The fifth edition of a widely used textbook on American politics, co-authored
by a St. Lawrence professor, has recently been published.
The Politics of Power: A Critical Introduction to American Government, by
Ira Katznelson and Mark Kesselman, of Columbia University, and St. Lawrence
University Professor of Government Alan Draper, has just been published in its
fifth edition by Wadsworth Publishing.
The publishers describe the text as providing "a lively, comprehensive, critical
perspective of the American political system by highlighting how political
conflicts, institutions and processes are influenced by deep inequalities
generated by the country's political economy. Building on the coverage of
all of the major topics typical of an American Government course the critical
analysis in this text is based on the theme that American democracy is limited
by fundamental inequalities in power and economic resources. Respected for its
critical theme, The Politics of Power also strives to be direct without
being simplistic, engaging without being flippant, and critical without being
New items in this edition include:A chapter examining Economic Policy, rounding out a new three-chapter
sequence on policy, emphasizing the outcomes of government institutions and
political behavior that is covered in earlier sections of the text.
Chapter 4, which previously covered social movements, and now answers key questions
about how well informed the American public is about politics, what it believes
and what influences public opinion. This chapter now addresses issues of public
opinion and political values that reflect the focus of economic inequality and
political institutions in the text.
The first Bush administration is covered in detail, including his economic
policies, foreign policies and changes to political institutions (such as an
increase in presidential powers).
Analysis of the 2004 Election, focusing on the strong continuities with
previous elections and the emergence of the Republican Party as the majority
party in the U.S.
Draper is also the author of A Rope of Sand: The AFL-CIO Committee on Political
Education, 1955-1967 (1989) and Conflict of Interests: Organized Labor and the
Civil Rights Movement in the South, 1954-68 (1994). He won the University's J.
Calvin Keene Award in 1996.
Posted: April 7, 2005