The Enduring Debate: Classic and Contemporary Readings in American Politics

ISBN-10: 0393921581
ISBN-13: 9780393921588
Edition: 2013
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List price: $79.55
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: W W Norton & Co Inc
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 400
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 2.266
Language: English

Every chapter includes a blend of readings—from scholarly and popular sources, long and short readings, and 30 percent new to this edition. About one-fourth of the readings are classics, while the remaining three-fourths are contemporary. Each begins with a headnote explaining the significance of the piece and concludes with discussion questions that help students think critically about what they’ve just read. Finally, each chapter includes one “Debate” section, two or more readings exploring the different sides of important issues such as immigration policy, health care reform, same-sex marriage, and the effects of income inequality.

Preface
The Constitutional System
Political Culture
From The Liberal Tradition in America: An Interpretation of American Political Thought Since the Revolution
From The Creation of the American Republic 1776-1787
"Beyond Tocqueville, Myrdal, and Hartz: The Multiple Traditions in America"
Debating the Issues: What Does It Mean to Be an American?
"Sworn-Again Americans"
"What Does It Mean to Be an American?"
"The Three Political Cultures"
The Founding and the Constitution
"The Nature of American Constitutionalism," from The Origins of the American Constitution
The Federalist, No. 15
From An Economic Interpretation of the Constitution of the United States
Debating the Issues: How Democratic Is the Constitution?
"The Ratification Referendum: Sending the Constitution to a New Convention for Repair"
"We"
Federalism
The Federalist, No. 46
From The Price of Federalism
"Jumping Frogs, Endangered Toads, and California's Medical-Marijuana Law"
Debating the Issues: Immigration Reform and State Power
"State Sovereignty Is the Issue"
"Dismantling Federalism Is a Shortcut With a Very Steep Price"
"The Debate Over Immigration Reform Is Not Over Until It's Over"
The Constitutional Framework and the Individual: Civil Liberties and Civil Rights
"The Perpetuation of Our Political Institutions"
"Letter from Birmingham Jail"
"In Defense of Prejudice"
Debating the Issues: Same-Sex Marriage
"The Marriage Ideal"-Ross Douthat
"The Libertarian Case Against Gay Marriage"
"Objections to These Unions"
Institutions
Congress: The First Branch
From Congress: The Electoral Connection
"U.S. House Members in Their Constituencies: An Exploration"
"Too Much of a Good Thing: More Representative Is Not Necessarily Better"
Debating the Issues: Pork-Barrel Politics
"Corporate Welfare and Earmarks"-Cato Handbook for Policymakers
"Inhofe: Earmarks Are Good for Us"
"Earmarks Are a Model, Not a Menace"
The Presidency
"The Power to Persuade," from Presidential Power
"Perspectives on the Presidency," from The Presidency in a Separated System
Debating the Issues: Prospects, Possibilities, and Perils in Obama's Second Term
"Triumphant Obama Faces New Foe in 'Second-Term Curse'"
"Beware Obama's Big Ideas"
"Second Chances"
Bureaucracy
"The Study of Administration"
From Bureaucracy: What Government Agencies Do and Why They Do It
Debating the Issues: Privatization of Government Activity
"Federalist No. 70: Where Does the Public Service Begin and End?"
"Privatization"-Cato Handbook for Policymakers
The Judiciary
The Federalist, No. 78
"The Court and American Life," from Storm Center: The Supreme Court in American Politics
The Hollow Hope: Can Courts Bring About Social Change?
Debating the Issues: Interpreting the Constitution-Originalism or a Living Constitution?
"Constitutional Interpretation the Old-Fashioned Way"
"Our Democratic Constitution"
Political Behavior: Participation
Public Opinion and the Media
"Polling the Public," from Public Opinion in a Democracy
"Choice Words: If You Can't Understand Our Poll Questions, Then How Can We Understand Your Answers?"
"News vs. Entertainment: How Increasing Media Choice Widens Gaps in Political Knowledge and Turnout"
Debating the Issues: The Future of Political Journalism
"Goodbye to the Age of Newspapers (Hello to a New Era of Corruption)"
"How to Save the News"
Elections and Voting
"The Voice of the People: An Echo," from The Responsible Electorate
"The Unpolitical Animal: How Political Science Understands Voters"
"Telling Americans to Vote, or Else"
Debating the Issues: Voter Identification
"The Historical Context of Voter Photo-ID Laws"
"Requiring Identification by Voters"
"Is There a Middle Ground in the Voter ID Debate?"
Political Parties
"The Decline of Collective Responsibility in American Politics"
"Be Careful What You Wish For: The Rise of Responsible Parties in American National Politics"
Debating the Issues: Red America versus Blue America-Are We Polarized?
"What Culture Wars? Debunking the Myth of a Polarized America"
"How Divided Are We?"
"Tea Minus Zero"
Groups and Interests
"Political Association in the United States," from Democracy in America
"The Alleged Mischiefs of Faction," from The Governmental Process
"The Logic of Collective Action," from Rise and Decline of Nations
Debating the Issues: Corporate and Labor Spending in Campaigns
"The Decision That Threatens Democracy"
"Citizens United We Stand"
"How Much Has Citizens United Changed the Political Game?"
Public Policy
Government and the Economy
"Call for Federal Responsibility"
"Against the Proposed New Deal"
"The Rise and Fall of the GDP"
Debating the Issues: Is Income Inequality a Problem?
"Why We Can't Ignore Growing Income Inequality"
"Three Cheers for Income Inequality"
Government and Society
"Providing Social Security Benefits in the Future: A Review of the Social Security System and Plans to Reform It"
"American Business, Public Policy, Case Studies, and Political Theory"
Debating the Issues: Health Care Reform
"Grading Health Reform: Experts Assess Whether the Bill Delivers on Its Promises"
"Repeal: Why and How Obamacare Must Be Undone"
"Even After Big Victory, Health Care Future Uncertain"
Foreign Policy and World Politics
"The Age of Open Society"
"Reality Check"
Debating the Issues: Is the World Still a Dangerous Place?
"Clear and Present Safety: The United States is More Secure Than Washington Thinks"
"National Insecurity: Just How Safe Is the United States?"
Appendix
Marbury v. Madison (1803)
McCulloch v. Maryland (1819)
Barron v. Baltimore (1833)
Roe v. Wade (1973)
Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas (1954)
United States v. Nixon (1974)
United States v. Lopez (1995)
The Declaration of Independence
The Federalist, No. 10-James Madison
The Constitution of the United States of America
Amendments to the Constitution
Acknowledgments

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