The American Democracy

Author: Thomas E. Patterson

Publisher: McGraw-Hill Humanities, Social Sciences & World Languages

ISBN: 9780070490130

Category: Political Science

Page: 597

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The American Democracy uses a narrative to weave together theory, information and examples in order to bring out key facts and ideas in a way that should capture student interest and challenge them to think about the issues that affect the institutions and processes of government in the United States.
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The Rise of American Democracy

Jefferson to Lincoln

Author: Sean Wilentz

Publisher: W. W. Norton

ISBN: 9780393931112

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 496

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Winner of the Bancroft Award: "Monumental…a tour de force…awesome in its coverage of political events."—Gordon Wood, New York Times Book Review
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Political Women and American Democracy

Author: Christina Wolbrecht,Karen Beckwith,Lisa Baldez

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1139471007

Category: Political Science

Page: N.A

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What do we know about women, politics, and democracy in the United States? The last thirty years have witnessed a remarkable increase in women's participation in American politics and an explosion of research on female political actors, and the transformations effected by them, during the same period. Political Women and American Democracy provides a critical synthesis of scholarly research by leading experts in the field. The collected essays examine women as citizens, voters, participants, movement activists, partisans, candidates, and legislators. The authors provide frameworks for understanding and organizing existing scholarship; focus on theoretical, methodological, and empirical debates; and map out productive directions for future research. Political Women and American Democracy is an invaluable resource for scholars and students studying and conducting women and politics research.
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Ordinary Heroes and American Democracy

Author: Gerald M. Pomper

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 9780300130621

Category: Political Science

Page: 301

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"Pomper draws portraits of three heroes from outside the halls of government: Thurlow Weed, who urged the reelection of President Lincoln; Ida Tarbell, whose newspaper articles led to the breakup of the Standard Oil monopoly; and Representative John Lewis, who was a young leader of the civil rights movement."--Jacket.
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Documents of American Democracy

A Collection of Essential Works

Author: Roger L. Kemp

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 0786456744

Category: Political Science

Page: 250

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This reference work presents 27 key documents from the historic origins of the United States government through its subsequent expansion and evolution. The book is divided into five sections, the first of which is an introductory essay about American democracy. Section II includes three documents that laid the foundation for America’s government: the Magna Carta, the 1628 Petition of Right, and England’s Bill of Rights. The third section presents 13 core documents, such as the Mayflower Compact, the Virginia Declaration of Rights, the Articles of Confederation, the U.S. Constitution, and the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Section IV provides 11 documents of America’s territorial expansion, from the Treaty of Paris through the Louisiana Purchase Treaty and the Alaska Treaty and Hawaii Resolution. The final section is an essay about the future of democracy. There are 12 useful appendices.
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Institutions of American Democracy

Author: Paul J. Quirk,Sarah A. Binder

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199883858

Category: Political Science

Page: 624

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The checks and balances provided by the three branches of federal government are essential to nurturing and maintaining American democracy. With the guidance of coeditors Paul J. Quirk and Sarah A. Binder, this collection of essays examines the role of the Legislature in American democracy and the dynamic between the other branches of government, and discusses possible measures for reform. The volume addresses questions such as: How does Congress serve the values of democracy and American constitutional principles? Which conceptions of those values does it implement, and which does it overlook or fail to realize? What are Congress's strengths and weaknesses in performing the tasks of democratic governance? What reforms, if any, are necessary to ensure the health and success of Congress as an institution of democracy in the future?
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American Democracy

From Tocqueville to Town Halls to Twitter

Author: Andrew J. Perrin

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 0745674356

Category: Political Science

Page: 248

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In this groundbreaking book, sociologist Andrew Perrin shows that rules and institutions, while important, are not the core of democracy. Instead, as Alexis de Tocqueville showed in the early years of the American republic, democracy is first and foremost a matter of culture: the shared ideas, practices, and technologies that help individuals combine into publics and achieve representation. Reinterpreting democracy as culture reveals the ways the media, public opinion polling, and changing technologies shape democracy and citizenship. As Perrin shows, the founders of the United States produced a social, cultural, and legal environment fertile for democratic development and in the two centuries since, citizens and publics use that environment and shared culture to re-imagine and extend that democracy. American Democracy provides a fresh, innovative approach to democracy that will change the way readers understand their roles as citizens and participants. Never will you enter a voting booth or answer a poll again without realizing what a truly social act it is. This will be necessary reading for scholars, students, and the public seeking to understand the challenges and opportunities for democratic citizenship from Toqueville to town halls to Twitter.
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John Dewey and American Democracy

