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Critical Readings in American Politics



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Voices of Dissent: Critical Readings in American Politics by William F. Grover
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This distinctive reader is the only collection of truly critical readings on American government available. Its approach goes far beyond the mainstream debate between liberalism and conservatism to fundamentally challenge the status quo, stimulating reconsideration about what are sometimes assumed to be "givens" within the American system.

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*selections new to this edition Contents Preface Introduction: Why a Critical Reader? PART I: STRUCTURE Chapter 1: Democracy and Political Economy 1. Jim Hightower, "This Land is Your Land" *2. Susan George, "A Short History of Neo-liberalism" 3. Dan Clawson, Alan Neustadtl, Mark Weller, "Why Does the Air Stink? Corporate Power and Public Policy" 4. John Bellamy Foster, "Global Ecology and the Common Good" Chapter 2: Ideology and Political Culture 5. Jennifer L. Hochschild, "What is the American Dream" 6. Robert N. Bellah, Richard Madsen, William M. Sullivan, Ann Swidler, and Steven M. Tipton, "Liberal Individualism and the Crisis of Citizenship" *7. Michelle Goldberg, "Kingdom Coming: Resisting the Power of the Christian Right" 8. Robert Jensen, "The Greatest Nation on Earth" Chapter 3: Constitutional and State Structures 9. Joshua Cohen and Joel Rogers, "American Exceptionalism and the Politics of Fragmentation" 10. Kenneth M. Dolbeare and Linda Medcalf, "The Dark Side of the Constitution" *11. Brooke Allen, "Our Godless Constitution" 12. Howard Zinn, "Some Truths are not Self-Evident" PART II: Politics and Institutions Chapter 4: Mass Media and Politics 13. Robert W. McChesney and John Nichols, "It's the Media, Stupid" 14. W. Lance Bennett, "News Content and Illusion: Four Information Biases That Matter" *15. Norman Solomon, "The Military-Industrial-Media Complex" *16. Bill Moyers, "Take Public Broadcasting Back" Chapter 5: Parties and Elections *17. Thomas Frank, "What's the Matter with America?" *18. FairVote, "The Shrinking Electoral Battleground" 19. Arlie Hochschild, "Let Them Eat War" 20. Lani Guinier, "After the Deluge: Electoral Reform in the Wake of the Election of 2000" Chapter 6: Congress 21. John C. Berg, "Congress and Big Business" 22. Common Cause, "Democracy on Drugs: How a Bill Really Becomes Law" *23. Matt Taibbi, "Four Amendments and a Funeral: Inside the House of Horrors that is Congress" *24. William F. Grover and Patricia Siplon, "Congressional Inertia: Iron Triangles Old and New" Chapter 7: The Presidency: 25. Michael A. Genovese, "The Limits of Presidential Power" 26. Bruce Miroff, "The Presidential Spectacle" *27. Jennifer Van Bergen, "The 'Unitary Executive' and the Threat to Democratic Government" *28. Joseph G. Peschek, "George W. Bush's Imperial Presidency" Chapter 8: Law and the Courts 29. Carl Swidorski, "Corporations, the Law, and Democracy" *30. Mark Tushnet, "Democracy Versus Judicial Review" 31. Patricia J. Williams, "This Dangerous Patriot's Game" 32. R. Claire Snyder, "Neo-Patriarchy and the Anti-Homosexual Agenda" PART III: Politics and Vision Chapter 9: Political Challenges at Home and Abroad *33. Paul Krugman, "The Tax-Cut Con" 34. Barbara Ehrenreich, "Doing it for Ourselves: Can Feminism Survive Class Polarization?" 35. Brian Gilmore, "Black America and the Dilemma of Patriotism" 36. Chalmers Johnson, "Sorrows of Empire" Chapter 10: Visions of a New Democracy 37. Martin Luther King, Jr., "Letter From Birmingham Jail" 38. Naomi Klein, "Reclaiming the Commons" *39. Steven Hill, "Ten Steps to Improve Our Democracy" *40. Jared Bernstein, "All Together Now: Common Sense for a Fair Economy" Resources for Further Study Appendix The Declaration of Independence The Constitution of the United States The Federalist No. 10
Release date NZ
July 26th, 2007
Country of Publication
United States
7th Revised edition
Longman Inc
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