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Issues in American Political Life
Money, Violence and Biology





ISBN 9780131930629
Published November 10, 2005 by Routledge
272 Pages

 
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A core text for undergraduate courses in American Public Policy, or supplemental reading in such courses as Introduction to American Government or Politics, American Public Policy Analysis, Introduction to Political Science.  A substantive alternative to typical "issues" texts-which cover too many issues, too superficially-this intriguing and comprehensive text offers a more in-depth and coherent approach to contemporary policy problems and solutions. It provides a conceptual framework in which students can become comfortable actually doing policy analysis, and in learning skills beyond reading about certain political issues. Thematically organized, it looks at nine specific issues grouped into three broad categories that hold an enduring importance in American political life-money and politics, violence and politics, and biology and politics. All nine chapters and their respective topics (campaigns, corruption, welfare, crime, terrorism, arms control, the environment, biomedical issues, and biotechnology) have a strong conceptual base with current political dimensions and policy concerns woven throughout. Students not only learn the context, status, and prospects of issues confronting the U.S. government, but also see how these issues now cross our domestic borders into a global realm.

Table of Contents

Introduction  Part I. Money and Politics  Chapter 1: The Politics of Poverty and the Welfare State  Chapter 2: The Politics of Health Care  Chapter 3: Money in Public Office: Campaign Finance, Graft, and Corruption  Part II: Violence and Politics  Chapter 4: The Politics of Crime in America  Chapter 5: The Politics of Terrorism  Chapter 6: The Politics of Arms Racing and Weapons of Mass Destruction  Part III: Biology and Politics  Chapter 7: Biomedical Issues  Chapter 8: Biotechnology  Chapter 9: The Ecological Crisis.

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Biography

Robert Thobaben is Professor of Political Science at Wright State University

Charles Funderburk is Professor of Political Science at Wright State University

Donna Schlagheck is Professor of Political Science at Wright State University