Authors:Rosalee A. Clawson, Zoe M. Oxley,
Publisher: CQ Pre
Keywords: democratic, practice, ideals, public, opinion
Number of Pages: 350
Published: 2008-02-01
List price: $59.95
ISBN-10: 0872893049
ISBN-13: 9780872893047

Our national obsession with opinion polls reflects an assumption that what people think and believe matters. But does it? Do citizens endorse the basic principles of a democratic system? How much knowledge should they have? And do they organize their political thinking? In a new introductory text for public opinion courses, Clawson and Oxley clearly and systematically link these enduring normative questions of democratic theory to the existing empirical research on public opinion to explore the tension between those ideals and their practice. After introducing these normative debates, the auth

Author: Anthony E. Fairfax
Publisher: MediaChannel, LLC
Keywords: democratic, president, vote, phenomena, trend, predictability
Number of Pages: 164
Published: 2005-10-20
List price: $14.95
ISBN-10: 0975254618
ISBN-13: 9780975254615

The Democratic Trend Phenomena discusses a unique and virtually unknown phenomenon pertaining to the popular vote for the Democratic candidate for president. The author, Anthony E. Fairfax, brings to light compelling evidence that the popular vote for the Democratic candidate for president has trended in a predictable pattern since 1980. If the election of 1976 is disregarded the trend is revealed to actually begin in 1972.

Author: Alan Gilbert
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Keywords: democratic, peace, internationalism, realism, power, politics, constrain, democracy, global
Number of Pages: 256
Published: 1999-08-16
List price: $33.95
ISBN-10: 0691001820
ISBN-13: 9780691001821

As each power vies for its national interests on the world stage, how do its own citizens’ democratic interests fare at home? Alan Gilbert speaks to an issue at the heart of current international-relations debate. He contends that, in spite of neo-realists’ assumptions, a vocal citizen democracy can and must have a role in global politics. Further, he shows that all the major versions of realism and neo-realism, if properly stated with a view of the national interest as a common good, surprisingly lead to democracy. His most striking example focuses on realist criticisms of the Vie

Authors:Victor Bekkers, Geske Dijkstra, Arthur Edwards, Menno
Publisher: Ashgate Publishing
Keywords: governance, democratic, practices, legitimacy, deficit, assessing
Number of Pages: 319
Published: 2007-07-23
List price: $114.95
ISBN-10: 0754649830
ISBN-13: 9780754649830

It is widely acknowledged that we are witnessing a major transformation of public policymaking, a transformation which has been labeled as a change from ’government’ to ’governance’. Governance is used to describe policymaking and implementation without a central authority in a non-hierarchical, network like structure through negotiation and cooperation between public and private actors at one or across different political levels. In particular, the volume: combines empirical analysis and normative assessment of governance practices; provides a systematic approach based

Author: Wayne S
Publisher: CQ Press
Keywords: election, democratic, way
Number of Pages: 239
Published: 2007-02-06
List price: $28.95
ISBN-10: 0872894053
ISBN-13: 9780872894051

Written by well known presidency scholar, Stephen Wayne, this brief text offers an overview of major issues concerning electoral politics and suggests ways to close the gap between democratic theory and political practice. Key topics include political participation, the role of money, the importance of political parties, and the role of the media. Updated discussion includes controversies that arose from the 2000 Presidential election, such as voter turnout, representational bias, voting irregularities, the role of special interest groups, soft money and the campaign finance reform debate, and

Author: Jon A. Shield
Publisher: Princeton University Pre
Keywords: right, christian, virtues, democratic
Number of Pages: 216
Published: 2009-02-22
List price: $29.95
ISBN-10: 0691137404
ISBN-13: 9780691137407

The Christian Right is frequently accused of threatening democratic values. But in The Democratic Virtues of the Christian Right, Jon Shields argues that religious conservatives have in fact dramatically increased and improved democratic participation and that they are far more civil and reasonable than is commonly believed. Shields interviewed leaders of more than thirty Christian Right organizations, observed movement activists in six American cities, and analyzed a wide variety of survey data and movement media. His conclusions are surprising: the Christian Right has reinvigorated American

Author: Robert D. Beh
Publisher: Brookings Institution Pre
Keywords: accountability, democratic, rethinking
Number of Pages: 317
Published: 2001-02-01
List price: $49.95
ISBN-10: 0815708629
ISBN-13: 9780815708629

Traditionally, American government has created detailed, formal procedures to ensure that its agencies and employees are accountable for finances and fairness. Now in the interest of improved performance, we are asking our front-line workers to be more responsive, we are urging our middle managers to be innovative, and we are exhorting our public executives to be entrepreneurial. Yet what is the theory of democratic accountability that empowers public employees to exercise such discretion while still ensuring that we remain a government of laws? How can government be responsive to the needs of
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