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Freethinkers: A History of American Secularism
A History of American Secularism
Hardcover      ISBN: 0805074422
Chronicles two centuries of secularism in the United States, exploring this rich thread in American life and history and speculating on its continual role in society.
The Federalist Papers
The Federalist Papers
Paperback      ISBN: 0553213407
Three early American statesmen defend the political principles and ideologies set forth in the Constitution of the United States, in a new edition of the classic, first publishd in 1787 to encourage voters to ratify the proposed U.S. Constitution, in a volume that includes a complete text of the Contitution and Madison's original margin notations. Reissue.
Vicious Cycle: Presidential Decision Making in the American Political Economy
Vicious Cycle
Presidential Decision Making in the American Political Economy
Hardcover      ISBN: 1585441422
American presidents enter office ready to enact a policy-making agenda that will satisfy partisan interests and facilitate reelection to a second term. Economic circumstances, however, may catch presidents in a vicious cycle of economic growth and inflation versus recession and unemployment. Faced with a public that assigns to the chief executive responsibility for the nation's economic health, presidents are often forced by the dynamics of this cycle to make tradeoffs between pursuit of political objectives and stabilization of the economy. Vicious Cycle: Presidential Decision Making in the American Political Economy examines the strategic calculus that drives presidential acceptance of these decision-making tradeoffs. It provides a theoretical framework for explaining how presidents pursue partisan and electoral objectives in office, while simultaneously managing the nation's economy within the constraints of a complex institutional environment. With an approach that bridges several literatures in presidential studies and political economy, Constantine J. Spiliotes develops an econometric model of postwar presidential decision making in the American political economy and employs its insights to explicate the empirical dynamics of economic decision making in four presidencies. The extensively documented studies—Presidents Eisenhower, Johnson, Carter, and Reagan—offer variation across several analytic dimensions: temporal, partisan, electoral, and institutional. Spiliotes concludes that presidential acceptance of decision-making tradeoffs between the pursuit of political objectives and the imperatives of institutional responsibility is driven by a transformation in the nature of the American presidency, from an office in which decision making is anchored in partisan accountability to one in which decision making is constrained by the chief executive's institutional mission. Spiliotes's work will contribute to a fuller understanding of the presidency, political economy, and the methodologies that elucidate them.
The Logical Foundations of Constitutional Liberty: The Collected Works of James M. Buchanan
The Logical Foundations of Constitutional Liberty
The Collected Works of James M. Buchanan
Paperback      ISBN: 0865972141
The thirty-one papers presented in this volume offer scholars and general readers alike a comprehensive introduction to the work of one of the greatest economists of the modern era. Many of Buchanan
Pigs at the Trough: How Corporate Greed and Political Corruption Are Undermining America
Pigs at the Trough
How Corporate Greed and Political Corruption Are Undermining America
Paperback      ISBN: 1400051266
A critical account of American corporate and political corruption profiles top business leaders, identifies fraudulent activities and questionable bookkeeping practices, and describes the consequences of corporate greed and political shenanigans on America. Reprint. 75,000 first printing.
Political Fictions
Political Fictions
Paperback      ISBN: 0375718907
A compilation of political essays originally written for "The New York Review of Books" from 1988 to 2000 explores the nature of American politics and political figures and the role of the media in transforming the American political landscape.
Fear and Loathing in George W. Bush's Washington
Fear and Loathing in George W. Bush's Washington
Paperback      ISBN: 1590171284
Many Democrats in the Senate are fearful of George W. Bush and "his unscrupulous political strategist, Karl Rove," writes Elizabeth Drew. The House, meanwhile, is run by Republican Whip Tom DeLay, "the mean-spirited partisan from Texas" who has polarized the chamber along party lines. How did we get to this point under a president who ran on a promise to unite rather than divide, and how has our government been affected? Elizabeth Drew's answers to these questions begin by exposing the cynicism of the Bush presidential campaign, orchestrated by Rove. She also reveals the deep division between the neocons in the Defense Department and the realists in the State Department. The controversy between the two camps, she finds, has "brought out bitterness and knife-wielding of a sort that Washington has seldom seen." The result, she concludes, is that "the increasing unwillingness to compromise is not only blocking legislation but, it is not overdramatic to say, is subverting fundamental concepts of democracy." Russell Baker in his preface writes: "In Washington an age of moral and philosophical sterility is deeply entrenched, and as Elizabeth Drew's reporting attests, the result is not pretty .... Since [the end of the cold war] government has seemed to be mostly about raising money to get elected, and then reelected repeatedly in order to service those who put up the money. There is no moral urgency in it, no philosophical imperative at work."
Don't Think Of An Elephant!: Know Your Values And Frame The Debate
Don't Think Of An Elephant!
Know Your Values And Frame The Debate
Paperback      ISBN: 1931498717
Offers a handbook for understanding the key issues in the 2004 election and beyond, discussing how progressives need to look at issues to counter conservative arguments.
Crossing The Rubicon: The Decline Of The American Empire At The End Of The Age Of Oil
Crossing The Rubicon
The Decline Of The American Empire At The End Of The Age Of Oil
Paperback      ISBN: 0865715408
In reality, 9/11 and the resulting 'War on Terror' are parts of a massive authoritarian response to an emerging economic crisis of unprecedented scale.
America's Constitution: A Biography
America's Constitution
A Biography
Hardcover      ISBN: 1400062624
A Yale Law School professor offers a thought-provoking analysis of the history and tenets of the U.S. Constitution, detailing the original intent of the creators of the document, answering questions about the text, and critically assessing the evolution of the Bill of Rights and all other amendments. 25,000 first printing.