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Polls and Politics
Polls and Politics (March 2004)
The Dilemmas of Democracy
Michael A. Genovese - Editor
Matthew J. Streb - Editor

A provocative examination of the use and abuse of public opinion polls.

This hard-hitting and engaging examination of polls and American politics asks an essential question: do polls contribute to the vitality of our democracy or are they undermining the health of our political system? Leading scholars address several key issues such as how various types of polls affect democracy, the meaning attributed to polling dat...(Read More)
Communication and Public Participation in Environmental Decision Making
Communication and Public Participation in Environmental Decision Making (February 2004)
Stephen P. Depoe - Editor
John W. Delicath - Editor
Marie-France Aepli Elsenbeer - Editor

Looks at the critical role of community members and other interested parties in environmental policy decision making.

The contributors to this volume explore the communication practices of various stakeholders—interested citizens, grassroots and public interest groups, industry representatives, scientists and technical experts, government agencies, federal regulators—engaged in a variety of environmental decision...(Read More)
Discourse and Democracy
Discourse and Democracy (October 2002)
Essays on Habermas's Between Facts and Norms
Rene von Schomberg - Editor
Kenneth Baynes - Editor

Examines issues in legal and democratic theory found in the work of Jürgen Habermas.  

Discourse and Democracy offers a variety of perspectives by an international group of scholars on Jürgen Habermas’s Between Facts and Norms. The collection presents not just a summary of Habermas’s own views, but locates him with respect to modern and contemporary moral, political, and legal ...(Read More)
Democracy Growing Up
Democracy Growing Up (September 2002)
Authority, Autonomy, and Passion in Tocqueville's Democracy in America
Laura Janara - Author

Winner of the Best First Book Award, presented by the Foundations of Political Theory section of the American Political Science Association

Finalist—2004 C.B. Macpherson Prize presented by the Canadian Political Science Association

The first sustained feminist interpretation of Tocqueville’s classic, Democracy in America.

Tocqueville’s Democracy in Ame...(Read More)
The Occupation of Justice
The Occupation of Justice (April 2002)
The Supreme Court of Israel and the Occupied Territories
David Kretzmer - Author

A critical examination of the decisions of the Supreme Court of Israel in cases relating to the Occupied Territories.

The Occupation of Justice
presents the first comprehensive discussion of the Supreme Court of Israel’s decisions on petitions challenging policies and actions of the authorities in the West Bank and Gaza since their occupation during the 1967 Six-Day War. Kretzmer addresses issues including: the ba...(Read More)
The Politics of Ideas
The Politics of Ideas (August 2001)
Intellectual Challenges Facing the American Political Parties
John Kenneth White - Editor
John C. Green - Editor

Essays on the need for a more dynamic public philosophy in American politics.

This collection addresses the importance of ideas, and ideas of importance, to American politics at the beginning of a new century. On the one hand, the contributors find a distressing absence of ideas in American politics and a parallel rise of the power of political identities, interests, and other detrimental influences. On the other hand, m...(Read More)
Democracy, Real and Ideal
Democracy, Real and Ideal (March 1999)
Discourse Ethics and Radical Politics
Ricardo Blaug - Author

Explores the political implications of Habermas's theory of discourse ethics through a resurrection of its radical potential when applied to participants in decision-making groups.

"The author breaks new ground with this original and penetrating discussion of practical issues raised by theories of discourse ethics and discursive democracy. Blaug displays an impressive mastery of the secondary literature in English, and...(Read More)
Democracy and Ethnography
Democracy and Ethnography (September 1998)
Constructing Identities in Multicultural Liberal States
Carol J. Greenhouse - Editor
Roshanak Kheshti - With assistance from

"In exploring the official constructions of cultural diversity in the United States and Spain, this book makes a valuable contribution to debates on multicultural policies in liberal democratic states. It brings anthropological insights on classification to bear on the pressing issues of affirmative action, immigration quotas, education, and the political organization of difference." -- John Borneman, Cornell University

"This book frames a critical question often overlooked in the current debate -- ...(Read More)
Education for Public Democracy
Education for Public Democracy (January 1997)
David T. Sehr - Author

Examines the kinds of school structures and educational practices that nurture the development of young people as public, democratic citizens.
"For the last fifteen years, it seems that our society has lost sight of the relationship between democracy and education. Much of the public and scholarly debate has focused on the relationship between education and our market economy. I like the fact that this book moves beyond abstract theorizin...(Read More)
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