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  • Ambition in Americaby Jeffrey A. Becker

    The University Press of Kentucky 2014; US$ 50.00

    Most Americans admire the determination and drive of artists, athletes, and CEOs, but they seem to despise similar ambition in their elected officials. The structure of political representation and the separation of powers detailed in the United States Constitution were intended to restrain self-interested ambition. Because not all citizens have a... more...

  • Talking Politics?by Sheila Suess Kennedy

    Georgetown University Press 2014; US$ 4.95

    Honest, objective, and informed political debates are all too rare in today?s polarized and partisan climate. Public policy is increasingly driven by ideology while political spin, distortions, and even demonizing opponents by disseminating outright lies are routine practice from Washington to the local city council. Super-heated and hyper-partisan... more...

  • Click On Democracyby Grant Reeher; Steve Davis; Larry Elin

    Westview Press 2009; US$ 29.99

    Click on Democracy examines the first national election in which the Internet played a major role. The contributors argue that the Internet's most profound political impact on Election 2000 has largely been missed or underestimated. The reason: the difference it made was more social than electoral, more about building political communities than... more...

  • American Exceptionalism and the Remains of Raceby Edmund Fong

    Taylor and Francis 2014; US$ 140.00

    In contemporary American political culture, claims of American exceptionalism and anxieties over its prospects have resurged as an overarching theme in national political discourse. Yet never very far from such debates lie animating fears associated with race. Fears about the loss of national unity and trust often draw attention to looming changes... more...

  • Democracy, Participation and Contestationby Emmanuelle Avril; Johann N Neem

    Taylor and Francis 2014; US$ 145.00

    The establishment of democracy on both sides of the Atlantic has not been a smooth evolution towards an idealized presumed endpoint. Far from it, democratization has been marked by setbacks and victories, a process often referred to as ?contested democracy?. In view of recent mobilizations such as the Arab Spring and the Occupy movement, in which... more...

  • City of Rivalsby Jason Grumet; Bob Senator Dole; Tom Senator Daschle

    Lyons Press 2014; US$ 24.99

    Forty years ago the Watergate scandal deeply wounded Americans? faith in government. Since then, good-government reformers and big-government opponents have been on a shared mission to make everything transparent. The problem is that too much light is scaring Congressmen away from making the tough choices necessary to govern in the national interest.... more...

  • Do-It-Yourself Democracy: The Rise of the Public Engagement Industryby Caroline W. Lee

    Oxford University Press 2014; US$ 19.99

    Citizen participation has undergone a radical shift since anxieties about "bowling alone" seized the nation in the 1990s. Many pundits and observers have cheered America's twenty-first century civic renaissance-an explosion of participatory innovations in public life. Invitations to "have your say!" and "join the discussion!"... more...

  • Government is Us 2.0by Cheryl Simrell King

    Taylor and Francis 2014; US$ 44.95

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  • Electoral Culturesby Georgiana Banita; Sascha Pöhlmann

    Universitätsverlag Winter 2015; US$ 42.94

    Presidential elections are essential to US culture, shaping the nation?s stability and global influence. This volume is the first to establish an interdisciplinary platform for a broad investigation of election mechanics and legacies. Historians, political scientists, literary scholars, and cultural theorists shed light on the narratives of election... more...

  • Wie kommuniziert man Legitimation?by Astrid von Schlachta; Ellinor Forster; Kordula Schnegg

    Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht 2015; Not Available

    Biographische Informationen Dr. Ellinor Forster ist am Institut für Geschichtswissenschaften und Europäische Ethnologie an der Universität Innsbruck tätig. Dr. Kordula Schnegg ist Assistenzprofessorin am Institut für Alte Geschichte und Altorientalistik an der Universität Innsbruck. Dr. Astrid von Schlachta ist Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin am... more...