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Citizen Guides to Politics and Public Affairs

Series Editor: Morgan Marietta, Bert A. Rockman

Each book in this series is framed around a significant but not well-understood subject that is integral to citizens'--both students and the general public--full understanding of politics and participation in public affairs. In accessible language, these titles provide readers with the tools for understanding the root issues in political life. Individual volumes are brief and engaging, written in short readable chapters without extensive citations or footnoting. Together they are part of an essential library to equip us all for fuller engagement with the issues of our times.

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  1. A Citizen's Guide to Deficits and Debt

    The Politics of Taxing, Spending, and Borrowing

    By William E. Hudson

    Series: Citizen Guides to Politics and Public Affairs

    America is currently involved in one of the worst economic crises of modern times. As alarm increases over how the government will balance the budget, handle the debt, and maintain prosperity for the future, the minutia of debts and deficits remains incomprehensible to many. Why is it so hard to...

    Published December 17th 2013 by Routledge

  2. A Citizen’s Guide to Terrorism and Counterterrorism

    By Christopher C. Harmon

    Series: Citizen Guides to Politics and Public Affairs

    This Citizen’s Guide addresses the public policy issues of terrorism and counterterrorism in the United States after Bin Laden’s death. Written for the thinking citizen and student alike, this succinct and up-to-date book takes a "grand strategy" approach toward terrorism and uses examples and...

    Published December 16th 2013 by Routledge

  3. A Citizen’s Guide to American Foreign Policy

    Tragic Choices and the Limits of Rationality

    By David Patrick Houghton

    Series: Citizen Guides to Politics and Public Affairs

    American foreign policy often looks like a trail of man-made debris and disaster. Of course, the explanations for many poorly-made decisions are rather complex. In this brief and cogent analysis, Houghton shows us that understanding American foreign policy often comes down to recognizing the...

    Published November 11th 2013 by Routledge

  4. A Citizen’s Guide to the Constitution and the Supreme Court

    Constitutional Conflict in American Politics

    By Morgan Marietta

    Series: Citizen Guides to Politics and Public Affairs

    The U.S. Constitution is a blueprint for a free society as well as a source of enduring conflict over how that society must be governed. The competing ways of reading our founding document shape the decisions of the Supreme Court, which acts as the final voice on constitutional questions. This...

    Published July 16th 2013 by Routledge

  5. A Citizen’s Guide to American Ideology

    Conservatism and Liberalism in Contemporary Politics

    By Morgan Marietta

    Series: Citizen Guides to Politics and Public Affairs

    Conservatives and Liberals often resort to cartoon images of the opposing ideology, relying on broadly defined caricatures to illustrate their opposition. To help us get past these stereotypes, this short, punchy book explains the two dominant political ideologies in America today, providing a...

    Published October 25th 2011 by Routledge

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Forthcoming Books

  1. A Citizen’s Guide to Presidential Nominations
    By Wayne Steger
    To Be Published December 30th 2014

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