21 Debated

21 Debated : Issues in American Politics

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A supplement to core texts for introductory courses in American Politics and Government, and for courses in Current Issues and Topics in American Politics.Organized to correspond to most American government books and designed to provide instructors with a plethora of discussion topics, this text features 42 recent, pro/con articles on 21 of the most controversial issues in American Politics. Complete with headnotes and discussion questions, the text spurs students to debate issues in class or through research.show more

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  • Paperback | 293 pages
  • 152.4 x 228.6 x 13.5mm | 393.14g
  • Pearson Education (US)
  • Pearson
  • United States
  • English
  • 0130219916
  • 9780130219916

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I. DEMOCRACY AND THE CONSTITUTION. Issue 1: The Constitution. Pro: What Works: The Constitution, Jonathan Schell, Nation. Con: Stop the Celebration: The Case against the Fourth of July, Sebastian Mallaby, New Republic.Issue 2: Direct Democracy. Pro: The Future of Democracy, Economist. Con: The Arguments That Won't Wash Brian Beedham, Economist.II. RIGHTS AND LIBERTIES. Issue 3: Abortion. Pro: Preachers of Hate, Progressive. Con: Dead Reckoning, National Review.Issue 4: Gun Control. Pro: Don't Withhold Treatment on This Epidemic, Kevin Clarke, US Catholic. Con: Extending Brady Background Checks Opposed, Thomas Cole, JAMA.Issue 5: Affirmative Action. Pro: A Place to Stand: Reaffirming Affirmative Action from a Market-Based Perspective, Harry C. Stonecipher, Executive Speeches. Con: Still Haunted By The Ghosts Of Slavery, Andrew Stephen, New Statesman.Issue 6: Sexual Harassment. Pro: Justice Kennedy's Opinion in Burlington Industries, Inc., Petitioner v. Kimberly B. Ellerth, Justice Anthony Kennedy, U.S. Supreme Court. Con: Justice Thomas's Dissent in Burlington Industries, Inc. Petitioner v. Kimberly B. Ellerth, Justice Clarence Thomas, U.S. Supreme Court.III. THE POLITICAL PROCESS. Issue 7: Ideology. Pro: Why I'm Still "Left," Mitchell Cohen, Dissent. Con: The Conservative Manifesto, Pete Dupont, National Review.Issue 8: Political Parties. Pro: Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore, Michael Lind, Mother Jones. Con: A Warming Trend for Third Parties?, Tiffany Danitz, Insight on the News.Issue 9: Campaigns and Elections. Pro: The Long, Stormy Marriage of Money and Politics ... or Why in America Campaign-Finance Reform Never Succeeds, Thomas Fleming, American Heritage. Con: A Republic-If We Can Keep It, Joseph I. Lieberman, Atlantic Monthly.Issue 10: News Media. Pro: The Clinton-Lewinsky Obsession: How the Prwess Made a Scandal of Itself, Todd Gitlin, Washington Monthly. Con: High Crimes & Jerry Springer: ..., Michael Bader, Tikkun.IV. GOVERNMENT INSTITUTIONS. Issue 11: Congress. Pro: Reforming The House: Three Moderately Radical Proposals, Arend Lijphart, PS. Con: If It Ain't Broke Bad, Don't Fix It a Lot, C. Lawrence Evans and Walter J. Oleszek, PS.Issue 12: The Presidency. Pro: What Clinton Hath Wrought, Economist. Con: The Presidency at Risk: We Need a Grown-Up, Wilson Carey McWilliams, Commonwealth.Issue 13: The Judiciary. Pro: Courting Trouble: Only a Frontal Assault on the Power of the Courts Can Restore America's Constitutional Balance, Robert P. George and Ramesh Ponnuru, National Review. Con: One Man's Activist: What Republicans Really Mean When They Condemn Judicial Activism, Herman Schwartz, Washington Monthly.V. ISSUES IN PUBLIC POLICY. Issue 14: Economic Policy. Pro: After Years of Abuse, Americans Deserve a Flat Tax Break Today, Richard K. Armey, Insight On The News. Con: Simple, Efficient, Fair, Or Is It?, William G. Gale, Brookings Review.Issue 15: Regulatory Policy. Pro: Compete, Don't Delete, Bill Gates, Economist. Con: Nationalize Microsoft, John C. Dvorak, PC Magazine.Issue 16: Environment. Pro: Climate Change and Greenhouse Gases. Adopted by Council December 1998, American Geophysical Union. Con: Scientific Research Blows the Cover Of Hard-Gore Ecoalarmists, Patrick J. Michaels, Insight On The News.Issue 17: Social Policy: Welfare. Pro: Surprise! Welfare Reform Is Working, William H. Miller, Industry Week. Con: Welfare Profiteers, Ruth Conniff, Progressive.Issue 18: Social Policy: Bilingual Education. Pro: The Case Against Bilingual Education, Rosalie Pedalino Porter, Atlantic Monthly. Con: Let's Not Say Adios to Bilingual Education, Lourdes Rovira, US Catholic.Issue 19: Education Policy. Pro: Why I Don't Vouch for Vouchers, Barbara Miner, Educational Leadership. Con: Blocking the Exits, Clint Bolick, Policy Review.Issue 20: Health Policy. Pro: The Failure of the Tobacco Legislation: Where Is The Political Leadership?, Steven Goldstone, Vital Speeches. Con: Fact Sheet Smoking; and Statement of John R. Garrison, CEO, American Lung Association.Issue 21: Foreign Policy: Terrorism. Pro: Report on Terrorism, Richard A. Falkenrath. Con: The Terrorism Trap, Richard J. Barnet.show more

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