The Struggle for Democracy

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The most distinctive and intelligent introductory text in American government today, The Struggle for Democracy, now in its third edition, provides an even more accessible and inviting springboard for learning the enduring and conceptual heart of this course - the meaning and value of democracy. The goals of this book are to provide the tools with which to think critically about democracy and to examine and evaluate the American political system. With a definition of democracy introduced early in the book, students will learn how to measure the health and vitality of democracy in the United States. In addition to this evaluative theme, the authors employ a dramatic narrative theme of the struggle for democracy, which stresses that the advance of democracy in the United States is a product of a series of small victories won over the years by ordinary Americans, and that further progress depends on the continuing struggle for democracy.

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-x, Greenberg, Edward S. and Page, Benjamin I., The Struggle for Democracy, 5th Edition Hardcover*\ /*0-321-05274-9, Greenberg, Edward S. and Page, Benjamin I., The Struggle for Democracy, 5th Edition, Softcover*\ This substantial revision represents a return to The Struggle for Democracy's original mission: to provide a critical thinking introduction to American government. Organized around two principal themes. First Using the Frameqork asks readers to evaluate the health and vitality of American democracy today against a carefully defined democratic ideal. The books second theme, Using the Framework, asks readers to look at the structures underlying our political system-the economy, society, cultural values, technology-and examine how these structures affect, and are affected by, our political system. For those interested in American government.

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Edward S. Greenberg is a Professor of Political Science and a Research Professor of Behavioral Science at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Ed s research and teaching interests include American government and politics, domestic and global political economy, and democratic theory and practice, with a special emphasis on workplace issues. He has just completed a multi-year, longitudinal panel study, funded by the NIH, that examines the impact of corporate restructuring on employees. Benjamin I. Page is the Gordon S. Fulcher Professor of Decision Making at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. Ben s interests include public opinion and policy making, the mass media, empirical democratic theory, political economy, policy formation, the presidency, and American foreign policy. He is currently engaged in a large collaborative project to study Economically Successful Americans and the Common Good."

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