Contemporary Readings in American Government

Contemporary Readings in American Government

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For an introductory course in American Government.Unique in its "contemporary readings" approach, this text provides relatively recent, very readable, and interesting analyses of contemporary U.S. government and politics issues in the form of one or two substantial essays on each key topic (e.g., presidency, congress, parties, media, etc.). It establishes the relevance of text material to the political world to which students can relate-making it the ideal supplement to any standard Introduction to American Government text.
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  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 153.4 x 227.6 x 17.5mm | 426.38g
  • Pearson
  • United States
  • English
  • 0130406457
  • 9780130406453

Table of contents

1. Introduction: What Makes the American Polity Unique? (John Kenneth White) (original article). I. INSTITUTIONS. 2. Introduction. 3. The Presidency: John F. Harris, "The Last Chance Presidency," Washington Post Magazine, September 10, 2000. 4. The Vice Presidency: Richard Neustadt, "Training Time: Does It Help to Have Been Vice President?"The New Republic, June 21, 1999. 5. Congress: Richard Fenno, selection from "An Institutional Perspective on the 104th Congress,"Brookings Institution Press. 6. The Courts: Barbara Perry and Henry J. Abraham, "A 'Representative Supreme Court?" Judicature, January-February 1998. 7. George W. Bush et al., Petitioners v. Albert Gore, Jr. et al. (excerpts), December 12, 2000. II. POLITICAL PARTIES AND INTEREST GROUPS. 8. Introduction. 9. Parties: John Kenneth White "The Republican Party and the New Absolutism" (original article). 10. Clyde Wilcox, "Campaign Finance After the 2000 Elections: A New Regime?" (original article). 11. Paul S. Herrnson, "Two Party Dominance and Minor Party Forays in American Politics" (from Herrnson and John C. Green, eds., Multiparty Politics in America Lanham, Maryland: Rowman and Littlefield, 1997). 12. Interest groups. Jeffrey M. Berry, "A Look at Liberalism's Transformation: The Rise of Powerful and Well-Financed Citizen Lobbies,"Washington Post Outlook, July 11, 1999, B3. III. MEDIA AND PUBLIC OPINION. 13. Introduction. 14. The Media: John Maltese, "The Media: The New Media and the Lure of the Clinton Scandal," (from Rozell and Wilcox's The Clinton Scandal and the Future of American Government: Georgetown University Press, 2000). 15. Herbert J. Gans, "What Can Journalists Actually Do for American Democracy" (from Harvard International Journal of Press/Politics Fall 1998. 16. Public Opinion: Michael Schudson, "America's Ignorant Voters,"Wilson Quarterly, Spring 2000. IV. DOMESTIC AND FOREIGN POLICY ISSUES. 17. Introduction. 18. Federalism: President Bill Clinton speech on federalism at Mont Tremblant, Canada. October 8, 1999. 19. Foreign Policy: George W. Bush foreign policy agenda speech at Reagan Library, November 19, 1999. 20. Tax Policy: Richard Armey, "After Years of Abuse, Americans Deserve a Flat-Tax Break Today,"Insight on the News, August 17, 1998. 21. William G. Gale, "Simple, Efficient, Fair. Or Is It?"Brookings Review, Summer 1998. 22. Education: Barbara Minor, "Why I Don't Vouch for Vouchers,"Educational Leadership, October 1998. 23. Clint Bolick, "Blocking the Exits,"Policy Review, May/June 1998. 24. Regulating Tobacco: Steven F. Goldstone, "The Failure of the Tobacco Legislation,"Vital Speeches of the Day, October 1, 1998. 25. "Fact Sheet": Smoking and Statement of John R. Garrison ( V. CULTURE AND POLITICS. 26. Introduction. 27. John C. Green, "Culture Clash: Social Issues in the 2000 Presidential Vote" (original essay). 28. James Davidson Hunter, "New Lines of Conflict," from Culture Wars: The Struggle to Define America, Perseus Books, 1991. 29. Mark J. Rozell, "The Two Sides of the Clinton Legacy" (original essay). 30. Mary Ann Glendon, "Refining the Rhetoric of Rights," from Rights Talk: The Impoverishment of Political Discourse. Simon & Schuster, 1991.
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About Mark J. Rozell

Mark J. Rozell is a Professor of Politics at The Catholic University of America. His previous books include Executive Privilege; Second Coming: The New Christian Right in Virginia Politics (co-written with Clyde Wilcox); Interest Groups in American Campaigns (also co-written with Clyde Wilcox); and The Bush Presidency (co-written with Ryan Barrileaux). John Kenneth White is a Professor of Politics at The Catholic University of America. His latest book is entitled The Values Divide: American Politics and Culture in Transition. Among his previous books are The Politics of Ideas (co-edited with John C. Green); Political Parties in the Information Age (co-written with Daniel M. Shea); Still Seeing Red: How the Cold War Shapes the New American Politics; The New Politics of Old Values; and The Fractured Electorate: Political Parties and Social Change in Southern New England.
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