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The Democratic Debate: An Introduction to American Politics

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The Democratic Debate examines the struggle between the elite and popular models of democracy which, the authors argue, have alternated as the dominant vision in America since its founding. The text uses the standard of popular democracy to examine the United States from anti-federalism to contemporary social movements. Special attention is given to people, famous and othe ...more
Paperback, 576 pages
Published January 9th 2006 by Houghton Mifflin (first published July 1998)
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If I were looking for an American Politics textbook that I most agreed with, this would probably be it. The authors argue for more popular democracy and critique a number of institutions (political, social, and economic) that result in decreased democracy and control for everyday people and increased, unchecked rule by elites. And so, on a personal level, I think this is a fantastic book.

As a teacher, I am not sure that I would want to use this book. Because it is so critical, and because studen
Yes. It's a textbook. lol Keep in mind that I'm a person who cannot seem to make it through any book that is a history book. This book is WONDERFUL. I actually have an earlier edition - I even opted to keep it rather than sell it back to the bookstore if that says anything.
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