The Enduring Debate
Classic and Contemporary Readings in American Politics
Note: Items in bold are new.
Part I The Constitutional System
Chapter 1. Political Culture
- Louis Hartz, from The Liberal Tradition in America: An Interpretation of American Political Thought Since the Revolution
- Gordon S. Wood, from The Creation of the American Republic 1776-1787
- Rogers M. Smith, "Beyond Tocqueville, Myrdal, and Hartz: The Multiple Traditions in America"
Debating the Issues: What Does It Mean to Be an American?
- Sarah Song, "What Does It Mean to Be an American?"
- Steven M. Warshawsky, "What Does It Mean to Be an American?"
- Daniel J. Elazar, "The Three Political Cultures"
Chapter 2. The Founding and the Constitution
- Michael Kammen, "The Nature of American Constitutionalism"
- Alexander Hamilton, The Federalist No 15.
- James Madison, The Federalist No. 51
Debating the Issues: How Democratic Is the Constitution?
- Eric Lane and Michael Oreskes, from The Genius of America: How the Constitution Saved Our Country-and Why It Can Again
- Sanford Levinson, from Our Undemocratic Constitution: Where the Constitution Goes Wrong (and How We the People Can Save It)
Chapter 3. Federalism
- James Madison, Federalist No. 46
- Paul Peterson, "The Price of Early Federalism"
- George J. Annas, "Jumping Frogs, Endangered Toads, and California's Medical Marijuana Law"
Debating the Issues: Nullifying Health Care Reform
- Arizona House Concurrent Resolution 2014, "A Constitutional Amendment Relating to Health Care Services"
- Clint Bolick, "Health Care Freedom Act Q and A"
- Sean Wilentz, "States of Anarchy: America's Long, Sordid Affair with Nullification"
- Timothy S. Jost, "Can the States Nullify Health Care Reform?"
Chapter 4. Civil Liberties and Civil Rights
- Abraham Lincoln, "The Perpetuation of Our Political Institutions"
- Martin Luther King Jr., "Letter from Birmingham Jail"
- Jonathan Rauch, "In Defense of Prejudice"
Debating the Issues: Corporate Spending in Campaigns and the First Amendment
- Ronald Dworkin, "The Decision That Threatens Democracy"
- Bradley A. Smith, "Citizens United We Stand"
Part II Institutions
Chapter 5. Congress
- Edmund Burke, Speech to the Electors of Bristol, Nov. 3, 1774
- David Mayhew, from Congress: The Electoral Connection
- John R. Hibbing and Elizabeth Theiss-Morse, "Too Much of a Good Thing: More Representation Is Not Necessarily Better"
Debating the Issues: Pork Barrel Politics
- Cato Handbook for Policymakers, "Corporate Welfare and Earmarks"
- 2010 Pig Book Summary, Citizens Against Government Waste
- Brian Friel, "Inhofe: Earmarks Are Good For Us"
- Jonathan Rauch, "Earmarks Are a Model, Not a Menace"
Chapter 6. The Presidency
- Richard Neustadt, "The Power to Persuade"
- Charles O. Jones, "Perspectives on the Presidency"
Debating the Issues: Is Obama a Transformational President?
- David Greenberg, "The Honeymooners"
- Katrina Vanden Heuvel and Robert L. Borosage, "Change Won't Come Easy"
- Richard Lowry and Ramesh Ponnuru, "An Exceptional Debate"
Chapter 7. Bureaucracy
- Woodrow Wilson, "The Study of Administration"
- James Q. Wilson, from Bureaucracy: What Government Agencies Do and Why They Do It
Debating the Issues: Policy Czars and Presidential Control of the Bureaucracy
- James P. Pfiffner, "Presidential Use of White House 'Czars,'" testimony before the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, Oct. 22, 2009
- Matthew Spalding, "Examining the History and Legality of Executive Branch Czars," testimony before the Senate Committee on the Judiciary, Oct. 8, 2009
- Winter Casey, et al., "Will Army of Czars March or Meander?"
Chapter 8. The Judiciary
- Alexander Hamilton, The Federalist No. 78
- David O'Brien, "The Court in American Life"
- Leon Friedman, "Overruling the Court"
Debating the Issues: Interpreting the Constitution: Originalism or a Living Constitution?
