Higher Education

Debating Democracy: A Reader in American Politics, 7th Edition

  • Bruce Miroff State University of New York, Albany (SUNY)
  • Raymond Seidelman Sarah Lawrence College
  • Todd Swanstrom University of Missouri, St. Louis
  • ISBN-10: 0495913472  |  ISBN-13: 9780495913474
  • 368 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2009, 2005, 2003
  • © 2012 | Published
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About

Overview

Designed to accompany any American Government text, this engaging reader features a debate-style format that includes two readings per chapter--each representing opposing viewpoints. The unique format and current content give this book a distinct advantage over other readers. The seventh edition incorporates up-to-date chapter introductions and new debates on issues such as corporate spending in elections, same-sex marriage, and negative campaigning for a fresh look at the hot-button issues in modern American government.

Features and Benefits

  • DEBATING DEMOCRACY presents two sides of seventeen current controversies in U.S. politics.

Table of Contents

1. The Founding: Debating the Constitution.
2. Democracy: Overrated or Undervalued?
3. The New Federalism: Does It Create Laboratories of Democracy or a Race to the Bottom?
4. Immigration: Does It Strengthen or Threaten American Democracy?
5. Political Economy: How Democratic Is the Free Market Economy?
6. Civil Liberties: Is Corporate Spending on Elections the Equivalent of Free Speech?
7. Civil Rights: Debating Same-Sex Marriage.
8. Church-State Relations: Was the United States Founded as a Christian Nation?
9. Digital Media: Do They Expand or Shrink Democracy?
10. Political Polarization: How Divided Are We?
11. Campaigns and Elections: Do Negative Ads Damage Democracy?
12. The Federal Budget: Is the Deficit a Threat to the Nation?
13. Congress: Can Our Representatives Serve the Public Good?
14. The Presidency: How Much Difference Does the Individual Make?
15. The Judiciary: How Should It Interpret Our Constitution?
16. Economic Inequality: A Threat to Democracy?
17. Foreign Policy: Has the United States Become an Imperial Power?

What's New

  • The seventh edition contains thirteen new selections, addressing profound issues such as corporate spending in elections, same-sex marriage, and negative campaigning.
  • Four chapters are completely new to this edition: Chapter 6: Civil Liberties and Elections: Is Corporate Spending Protected by the First Amendment?; Chapter 7: Civil Rights: Debating Same-Sex Marriage; Chapter 11: Campaigns and Elections: Do Negative Ads Damage Democracy?; and Chapter 12: The Federal Budget: Is the Deficit a Threat to the Nation?
  • Either one or both of the readings in each of the following chapters has been updated: Chapter 4: Immigration: Does It Strengthen or Weaken American Democracy?; Chapter 9: Digital Media: Do They Expand or Shrink Democracy?; Chapter 13: Congress: Can Our Representatives Serve the Public Good?; and Chapter 17: Foreign Policy: Has the United States Become an Imperial Power?

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Efficacy and Outcomes

Reviews

"I think the text is great. The vast majority of the articles are easy for my students to understand even when the author's arguments are complex." - Stefanie Chambers, Trinity College

— Stefanie Chambers

"Provides much greater insight into the kinds of questions we deal with in our discipline, and raises issues that are more fundamental, theoretical, and structural in nature." - Alan Beck, Santa Fe College

— Alan Beck

Supplements

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Instructor Supplements

Election 2010: An American Government Supplement  (ISBN-10: 1111341788 | ISBN-13: 9781111341787)

Written by John Clark and Brian Schaffner, this booklet addresses the 2010 congressional and gubernatorial races, with real-time analysis and references.

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Meet the Author

Author Bio

Bruce Miroff

Bruce Miroff earned his Ph.D. at the University of California, Berkeley. He teaches and writes in the areas of the presidency, American political theory, and American political development. He is the author of PRAGMATIC ILLUSIONS: THE PRESIDENTIAL POLITICS OF JOHN F. KENNEDY; ICONS OF DEMOCRACY: AMERICAN LEADERS AS HEROES, ARISTOCRATS, DISSENTERS, AND DEMOCRATS; and THE LIBERALS’ MOMENT: THE MCGOVERN INSURGENCY AND THE IDENTITY CRISIS OF THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY. He regularly teaches an introductory lecture course on American Government and has received a teaching excellence award from SUNY Albany, where he is currently a professor.

Raymond Seidelman

Raymond Seidelman earned his Ph.D. at Cornell University in 1979; he was a professor of political science at Sarah Lawrence College and wrote DISENCHANTED REALISTS: POLITICAL SCIENCE AND THE AMERICAN CRISIS (1985), a much-discussed history of the discipline. His areas of specialization included elections, voting, and political theory.

Todd Swanstrom

Todd Swanstrom earned his Ph.D. from Princeton University in 1981. Specializing in housing and urban policy, political economy, and metropolitan planning, he is co-author of PLACE MATTERS: METROPOLITICS FOR THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY.