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Below is information on the volumes I have published (as editor or author) during my academic career.
When death has been declared, but doesn’t actually occur, things become interesting. Youngstown’s been called dead for as long as I can remember, but not by those who bother to lean in close and smell its essence. One after another, the writers and artists in this anthology vouch for the burning truth of Youngstown’s life, all its filth and hardness and sweetness and soul, until it feels eternal.
Car Bombs to Cookie Tables is far more than an elegy for the glory days of the steel industry; it’s also a blueprint for reinventing a city that doesn’t belong on the scrap heap. From a 34-year-old mayor to a 29-year-old congressman to an urban gardener tending the vacant lot outside her home, young people have more influence in Youngstown than in any other city in America. Their voices are in this book, along with colorful tales of boxers, punk-rock scenesters, steelworkers, and shady politicians, reminding us why it’s impossible to feel as sentimental about suburbia as it is about a struggling Rust Belt hometown.
Aptly named, because campaigning is a craft as well as a science and an art, this updated undergraduate text describes the history and logic of campaigns up to the highly technological and consultant-centered present. Burton, Miller, and Shea maintain that this new style of campaigning now affects local elections as well as those at the national level, describing the typical campaign plan, the methods for understanding contexts of the race through demographic research and profiles of candidates and opponents. They examine the strategic thinking behind electoral targeting and polling, and cover voter contact techniques such as fundraising, strategic communications, news coverage, and returning to the grass roots. They close with commentary on the future of political campaign organization.
The purpose of this 19th edition of Taking Sides is to continue to work toward the revival of political dialogue in America while encouraging the development of a sense of relevancy. As has occurred in the past 18 editions, I examine leading issues in American politics from the perspective of sharply opposed points of view. I have tried to select authors who argue their points vigorously but in such a way as to enhance comprehension of the issue. In short, I have aimed to include works that will stimulate interest and encourage understanding of multiple angles in any given issue. I hope that readers who confront lively and thoughtful statements on vital issues will be stimulated to ask some of the critical questions about American politics.
Political scientists teach countless students at universities around the world. With the advent of online education and the growing demand for quality instruction, this new Handbook is very timely and valuable. The editors have assembled an outstanding group of authors who offer many highly useful insights and tools for more effective and innovative teaching in political science. This important book should be of broad interest to political scientists interested in cutting-edge curricular and pedagogical developments.
The outcome of the 2012 Republican presidential nomination cycle wasn’t particularly shocking–the candidate with most of the money and insider support won–but the road the party traveled to get there was an unusual and unforgettable one. This book takes us through some of the rule changes that helped produce such an interesting cycle, and then provides us with detailed profiles of the oversized personalities that defined the year. Why did formidable candidates stay out of this race, while factional politicians with non-traditional résumés not only jumped in but occasionally led the pack? What did the race tell us about the state of the Republican Party and its prospects for the future? This book provides us with some answers and makes for an entertaining yet detailed read about this most curious election cycle.
A core principle of representative democracy is that the people are free to choose their leaders, but more and more, leaders are actually choosing their voters. The case studies presented here trace carefully how the redistricting process played out across the country following the 2010 census, not only testing key theories of redistricting, but also exploring the confluence of increasingly sophisticated technology and the hyper-partisan political environment. The stories are thorough without being excessive, and the mix of states creates for good generalizations. This excellent book is long overdue!
A much needed and anticipated volume for public administration and policy courses. Miller and Walling do a superb job of selecting a mix of classic and contemporary articles that show opposing sides of key issues in this understudied area. Great and current supplement that engaged students. They were most responsive to all of the controversies.
Much of the discussion about the Tea Party movement centers on the idea of ‘seriousness.’ Some adherents to Tea Party principles think government officials, including many Republicans, are not truly focused on the deficit or abortion or some larger collection of political issues. Detractors of the movement, more than a few Republicans among them, see in these politically charged insurgents a jumble of wild ideas having slight application to the real world.... One side of the debate sees an America that has abandoned the dreams of its Founders; the other sees funny people in funny hats going to funny protests. This book takes the Tea Party movement seriously.
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