With an emphasis on elections and their importance in the American political system, this groundbreaking offers a stimulating, analytical approach to American government and a unique perspective on contemporary politics.
Noted scholars and teachers all, the authors propose in their text that politicians today are perpetually engaged in the election process—a “permanent campaign”—which has profoundly affected how our government functions today. The proliferation of public opinion polls, the growing influence of the Internet, the ubiquitous nature of the news media, and the increasingly important role of interest groups–all demonstrate that America is moving toward a more popular democracy and have blurred the lines between politicians campaigning and governing.
The sixth edition of this prestigious text will have been brought completely up-to-date through the end of the George W. Bush administration and 2008 Presidential Election, by its publication.
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Written by THE names in American politics, this book is a thorough introduction to American Government. The New American Democracy covers all the standard topics-the Constitution, federalism, Congress, the presidency, public policy-but does so offering a rich electoral perspective. In addition to showing the new, increasingly important role of elections in American democracy, the book's vision includes a strong comparative dimension, with references to international governments throughout. Those involved in American government-would-be politicians, lawyers, teachers.About the Author:
Morris P. Fiorina is Professor of Political Science and Senior Fellow of the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. He has published numerous books, including Representatives, Rolls, and Constituencies; Congress — Keystone of the Washington Establishment; and most recently Culture War: The Myth of a Polarized America. Fiorina has served on the editorial boards of a dozen journals in the field of political science, economics, law, and public policy, and he is a member of the National Academy of Sciences.
Paul E. Peterson is the Henry Lee Shattuck Professor of Government and Director of the Center for American Political Studies at Harvard University. He received the Woodrow Wilson Award from the American Political Science Association for his book City Limits, and the Aaron Wildavsky Award for the best book on public policy for his The Price of Federalism. Peterson is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Bert Johnson is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Middlebury College. He received his B.A. from Carleton College and his Ph.D. from Harvard University. Johnson has written on federalism, intergovernmental relations, and campaign finance.
William G. Mayer is an Associate Professor of Political Science at Northeastern University. He has authored numerous publications, including In Pursuit of the White House 2000: How We Choose Our Presidential Nominees, "Mass Partisanship, 1946-1996," and Divided Democrats: Ideological Unity, Party Reform, and Presidential Elections. Mayer’s areas of study include American politics, public opinion, and the media.
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