Point-Counterpoint Readings in American Government

ISBN-10: 0534614167

ISBN-13: 9780534614164

Edition: 7th 2004 (Revised)

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Description: Designed to stimulate critical thinking and discussion by debating issues in the U.S. political system, POINT/COUNTERPOINT makes a stirring supplement to any Introductory American Government course. By presenting two sides of an issue, the reader illustrates to students just how important politics are to deciding key issues. This diverse collection contains articles by political figures, scholars, and writers on such hotly contested issues as affirmative action, racial profiling, presidential war powers and globalization.

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Book details

List price: $119.95
Edition: 7th
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Wadsworth
Publication date: 6/13/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 416
Size: 6.38" wide x 9.18" long x 0.88" tall
Weight: 1.342
Language: English

Foundations of the United States Political System
Has the Wisdom of the Framers of the Constitution in Promoting a "More Perfect Union" Been Overrated?
The Constitution: Past And Present
The Wisdom Of The Framers
Questions For Discussion
Suggested Readings
Should Power Be Transferred from the Federal Government to the States?
Power to the States
Forever Federal
Questions for Discussion
Suggested Readings
Civil Liberties and Civil Rights
In Fighting a War on Terrorism, Is the United States Acting Within Reasonable Limits to Maintain Its Civil Liberties?
Civil Liberties, The War on Terrorism, and National Security
Moving Toward a Police State or Have We Arrived?
Secret Military Tribunals, Mass Arrests and Disappearances, Wiretapping & Torture
Questions for Discussion
Suggested Readings
Should A National Identification Card System Be Established?
Youll Love Those National ID Cards
The Case Against National ID Cards
Questions for Discussion
Suggested Readings
Is Racial Profiling Ever Justified?
Racial Profiling
Racial Profiling Is Not Justified?
Questions for Discussion
Suggested Readings
Should the Death Penalty Be Abolished?
A New Millennium: Time to Stop Tinkering with the Machinery of Death
Death Penalty
Questions for Discussion
Suggested Readings
Should the Doctrine of Separation Between Church and State Be Interpreted in a Way That Is Favorable to Public Worship and Acknowledgment of God?
Putting God Back in the Public Square
Rethinking the Separation Between Church and State
Questions for Discussion
Suggested Readings
Is Affirmative Action a Desirable Policy to Remedy Discrimination in Higher Education?
Stanley Fish Affirming Affirmative Action
Not a Close Question: Preferences in University Admissions
Questions for Discussion
Suggested Readings
Popular Participation
Do Big Corporations Control America?
The Progressive Interview (Ruth Conniff)
Do Big Corporations Control America?
Questions for Discussion
Suggested Readings
Should You Vote for a Minor Party Candidate You May Prefer over the "Lesser Evil" from a Major Party?
Dont Vote Lesser Evil Politics
Response to Lerner on Lesser Evil Politics!
Questions for Discussion
Suggested Readings
Is Campaign Finance Reform Desirable in the American Political System?
Campaign Finance Reform
Campaign Finance Reform: Faulty Assumptions and Undemocratic Consequences
Questions for Discussion
Suggested Readings
Do the Mass Media Have a Liberal Bias?
U.S. Media Retain their Liberal Bias
Corporations Have a Chokehold on U.S. Media
Questions for Discussion
Suggested Readings
Should the Electoral College Be Abolished?
Abolish the Electoral College
In Defense of the Electoral College
Questions for Discussion
Suggested Readings
Policy-Making Institutions
Should the United States Adopt a British Parliamentary-type System of Government?
The Pros and Cons of the Parliamentary System for the United States
Questions for Discussion
Suggested Readings
Does the President Have Legal Authority to Engage in Military Action Against the Nations Enemies Without the Specific Authorization of Congress?
The Presidents War-Making Power
The Congressional Role in War
Questions for Discussion
Suggested Readings
Should the Senate Take into Consideration the Ideology of a Nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court in the Confirmation Decision?
Ideology Should Be a Factor in the Confirmation of Supreme Court Nominees
Ideology Should Not Be a Factor in the Confirmation of Supreme Court Nominees
Questions for Discussion
Suggested Readings
Is the Bureaucracy a Threat to Liberty?
The Preservation of the Bureaucracy
In Defense of Government
Questions for Discussion
Suggested Readings
Should the Supreme Court Abide by a Strict Constructionist Philosophy?
The Case for Judicial Restraint
The Supreme Courts Proper and Historic Function
Questions for Discussion
Suggested Readings
Public Policy
Should the Federal Government Decriminalize Drugs?
Criminalization, and Harm Reduction
Drug Legalization Would Be a Disaster
Questions for Discussion
Suggested Readings
Will Gun Control Reduce Violence?
Educational Fund To Stop Gun Violence, The Facts About Gun Violence
Gun Control Only Seems Like a Good Idea!
Questions for Discussion
Suggested Readings
Is "Smart Growth" a Smart Idea to Control Suburban Sprawl?
The Environmental, Social, and Cultural Impacts of Sprawl
The Myth of Suburban Sprawl
Questions for Discussion
Suggested Readings
Should the United States Resist Globalization?
The Alternatives Committee Of The International Forum On Globalization, A Better World Is Possible! Alternatives to Economic Globalization
A Response to the Assault on the Global Economy
Questions for Discussion
Suggested Readings
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