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Ginsberg, Benjamin

Works: 85 works in 493 publications in 2 languages and 16,210 library holdings
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Most widely held works about Benjamin Ginsberg
Most widely held works by Benjamin Ginsberg
The fall of the faculty : the rise of the all-administrative university and why it matters by Benjamin Ginsberg( )

26 editions published between 2011 and 2014 in English and held by 2,210 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Until very recently, American universities were led mainly by their faculties, which viewed intellectual production and pedagogy as the core missions of higher education. Today, as Benjamin Ginsberg warns in this eye-opening, controversial book, "deanlets"--Administrators and staffers often without serious academic backgrounds or experience---are setting the educational agenda. The Fall of the Faculty examines the fallout of rampant administrative blight that now plagues the nation's universities. In the past decade, universities have added layers of administrators and staffers to their payrolls every year even while laying off full-time faculty in increasing numbers---ostensibly because of budget cuts. Many of the newly minted---and non-academic---administrators are career managers who downplay the importance of teaching and research, as evidenced by their tireless advocacy for a banal "life skills" curriculum. Consequently, students are denied a more enriching educational experience---one defined by intellectual rigor. Ginsberg also reveals how the legitimate grievances of minority groups and liberal activists, which were traditionally championed by faculty members, have, in the hands of administrators, been reduced to chess pieces in a game of power politics. As troubling as this trend has become, there are ways to reverse it. The Fall of the Faculty outlines how we can revamp the system so that real educators can regain their voice in curriculum policy
Do elections matter? by Benjamin Ginsberg( Book )

29 editions published between 1986 and 2016 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,244 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"What is the connection between voters' decisions in the polling booth and the policy decisions of office holders? The contributors to the fully revised third edition of Do elections matter? reconsider the significance of elections in light of the political events of 1992-95"--Back cover
We the people : an introduction to American politics by Benjamin Ginsberg( Book )

67 editions published between 1997 and 2017 in English and held by 1,081 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

We the People is the best text for showing students that politics is relevant to their lives and that political participation matters - especially in the digital age. New coauthor Caroline Tolbert brings expertise in political behavior to deep revisions of key chapters, and new Digital Citizens boxes highlight the role of new media in politics
How the Jews defeated Hitler : exploding the myth of Jewish passivity in the face of Nazism by Benjamin Ginsberg( Book )

11 editions published between 2013 and 2016 in English and held by 1,008 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

One of the most common assumptions about World War II is that the Jews did not actively or effectively resist their own extermination at the hands of the Nazis. In this powerful book, Benjamin Ginsberg convincingly argues that the Jews not only resisted the Germans but actually played a major role in the defeat of Nazi Germany. The question, he contends, is not whether the Jews fought but where and by what means. True, many Jews were poorly armed, outnumbered, and without resources, but Ginsberg shows persuasively that this myth of passivity is solely that--a myth. The author describes how Jews resisted Nazism strongly in four major venues. First, they served as members of the Soviet military and as engineers who designed and built many pivotal Soviet weapons, including the T-34 tank. Second, a number were soldiers in the U.S. armed forces, and many also played key roles in discrediting American isolationism, in providing the Roosevelt administration with the support it needed for preparing for war, and in building the atomic bomb. Third, they made vital contributions to the Allies--the Soviet Union, the United States, and Britain--in espionage and intelligence (especially cryptanalysis), and fourth, they assumed important roles in several European anti-Nazi resistance movements that often disrupted Germany's fragile military supply lines. In this compelling, cogent history, we discover that the Jews were an important factor in Hitler's defeat.--Jacket flap
The captive public : how mass opinion promotes state power by Benjamin Ginsberg( Book )

13 editions published between 1986 and 1988 in English and held by 948 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Politics by other means : the declining importance of elections in America by Benjamin Ginsberg( Book )

12 editions published between 1990 and 1992 in English and held by 931 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

American government : freedom and power by Theodore J Lowi( Book )

70 editions published between 1990 and 2006 in English and French and held by 930 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

After presenting accounts of young Holocaust victims as well as of German youth brainwashed by Adolf Hitler, this work follows through to the children and grandchildren of Jewish survivors and of the Nazis
Downsizing democracy : how America sidelined its citizens and privatized its public by Matthew A Crenson( Book )

12 editions published between 2002 and 2004 in English and held by 873 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

With citizens pushed to the periphery of political life, narrow special interest groups from across the political spectrum - largely composed of faceless members drawn from extended mailing lists - have come to dominate state and federal decision-making. In the closing decade of the last century, this trend only intensified as the federal government, taking a cue from business management practices, rethought its relationship to its citizens as one of a provider of goods and services to individual "customers.""--Jacket
Presidential power : unchecked and unbalanced by Matthew A Crenson( Book )

7 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 801 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A new history and evaluation of the "imperial presidency." Recent presidents have exploited the power of the American presidency more fully than their predecessors--and with greater consequence than the framers of the Constitution anticipated. This book, in the tradition of Arthur Schlesinger's 1973 Imperial Presidency, explores how American presidents--especially those of the past three decades--have increased the power of the presidency at the expense of democracy. Crenson and Ginsberg provide a history of this trend, showing that the expansion of presidential power dates back over one hundred years. They also look beyond the president's actions in the realm of foreign policy to consider other, more hidden, means that presidents have used to institutionalize the power of the executive branch
American government : power & purpose by Theodore J Lowi( Book )