Author: Robert B. Westbrook

Publisher: Cornell University Press

ISBN: 9780801481116

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 570

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Robert B. Westbrook reconstructs the evolution of Dewey's thought and practice in this masterful intellectual biography, combining readings of his major works with an engaging account of key chapters in his...
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Problems in American Democracy

Author: Thames Ross Williamson

Publisher: Library of Alexandria

ISBN: 1465554122

Category: Social problems

Page: 586

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Christianity and American Democracy

Author: Hugh Heclo,Mary Jo Bane,Michael Kazin,Alan Wolfe

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 0674032306

Category: Political Science

Page: 299

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Christianity, not religion in general, has been important for American democracy. With this bold thesis, Heclo offers a panoramic view of how Christianity and democracy have shaped each other over the years, and how their relationship is changing in the present day. Responding to his challenging argument, Mary Jo Bane, Michael Kazin, and Alan Wolfe criticize, qualify, and amend it. The result is a lively debate about a momentous tension in American public life.
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The Supreme Court and American Democracy

Case Studies on Judicial Review and Public Policy

Author: Earl E. Pollock

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 0313365253

Category: Law

Page: 419

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Topically arranged casebook of U.S. Supreme Court decisions with extensive commentary dissects the Court's decisions on current "hot-button" national policy issues.
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Political Tolerance and American Democracy

Author: John L. Sullivan,James Piereson,George E. Marcus

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 9780226779928

Category: Philosophy

Page: 288

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This path-breaking book reconceptualizes our understanding of political tolerance as well as of its foundations. Previous studies, the authors contend, overemphasized the role of education in explaining the presence of tolerance, while giving insufficient weight to personality and ideological factors. With an innovative methodology for measuring levels of tolerance more accurately, the authors are able to explain why particular groups are targeted and why tolerance is an inherently political concept. Far from abating, the degree of intolerance in America today is probably as great as it ever was; it is the targets of intolerance that have changed.
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Redeeming American Democracy

Lessons from the Confederate Constitution

Author: N.A

Publisher: Pelican Publishing

ISBN: 9781455611003

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Institutions of American Democracy

Author: Kermit L. Hall,Kevin T. McGuire

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199883742

Category: Political Science

Page: 624

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In recent years the Supreme Court has been at the center of such political issues as abortion rights, the administration of police procedures, and the determination of the 2000 presidential election. The checks and balances provided by the three branches of federal government are essential to nurturing and maintaining American democracy. With the guidance of coeditors Kermit L. Hall and Kevin T. McGuire, this volume of essays examines the role of the Judicial Branch in American democracy and the dynamic between the other branches of government, compares international models, and discusses possible measures for reform. The Judicial Branch considers the impact of courts on American life and addresses such central questions as: Is the Supreme Court an institution of social justice? Is there a case for judicially created and protected social rights? Have the courts become sovereign when interpreting the Constitution? Essays examine topics that include the judiciary in the founding of the nation; turning points in the history of the American judicial system; the separation of powers between the other branches of government; how the Supreme Court resolves political conflicts through legal means; what Americans know about the judiciary and its functions; and whether the American scheme of courts is the best way to support democracy.
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Who Will Tell The People

The Betrayal Of American Democracy

Author: William Greider

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 143912874X

Category: Political Science

Page: 464

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Who Will Tell the People is a passionate, eye-opening challenge to American democracy. Here is a tough-minded exploration of why we're in trouble, starting with the basic issues of who gets heard, who gets ignored, and why. Greider shows us the realities of power in Washington today, uncovering the hidden relationships that link politicians with corporations and the rich, and that subvert the needs of ordinary citizens. How do we put meaning back into public life? Greider shares the stories of some citizens who have managed to crack Washington's "Grand Bazaar" of influence peddling as he reveals the structures designed to thwart them. Without naiveté or cynicism, Greider shows us how the system can still be made to work for the people, and delineates the lines of battle in the struggle to save democracy. By showing us the reality of how the political decisions that shape our lives are made, William Greider explains how we can begin to take control once more.
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Of Empires and Citizens

Pro-American Democracy Or No Democracy at All?