- Antonin Scalia, "Common-Law Courts in a Civil-Law System: The Role of United States Federal Courts in Interpreting the Constitution and Laws"
- Stephen Breyer, "Our Democratic Constitution"
Part III Political Behavior: Participation
Chapter 9. Public Opinion and the Media
- George Gallup, "Polling the Public"
- Richard Morin, "Choice Words: If You Can't Understand Our Poll Questions, Then How Can We Understand Your Answers?"
- Markus Prior, "News vs. Entertainment: How Increasing Media Choice Widens Gaps in Political Knowledge and Turnout"
Debating the Issues: The Future of Political Journalism
- Tom Price, "Future of Journalism"
- Paul Starr, "Goodbye to the Age of Newspapers (Hello to a New Era of Corruption)"
- James Fallows, "How to Save the News"
Chapter 10. Elections and Voting
- V. O. Key Jr., "The Voice of the People: An Echo"
- Richard D. Parker, "Power to the Voters"
- Louis Menand, "The Unpolitical Animal: How Political Science Understands Voters"
Debating the Issues: Voter Identification
- Chandler Davidson, "The Historical Context of Voter Photo-ID Laws"
- Hans von Spakovsky, "Requiring Identification by Voters," Testimony before the Texas Senate, Mar. 10, 2009
- Edward B. Foley, "Is There a Middle Ground in the Voter ID Debate?"
Chapter 11. Political Parties
- Morris P. Fiorina, "The Decline of Collective Responsibility in American Politics"
- Gerald M. Pomper, "Parliamentary Government in the United States?"
Debating the Issues: Red versus Blue America-Are We Polarized?
- Morris P. Fiorina, "What Culture Wars? Debunking the Myth of a Polarized America"
- James Q. Wilson and Morris P. Fiorina's Response, "How Divided Are We?"
- John B. Judis, "Tea Minus Zero"
Chapter 12. Groups and Interests
- Alexis de Tocqueville, "Political Association in the United States"
- Mancur Olson, "The Logic of Collective Action"
- Theda Skocpol, "Associations Without Members"
Debating the Issues: Was Madison Right?
- David Truman, "The Alleged Mischiefs of Faction"
- E. E. Schattschneider, "A Critique of Group Theories of Politics"
- Jonathan Rauch, "The Hyperpluralism Trap"
Part IV Public Policy
Chapter 13. Politics and Policy
- Charles E. Lindblom, "The Science of Muddling Through"
- Theodore J. Lowi, "American Business, Public Policy, Case Studies, and Political Theory"
Debating the Issues: Global Warming
- Bill Mckibben, "Climate Change"
- Bjorn Lomborg, "Mr. Gore: Your Solution to Global Warming Is Wrong"
Chapter 14. Government and the Economy
- Franklin Roosevelt, "Call for Responsibility"
- Herbert Hoover, "Against the Proposed New Deal"
- Jon Gertner, "The Rise and Fall of the GDP"
Debating the Issues: Bailing Out Wall Street
- Matt Taibbi, "Wall Street's Bailout Hustle"
- Timothy Geithner, Testimony before the Congressional Oversight Panel, Dec. 10, 2009
Chapter 15. Government and Society
- Gary Burtless, "Growing American Inequality: Sources and Remedies"
- Jonathan Rauch, "Objections to These Unions"
- David C. John, "Providing Social Security Benefits in the Future: A Review of the Social Security System and Plans to Reform It"
Debating the Issues: Health Care Reform
- Barack Obama, Congressional Address on Health Care Reform, Sept. 10, 2009
- Marilyn Werber Serafini, "Grading Health Reform: Experts Assess Whether the Bill Delivers on Its Promises"
- Yuval Levin, "Repeal: Why and How Obamacare Must Be Undone"
Chapter 16. Foreign Policy
- George Soros, "The Age of Open Society"
- Peter Sutherland, "Reality Check"
Debating the Issues: What Direction for National Security?
- George W. Bush, The National Security Strategy of the United States, Sept. 2003
- Barack Obama, The National Security Strategy of the United States, June 2010