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The Rise and Fall of Democracy in Early America, 1630–1789

by Joshua Miller Penn State University Press (April 08, 1991)

The Rise and Fall of Democracy in Early America describes and explores the emergence of a directly democratic political culture in America, the Federalists' theoretical campaign against that culture, and the...


The Australian Citizens’ Parliament and the Future of Deliberative Democracy

by Lyn Carson, John Gastil, Janette Hartz-Karp & Ron Lubensky Penn State University Press (August 26, 2013)

Growing numbers of scholars, practitioners, politicians, and citizens recognize the value of deliberative civic engagement processes that enable citizens and governments to come together in public spaces and...


The Fourth Enemy

by James Cane Penn State University Press (January 18, 2012)

The rise of Juan Perón to power in Argentina in the 1940s is one of the most studied subjects in Argentine history. But no book before this has examined the role the Peronists’ struggle with the major commercial...


Paying Attention to Foreign Affairs

by Thomas Knecht Penn State University Press (December 22, 2010)

Do American presidents consider public opinion when making foreign policy decisions? In a democracy, it is generally assumed that citizen preferences inform public policy. For a variety of reasons, however,...


Blacks and the Quest for Economic Equality

by James W. Button, Barbara A. Rienzo & Sheila L. Croucher Penn State University Press (August 04, 2009)

The civil rights movement of the 1960s improved the political and legal status of African Americans, but the quest for equality in employment and economic well-being has lagged behind. Blacks are more than twice...


Homeland Mythology

by Christopher Collins Penn State University Press (August 01, 2007)

Since 9/11, America has presented itself to the world as a Christianist culture, no less antimodern and nostalgic for an idealized past than its Islamist foes. The master-narrative both sides share might sound...


Do the Poor Count?

by Michelle M. Taylor-Robinson Penn State University Press (October 27, 2010)

Latin America’s flirtation with neoliberal economic restructuring in the 1980s and 1990s (the so-called Washington Consensus strategy) had the effect of increasing income inequality throughout the region....


An Entrenched Legacy

by Patrick M. Garry Penn State University Press (November 22, 2007)

An Entrenched Legacy takes a fresh look at the role of the Supreme Court in our modern constitutional system. Although criticisms of judicial power today often attribute its rise to the activism of justices...