Author: Amaney A. Jamal

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 0691149658

Category: Political Science

Page: 276

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In the post-Cold War era, why has democratization been slow to arrive in the Arab world? This book argues that to understand support for the authoritarian status quo in parts of this region--and the willingness of its citizens to compromise on core democratic principles--one must factor in how a strong U.S. presence and popular anti-Americanism weakens democratic voices. Examining such countries as Jordan, Kuwait, Morocco, Palestine, and Saudi Arabia, Amaney Jamal explores how Arab citizens decide whether to back existing regimes, regime transitions, and democratization projects, and how the global position of Arab states shapes people's attitudes toward their governments. While the Cold War's end reduced superpower hegemony in much of the developing world, the Arab region witnessed an increased security and economic dependence on the United States. As a result, the preferences of the United States matter greatly to middle-class Arab citizens, not just the elite, and citizens will restrain their pursuit of democratization, rationalizing their backing for the status quo because of U.S. geostrategic priorities. Demonstrating how the preferences of an international patron serve as a constraint or an opportunity to push for democracy, Jamal questions bottom-up approaches to democratization, which assume that states are autonomous units in the world order. Jamal contends that even now, with the overthrow of some autocratic Arab regimes, the future course of Arab democratization will be influenced by the perception of American reactions. Concurrently, the United States must address the troubling sources of the region's rising anti-Americanism.
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The Institutions of American Democracy

The Press

Author: Geneva Overholser,Kathleen Hall Jamieson

Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand

ISBN: 0195172833

Category: Political Science

Page: 473

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Examines the role of the press in a democracy, investigating alternative models used throughout world history to understand how the American press has evolved. This work also examines the history, identity, roles, and future of the American press, with an emphasis on topics of concern to both practitioners and consumers of American media.
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Institutions of American Democracy

The Executive Branch

Author: Joel D. Aberbach,Mark A. Peterson

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199883955

Category: Political Science

Page: 640

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The presidency and the agencies of the executive branch are deeply interwoven with other core institutions of American government and politics. While the framers of the Constitution granted power to the president, they likewise imbued the legislative and judicial branches of government with the powers necessary to hold the executive in check. The Executive Branch, edited byJoel D. Aberbach and Mark A. Peterson, examines the delicate and shifting balance among the three branches of government, which is constantly renegotiated as political leaders contend with the public's paradoxical sentiments-yearning for strong executive leadership yet fearing too much executive power, and welcoming the benefits of public programs yet uneasy about, and indeed often distrusting, big government. The Executive Branch, a collection of essays by some of the nation's leading political scientists and public policy scholars, examines the historical emergence and contemporary performance of the presidency and bureaucracy, as well as their respective relationships with the Congress, the courts, political parties, and American federalism. Presidential elections are defining moments for the nation's democracy-by linking citizens directly to their government, elections serve as a mechanism for exercising collective public choice. After the election, however, the work of government begins and involves elected and appointed political leaders at all levels of government, career civil servants, government contractors, interest organizations, the media, and engaged citizens. The essays in this volume delve deeply into the organizations and politics that make the executive branch such a complex and fascinating part of American government. The volume provides an assessment from the past to the present of the role and development of the presidency and executive branch agencies, including analysis of the favorable and problematic strategies, and personal attributes, that presidents have brought to the challenge of leadership. It examines the presidency and the executive agencies both separately and together as they influence-or are influenced by-other major institutions of American government and politics, with close attention to how they relate to civic participation and democracy.
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Eminent Victorians on American Democracy

The View from Albion

Author: Frank Prochaska

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199640610

Category: History

Page: 169

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Surveys a wide range of nineteenth-century British opinion on the United States, significant to them not only because it was the world's most advanced democracy, but also because it was a political experiment that was seen to anticipate the future of Britain.
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