America's democratic republic

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Pearson Longman, Dec 21, 2006 - Political Science - 592 pages
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Written in a lively, narrative style and presenting a provocative point-of-view, this book gets to the heart of Americans' frustrations with our government. Acknowledging that cynicism tends to make people withdraw from civic life, this book examines why our government can seem so unsatisfactory, identifying the heart of the American political system: strong democratic aspirations among our citizens clashing with the republican constitutional foundations on which the country is based.DEMOCRATIC ASPIRATIONS, REPUBLICAN CONSTITUTIONAL FOUNDATIONS; POLITICAL INSTITUTIONS: A HELP OR HINDRANCE TO DEMOCRACY?; GOVERNMENT INSTITUTIONS; WHAT GOVERNMENT DOES: PUBLIC POLICIES.Anyone interested in understanding our government and why Americans are cynical about government.

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Edward S. Greenberg is Professor (Ph.D. University of Wisconsin, 1967) of Political Science at the University of Colorado. He has served as the Chair of the Department, and is presently Director of the Research Program on Political and Economic Change at the Institute of Behavioral Science. Greenberg's research and teaching interests include American politics, political economy, and democratic theory and practice, with a special emphasis on workplace issues. He is the author of many articles in professional journals in these specialties. He also is the author of several books including: "The American Political System (5th edition, 1989), "Capitalism and the American Political Ideal (1985), "Workplace Democracy (1986), and "Serving the Few (1974); and the editor of "Black Politics (1971), "Political Socialization (1972), "State Change (1990), and "War and Its Consequences (1994). Greenberg has been the recipient of three major grants from the National Science Foundation and two from the National Institutes of Health. He is now engaged in a research project funded by the NIH that examines the impact of corporate restructuring on employees, including their social and political lives.

Benjamin I. Page (Ph D, Stanford University; JD, Harvard Law School) is Gordon S. Fulcher Professor of Decision Making and Faculty Associate, Institute for Policy Research at Northwestern University. Page'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 author of a number of articles, including "Effects of Public Opinion on Policy" and "What Moves Public Opinion,"both in the American Political Science Review, and of seven books, including "The Rational Public: Fifty Years of Trends in Americans'' Policy Preferences (with Robert Shapiro, University of Chicago Press, 1992), "Who Deliberates? Mass Media in Modern Democracy (University of Chicago Press, 1996) and "What Government Can Do: Dealing with Poverty and Inequality (with James Simmons, University of Chicago Press, 2000). He is currently studying the mass media, the role of international law in American foreign policy, and public policy and inequality in the context of globalization.

Benjamin I. Page, the Gordon Scott Fulcher Professor of Decision Making at Northwestern University, is the author of several books, including "Who Gets What From Government," Robert Y. Shapiro is associate professor of political science at Columbia University.