author photo

Photo by Will Kirk



Benjamin Ginsberg

Benjamin Ginsberg is the David Bernstein Professor of Political Science and Chair of the Center for Advanced Governmental Studies at the Johns Hopkins University. He is the author or coauthor of 25 books, including Presidential Power: Unchecked and Unbalanced; Downsizing Democracy: How America Sidelined Its Citizens and Privatized Its Public; Politics by Other Means; The Consequences of Consent; The Worth of War; and The Captive Public. Ginsberg received his PhD from the University of Chicago in 1973. Before joining the Hopkins faculty in 1992, Ginsberg was Professor of Government at Cornell. His most recent books are The Fall of the Faculty: The Rise of the All-Administrative University and Why It Matters; What the Government Thinks of the People; and Analytics, Policy and Governance.

Books by Benjamin Ginsberg

  1. Book CoverAmerican Government: Power and Purpose

    Fourteenth Full Edition

    Connects current political science to the core topics in American politics.More

  2. Book CoverAmerican Government: Power and Purpose

    Fourteenth Core Edition

    Connects current political science to the core topics in American politics.More

  3. Book CoverAmerican Government: Power and Purpose

    Brief Fourteenth Edition

    The brief text that gets students thinking analytically.More

  4. Book CoverA Guide to the United States Constitution

    Third Edition

    A Guide to the United States Constitution, Third Edition, takes readers through every section of the Constitution and its twenty-seven amendments.More

  5. Book CoverPolitics by Other Means: Politicians, Prosecutors, and the Press from Watergate to Whitewater

    Third Edition

    As scandals increasingly dominate the political agenda, Benjamin Ginsberg and Martin Shefter argue in this illuminating book, the United States is entering an era of postelectoral politics, with media revelations, congressional investigations, and judicial proceedings replacing elections as the primary tools of political competition.More

  6. Book CoverPresidential Power: Unchecked & Unbalanced

    College Edition

    A new history and evaluation of the "imperial presidency."More

  7. Book CoverPresidential Power: Unchecked & Unbalanced


    A new history and evaluation of the "imperial presidency."More

  8. Book CoverWe the People

    Eleventh Core Edition

    Politics is relevant and participation matters.More

  9. Book CoverWe the People

    Eleventh Edition

    Politics is relevant and participation matters.More

  10. Book CoverWe the People

    Eleventh Essentials Edition

    Politics is relevant and participation matters.More

  11. Book CoverWe the People

    Eleventh High School Edition

    Politics is relevant and participation matters.More

  12. Book CoverWe the People: An Introduction to American Politics

    Ninth Texas Edition

    Politics is relevant.More