Faultlines Debating the Issues in American Politics

ISBN-10: 039392159X

ISBN-13: 9780393921595

Edition: 4th

Authors: David T. Canon, John J. Coleman, Kenneth R. Mayer

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In each chapter, two or more readings present opposing perspectives on contemporary political issues. About half of the readings are new, and most address current issues such as immigration policy and income inequality. Headnotes in every chapter put the readings into a broader political context, and each chapter concludes with discussion questions that encourage students to think critically about the readings and the issues they raise.
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Edition: 4th
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company, Incorporated
Publication date: 6/25/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 7.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.364
Language: English

David T. Canon is professor of political science at the University of Wisconsinndash;Madison. His teaching and research interests focus on American political institutions, especially Congress, and racial representation. He is the author of Actors, Athletes, and Astronauts: Political Amateurs in the United States Congress; Race, Redistricting, and Representation: The Unintended Consequences of Black Majority Districts (winner of the Richard F. Fenno Prize); The Dysfunctional Congress? (with Kenneth Mayer); and various articles and book chapters. He recently finished a term as the Congress editor of Legislative Studies Quarterly. He is an AP consultant and has taught in the University of Wisconsin AP Summer Institute for U.S. Government and Politics since 1997. Professor Canon is the recipient of a University of Wisconsin chancellor's distinguished teaching award.

Political Culture: 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: How Democratic Is the Constitution?
The Ratification Referendum: Sending the Constitution to a New Convention for Repair
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Federalism: 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: Same-Sex Marriage
The Marriage Ideal
The Libertarian Case Against Gay Marriage
Objections to These Unions
Congress: Pork-Barrel Politics
Corporate Welfare and Earmarks
Inhofe: Earmarks Are Good for Us
Earmarks Are a Model, Not a Menace
The Presidency: 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: Privatization of Government Activity
Federalist No. 70: Where Does the Public Service Begin and End?
Cato Handbook for Policymakers, Privatization
The Judiciary: Interpreting the Constitution-Originalism or a Living Constitution?
Antonin Scalia, Constitutional Interpretation the Old-Fashioned Way
Our Democratic Constitution
Public Opinion and the Media: 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: 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: Red America versus Blue America-Are We Polarized?
What Culture Wars? Debunking the Myth of a Polarized America
How Divided Are We?-and Morris P. Fiorina's Letter in Response to Wilson
Tea Minus Zero
Groups and Interests: Corporate and Labor Spending in Campaigns
The Decision That Threatens Democracy
Citizens United We Stand
How Much has Citizens United Changed the Political Game?
Government and the Economy: Is Income Inequality a Problem?
Why We Can't Ignore Growing Income Inequality
Three Cheers for Income Inequality
Government and Society: 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: 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?
Acknowledgments
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