58 editions published between 2002 and 2017 in English and held by 577 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Always authoritative. More contemporary than ever. The text that professors trust to get students thinking analytically about American government has been extensively revised by co-author Stephen Ansolabehere and updated with new "Analyzing the Evidence" sections written by top researchers
The fatal embrace : Jews and the state by Benjamin Ginsberg( Book )

11 editions published between 1993 and 1998 in English and held by 576 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Moses of South Carolina : a Jewish scalawag during radical reconstruction by Benjamin Ginsberg( )

6 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 527 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A southern Moses -- The making of a scalawag -- Reinventing South Carolina's government -- Speaker Moses -- Governor Moses -- Exile from the promised land -- Coda
Presidential government by Benjamin Ginsberg( Book )

5 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 520 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Noted political scientist Benjamin Ginsberg has written an essential text for courses on the United States presidency. An invaluable resource, Ginsberg's comprehensive analysis emphasizes the historical, constitutional, and legal dimensions of presidential power. He explores the history and essential aspects of the office, the president's relationship to the rest of the executive branch and to a subordinated Congress, and the evolution of the American president from policy executor to policy maker. Compelling photo essays delve into topics of special interest, including First Spouses, Presidential Eligibility, and Congressional Investigations of the White House"--Publisher's website
Politics by other means : politicians, prosecutors, and the press from Watergate to Whitewater by Benjamin Ginsberg( Book )

11 editions published between 1999 and 2002 in English and held by 476 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"As scandals increasingly dominate the political agenda, Benjamin Ginsberg and Martin Shefter argue in this book, the United States is entering an era of postelectoral politics, with media revelations, congressional investigations, and judicial proceedings replacing elections as the primary tools of political competition. In a far-reaching shift of the political landscape, contenders now seek to discredit or take hostage their opponents rather than to expand the electorate or otherwise compete for votes."--Jacket
The consequences of consent : elections, citizen control, and popular acquiescence by Benjamin Ginsberg( Book )

9 editions published between 1981 and 1982 in English and Undetermined and held by 465 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Poliscide by Theodore J Lowi( Book )

6 editions published in 1976 in English and held by 426 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Making government manageable : executive organization and management in the twenty-first century( Book )

6 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 416 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

What Washington gets wrong : the unelected officials who actually run the government and their misconceptions about the American people by Jennifer Bachner( Book )

5 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 371 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Each year unelected federal administrators write thousands of regulations possessing the force of law. What do these civil servants know about the American people whom they ostensibly serve? Not much, according to this enlightening and disturbing study. The authors surveyed federal agency officials, congressional and White House staffers, and employees of various policy-making organizations about their attitudes toward and knowledge of the public. They found a significant chasm between what official Washington assumes they know about average Americans and the actual opinions and attitudes of American citizens. Even in such basic areas as life circumstances (e.g., income levels, employment, racial makeup) the surveys revealed surprising inaccuracies. And when it comes to policy issues--on such crucial issues as defense, crime, social security, welfare, public education, and the environment--officials' perceptions of the public's knowledge and positions are often wide of the mark. Compounding this ignorance is a pervasive attitude of smug dismissiveness toward the citizenry and little sense of accountability. As a result, bureaucrats tend to follow their own preferences without much reference to the opinions of the public. The authors conclude with recommendations to narrow the gap between official perceptions of the American public and the actual facts. These include shorter terms, rotation from the Washington beltway to local offices, compulsory training in the responsibilities of public office, and better civic education for ordinary citizens in the realities of government and politics"--
The American lie : government by the people and other political fables by Benjamin Ginsberg( Book )

6 editions published between 2007 and 2014 in English and held by 348 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Going all the way back to the time of George Washington, much of what we see and hear in the political world consists of lies and deceptions. Despite assurances to the contrary, politics is not about truth, justice, and principle. It is about money, power, and status. As astute political commentator Ben Ginsberg convincingly demonstrates, politicians habitually lie, pretending to fight for principles, in order to conceal their true selfish motives. Citizens who need the frequentinjunctions to participate in politics and abjure
The value of violence by Benjamin Ginsberg( Book )

7 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 260 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Though violence is commonly deplored, political scientist Ginsberg argues that in many ways it is indispensable, unavoidable, and valuable. Ginsberg sees violence manifested in society in many ways. "Law-preserving violence" (using Walter Benjamin's phrase) is the chief means by which society preserves social order. Behind the security of a stable society are the blunt instruments of the police, prisons, and the power of the bureaucratic state to coerce and manipulate. Ginsberg also discusses violence as a tool of social change, whether used in outright revolution or as a means of reform in public protests or the threat of insurrection. He notes that even groups committed to nonviolent tactics rely on the violent reactions of their opponents to achieve their ends. And to avoid the threat of unrest, modern states resort to social welfare systems (a prudent use of the carrot instead of the stick). Emphasizing the unavoidability of violence to create major change, Ginsberg points out that few today would trade our current situation for the alternative had our forefathers not resorted to the violence of the American Revolution and the Civil War
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The fall of the faculty : the rise of the all-administrative university and why it matters
Do elections matter?We the people : an introduction to American politicsAmerican government : freedom and powerDownsizing democracy : how America sidelined its citizens and privatized its publicPresidential power : unchecked and unbalancedAmerican government : power & purposeThe fatal embrace : Jews and the stateMoses of South Carolina : a Jewish scalawag during radical reconstruction
Alternative Names
Benjamin Ginsberg American political scientist

Benjamin Ginsberg Amerikaans politicoloog

Ginsberg, Ben

Ginsberg, Ben 1947-

بنيامين جينسبرج، 1947-

긴스버그, 벤저민

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