Politics of Power A Critical Introduction to American Government

ISBN-10: 0534601790

ISBN-13: 9780534601799

Edition: 5th 2006 (Revised)

Authors: Ira Katznelson, Mark Kesselman, Alan Draper

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THE POLITICS OF POWER provides a lively, comprehensive, critical perspective of the American political system by highlighting how political conflicts, institutions, and processes are influenced by deep inequalities generated by the country's political economy. Building on the coverage of all of the major topics typical of an American Government course the critical analysis in this text is based on the theme that American democracy is limited by fundamental inequalities in power and economic resources. Respected for its critical theme, THE POLITICS OF POWER also strives to be direct without being simplistic, engaging without being flippant, and critical without being cynical.
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Book details

List price: $139.95
Edition: 5th
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Wadsworth
Publication date: 3/11/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 432
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.034
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.

Democracy's Challenge
Introduction
Titanic Inequalities
Democracy and Capitalism
Standards of Democracy
Change, and More Change
Conclusion
Introduction to American Political Economy
Global Capitalism and American Politics
Introduction
The System of Capitalism
The Mobilization of Bias
Corporate Capitalism
Who Owns America's Private Government?
The Professionalization of Capital
The Structure of Employment
Conflict and Cohesion
The Unstable Character of Capitalism
The Current Situation
Conclusion
The American State and Corporate Capitalism
Introduction
The First Wave of Expansion
Stagnation and Challenge
The Second Wave of Expansion
Corporate Capitalism Unravels
A New Deal
The Road Not Taken
Conservative Keynesianism
The Golden Age of Capitalism
Economic Policy Making
Fiscal Policy
The Budget Process
Monetary Policy
The End of the Golden Age of Capitalism
Reaganomics
Clintonomics
The Global Marketplace
Conclusion
The Many Faces of Political Participation
Movement for Change: Workers and Work
Introduction
Work Transformed: The Decline of the Independent Middle Class
Creating Unions
The Growth and Decline of Unions
Future Labor Prospects
Social Movements and Democratic Citizenship
Conclusion
Political Parties, Elections, and Movements
Introduction
The Disappearing American Voter
Party Systems
A Two-Party System
Critical Elections
Party Decay
The Decline of Party Organization
Party Structure and Orientation
Money and Elections
The PAC Phenomenon
Media and Elections
Political Consultants
The Rise and Fall of the New Deal Coalition
A New Republican Party
A Magical Mystery Tour: the 2000 Presidential Election
Contemporary Party Coalitions
A Postelectoral Era?
Conclusion
Political Institutions
The Presidency: Imperial or Imperiled?
Introduction
The Historical Presidency
The Imperial President?
The Imperiled President
Presidential Styles
Bill Clinton as President
The Exercise of Presidential Power
The President's Response: End-Running the Bureaucracy
Behind the Velvet Glove
Conclusion
Congress
Introduction
The Origins of Congress
The Historical Congress
Congress as a Career
Money and Congressional Elections
Safe Seats and Turnover
Members of Congress
The Legislative Process
How a Bill Becomes Law
The Senate
The House of Representatives
Congress, the Bureaucracy, and Interest Groups
Lobbying and Congress
Conclusion
The Judiciary
Introduction
Politics and the Law
A Dual Court System
The Law and the Development of American Capitalism
The Supreme Court in History
The Modern Court: From Warren to Rehnquist
Politics by Lawsuit
Conclusion
Public Policy
Corporate Capitalism, Foreign Policy, and the Global Political Economy
Introduction
American Foreign Policy Before World War II
Cold War Rivalry
Global Expansion and the Invisible Empire
A New Era of Globalization?
Globalization and Multinational Corporations
Multinational Corporations
The Military Establishment
Political and Economic Influence
The Military-Industrial Complex
Foreign Policy in the Post--Cold War Era
Rationalizing and Restructuring American Military Dominance
The New Global Economy: Whose Globalization?
Promoting Democracy Abroad
Conclusion
The Welfare State
Introduction
The Historical Welfare State
The New Deal
Conservative and Liberal Welfare States
Beyond the New Deal
The Great Society and Its Backlash
Clinton Democrats and the Welfare State
Conclusion
Conclusion: American Politics, Past, Present, and Future
Introduction
The Reagan Revolution?
The New Politics of Inequality
The Clinton-Gore Administration: Bold Centrism or Broken Compact?
The Compassionate Conservatism of the Bush Presidency
Conclusion
Credits
Index
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