alternated as the dominant vision in America since its founding. The text uses the standard of popular democracy to examine the United States from anti-federalism to contemporary social movements. Special attention is given to people, famous and otherwise, whose actions demonstrate how individuals can make a difference in democracy. Thorough coverage of recent events includes a discussion of Enron and issues of corporate responsibility, the evolution of the Christian Right into a mass movement, the protests against the War in Iraq, and the Terry Schiavo case as it relates to Federalism.


Focusing on the tension between elite and popular models, individuals who made a difference, and recent events, THE DEMOCRATIC DEBATE makes American democracy both relevant and compelling.

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. The newest coauthor replacing Raymond Seidelman, Tom De Luca earned his Ph.D at University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 1983. He is a Professor of Political Science at Fordham University, where he specializes in Democratic Theory and American Politics, and is the Director of both the International Studies Program and the Sino-American Seminar on Politics and Law. He has held four Fulbrights, been made Honorary Professor of Political Science at China University of Political Science and Law in Beijing, and is the author or co-author of three books.

Table of Contents

Part I: FOUNDATIONS. 1. Introduction: The Democratic Debate. 2. The Revolution and the Constitution: Origins of the Democratic Debate. 3. The American Political Economy. 4. Public Opinion and Political Culture: Can the People Be Fooled? Part II: PARTICIPATION. 5. Where Have All the Voters Gone? 6. Campaigns: Organized Money versus Organized People. 7. US Parties: Who Has a Vote? 8. The Media: Who Sets the Political Agenda? 9. Interest Group Politics: Elite Bias. 10. Mass Movement Politics: The Great Equalizer. Part III: INSTITUTIONS. 11. Congress: A Vehicle for Popular Democracy? 12. Presidential Leadership and Elite Democracy. 13. Bureaucracy: Myth and Reality. 14. The Judiciary and the Democratic Debate. 15. State and Local Politics: The Dilemma of Federalism. Part IV: POLICY. 16. Civil Liberties and Civil Rights. 17. Economic and Social Policy: The Democratic Connections. 18. Foreign Policy in the National Security State.

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American Politics in an Age of Change
Miroff, Bruce
De, Tom
Seidelman, Raymond
Cram101 Textbook Reviews
Tom De Luca
de Luca, Tom
Miroff, Bruce (Bruce Miroff)
Swanstrom, Todd
Cengage Learning
General Political Science
United States Politics and government.
Politics - General
Teaching Methods & Materials - General
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