The State of Democracy in America by Edward G. Carmines, Paul M. Sniderman, Diana Owen, M.Margaret Conway, Michael Dukakis, Donald R. Matthews, William J. Crotty, Casey A. Klofstad, George E. Marcus, Jack Dennis (Paperback, 2001)
In this wide-ranging assessment of democracy in America today, fifteen respected scholars of American politics chart the strengths and weaknesses of the nation's democratic mechanisms and outline the challenges that lie ahead. They focus t on specific policies or elections but on the quality of American political life, the representativeness of its governing institutions, and the issues of racial and ecomic equity. The contributors cover a broad spectrum of the American political process. Topics include the extent and nature of political participation, the relevance of political parties, political fundraising and its policy consequences, demographic change and its likely effect on the national political agenda, and the future of racial politics. Others explore how representative Congress really is today, how the market ecomy affects public policy, the use of impeachment as a political weapon, and the degree of corporate influence on the political process. A final chapter explores the circumstances likely to shape policy agendas over the course of the twenty-first century. Taken together, these essays provide a clear picture of political evolution during the past fifty years and discuss possible problems and issues of the future. Written for advanced undergraduate and graduate students, this book is a thoughtful, well-documented, critical analysis of contemporary American democracy.
William J. Crotty is Thomas P. O'Neill Chair in Public Life, director of the O'Neill Center for the Study of Democracy, and professor of political science at Northeastern University. His books include The Politics of Presidential Selection (HarperCollins, 1996) and the four-volume Political Science: Looking to the Future (Northwestern University Press, 1991).
Casey A. Klofstad, Diana Owen, Donald R. Matthews, Edward G. Carmines, George E. Marcus, Jack Dennis, M.Margaret Conway, Michael Dukakis, Paul M. Sniderman, William J. Crotty