One Nation...Indivisible?

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SUNY Press, 2001 - Political Science - 247 pages
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A wake-up call to all Americans, One Nation...Indivisible? urges all informed citizens to take action to protect our fragmenting democratic union. The authors claim that the U. S. has strayed too far from the Founders’ and the Constitution’s vision of federalist government, and that the government—now virtually paralyzed by ideological conflict, partisan extremism, single-issue politics and unprincipled decision-making—is unable to address the people’s issues. Chapman and Colby charge Republican Conservatives with particular, though not exclusive, responsibility for weakening our national government just when we most need its strengths to protect Americans’ freedom and opportunities in a constantly changing world.

 

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Contents

Whats at Stake?
17
A Nation of States Creating the Constitution
21
The Union Challenged
35
Organizing Government in the Twentieth Century
49
Government the Economy and Citizens
71
Whats at Stake?
73
HandsOff Mostly
77
Abiding Issues for Government in a Free Economy
83
Current Debates
147
Reaching the Present Foreign Policy Through the World Wars
163
What Next?
169
Can the Center Hold? A Case in Point Immigration and Immigrants
173
Whats at Stake?
175
Issues in Immigration Policy
185
Bottom Lines Economic and Labor Issues
195
Immigrant Policy Where Are We Now? Why Does It Matter?
205

Your Money How Does Government Spend It?
101
FDRs New Deal and the Fortunes of Capitalism Reconsidered
107
The Clinton Years
111
Government and the Global Economy New Questions
119
Foreign Policy The Indispensable Nation?
131
Whats at Stake?
133
The United States and Globalization
137
California and Beyond
211
Conclusion
221
Endnotes
227
References
235
Index
241
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Sara S. Chapman, former President of The Sage Colleges, wrote this book during her terms as Visiting Research Scholar in the Harvard University Graduate School of Education and as a Fellow in the Radcliffe Public Policy Institute. She is the author of Henry James's Portrait of the Artist as a Hero.

Ursula S. Colby is former Academic Dean of Russell Sage College.