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Politics of Power A Critical Introduction to American Government

ISBN-10: 0393933253
ISBN-13: 9780393933253
Edition: 6th 2011
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List price: $53.25
Edition: 6th
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company, Incorporated
Publication date: 8/6/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 392
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.584
Language: English

Ira Katznelson is Ruggles Professor of Political Science and History at Columbia University. He is the author of many books, including Marxism and the Cityand the award-winning Liberalism's Crooked Circle: Letters to Adam Michnik.He has served as president of the Social Science History Association and of the Politics and History Section of the American Political Science Association.

Mark Kesselman is senior editor of the International Political Science Review and professor emeritus of political science at Columbia University. His research focuses on the political economy of French and European politics. His publications include The Ambiguous Consensus (1967), The French Workers Movement (1984), The Politics of Globalization: A Reader (2012), and The Politics of Power (2013). His articles have appeared in The American Political Science Review, World Politics, and Comparative Politics.

List of What Do You Think? Boxes
Preface
Democracy's Challenge
Introduction
Constitutional Democracy and Capitalism
Standards of Democracy
Political Change
Conclusion
Chapter Summary
Critical Thinking Questions
Suggested Readings
American Political Economy
Capitalism and Democracy
Introduction
The Dilemmas of Markets
The System of Corporate Capitalism
The Mobilization of Bias
The Changing Landscape of American Capitalism
Who Owns America's Private Government?
The Changing Structure of Employment
America's Extreme Market Capitalism
Capitalist Instability and Crisis
Conclusion
Chapter Summary
Critical Thinking Questions
Suggested Readings
The History of American Political Economy
Introduction
Competitive Capitalism
The Rise of Corporate Capitalism
A New Deal
The Rise and Fall of the Golden Age
The Rise of Extreme Market Capitalism, 1980-2008
The Crisis of Extreme Market Capitalism
A New Foundation
Conclusion
Chapter Summary
Critical Thinking Questions
Suggested Readings
Political Participation
Political Parties, Elections, and Public Opinion
Introduction
The Origins of the Two-Party System
American Parties in Comparative Perspective
Critical Elections and Party Decay
Turnout and American Voters
Money and Elections
The Rise and Fall of the New Deal and Reagan Coalitions
The 2008 Presidential Election and the Challenge to Republican Dominance
Polarization and American Politics
The New Media and Public Opinion
Conclusion
Chapter Summary
Critical Thinking Questions
Suggested Readings
Interest Groups and Social Movements
Introduction
Interest Groups
David and Goliath
The Changing Quality of Membership
E-Media, Interest Groups, and Political Participation
A Comparative Perspective on American Interest Groups
Social Movements
Conclusion
Chapter Summary
Critical Thinking Questions
Suggested Readings
Political Institutions
The Presidency
Introduction
The Historical Presidency
The Imperial President
The Perils of Presidential Power
Directing the Executive
The Exercise of Presidential Power
Conclusion
Chapter Summary
Critical Thinking Questions
Suggested Readings
The Congress
Introduction
The Origin of Two Legislative Chambers
Congress: Past and Present
Congressional Careers and the Electoral Connection
Members of Congress
Realignment and Polarization
The Legislative Process
Seeking Influence
Conclusion
Chapter Summary
Critical Thinking Questions
Suggested Readings
The Courts
Introduction
A Dual Court System
The Federal Court System
The Supreme Court
The Modern Court: From Warren to Roberts
Politics by Lawsuit
The Courts in Comparative Perspective: Incarceration Nation
Conclusion
Chapter Summary
Critical Thinking Questions
Suggested Readings
Public Policy
Economic Policy
Introduction
The Government and the Economy
Fiscal Policy
Taxes
Spending
Monetary Policy
Regulation
Conclusion
Chapter Summary
Critical Thinking Questions
Suggested Readings
Social Policy
Introduction
The Historical Welfare State
The New Deal and Beyond
The New Poverty
The Great Society Program
From Reagan to Clinton
From Bush to Obama
Conclusion
Chapter Summary
Critical Thinking Questions
Suggested Readings
Foreign Policy
Introduction
Making Foreign Policy
American Foreign Policy before World War II
American Foreign Policy after World War II
A New Era of Globalization?
The Military Establishment
The Shift to Unilateralism
The Obama Presidency: Continuity or Change?
Declining Hegemony?
Conclusion
Chapter Summary
Critical Thinking Questions
Suggested Readings
Democracy's Character and Future
Introduction
Capitalism, and Democracy Revisited
American Democracy in Theory and Practice
Conclusion
Endnotes E-1
Glossary G-1
Credits C-1
Index I-1

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