New American Democracy, The (5th Edition)

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9780321416148: New American Democracy, The (5th Edition)

With an emphasis on elections and their importance in our political system, Morris Fiorina and Paul Peterson's groundbreaking text offers a stimulating, analytical approach to American government that engages students as it gives them a unique understanding of their political system as it exists and functions today. The accessibility of instant public opinion polls, the growing influence of Internet, the ubiquitous nature of the news media, and the increasingly important role of interest groups--all of which Fiorina and Peterson use to demonstrate that America is moving toward a more popular democracy--have blurred the lines between campaigning and governing. Politicians today are constantly engaged in the campaign process--a "permanent campaign"--this has profoundly affected how our government functions today. The fifth edition of this presitgious text has been brought completely up-to-date through the second George W. Bush administration and 2006 midterm elections, includes engaging debate-style readings throughout, and is now available in a unique "Sandbox" format that allows instructors to seamlessly blend text chapters with policy material and/or selections from the "Great Questions in Politics" series.

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The New American Democracy
Morris P. Fiorina Paul E. Peterson Bertram Johnson William G. Mayer

The New American Democracy, 5th Edition, emphasizes the central role of elections in our political system and our evolution from a pluralist to a more popular democracy–and how both have profoundly changed the way American politics operates.

New to the Fifth Edition

  • The addition of a new co-author, William Mayer brings to the book additional expertise and a new perspective on key areas such as media and politics, and public opinion.
  • Expanded coverage! Several important topics, such as the relationship between the president and Congress, campaign finance reform, religious freedom, and globalization have increased in coverage.
  • Completely updated! Includes in-depth discussion of the 2006 midterm campaigns and elections, as well as updated chapter-opening vignettes, examples, data, and references throughout.

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    MyPoliSciLab is a state-of-the-art, interactive and instructive online solution for the introduction to American government course. Designed to be used as a supplement to a traditional lecture course, or completely administer an online course, MyPoliSciLab combines multimedia, tutorials, simulations, tests, and quizzes to make teaching and learning fun!

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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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