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Ginsberg, Benjamin

Works: 81 works in 456 publications in 2 languages and 15,797 library holdings
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Most widely held works about Benjamin Ginsberg
Most widely held works by Benjamin Ginsberg
Do elections matter? by Benjamin Ginsberg( Book )

28 editions published between 1986 and 2016 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,221 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 )

63 editions published between 1997 and 2017 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,039 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
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 951 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

11 editions published between 1990 and 1992 in English and held by 944 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The fall of the faculty : the rise of the all-administrative university and why it matters by Benjamin Ginsberg( Book )

26 editions published between 2011 and 2014 in English and held by 936 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. In a further irony, 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. By embracing initiatives such as affirmative action, the administration gained favor with these groups and legitimized a thinly cloaked gambit to bolster their power over the faculty. 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
American government : freedom and power by Theodore J Lowi( Book )

65 editions published between 1990 and 2007 in English and French and held by 935 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 )

11 editions published between 2002 and 2004 in English and held by 877 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 )

6 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 803 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.--From publisher description
The fatal embrace : Jews and the state by Benjamin Ginsberg( Book )

10 editions published between 1993 and 1998 in English and held by 573 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

American government : power & purpose by Theodore J Lowi( Book )

55 editions published between 2002 and 2017 in English and held by 553 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
How the Jews defeated Hitler : exploding the myth of Jewish passivity in the face of Nazism by Benjamin Ginsberg( Book )

9 editions published between 2013 and 2016 in English and held by 510 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.--provided by publisher
Politics by other means : politicians, prosecutors, and the press from Watergate to Whitewater by Benjamin Ginsberg( Book )

9 editions published between 1999 and 2002 in English and held by 473 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In this newly revised edition, the authors discuss the long-term significance of the rise of the politics of scandal and the decline of electoral competition. They argue that as long as scandals and the media circus dominate the political agenda, the voter is increasingly alienated, the government's effectiveness weakened, and the democratic process threatened."--Jacket
The consequences of consent : elections, citizen control, and popular acquiescence by Benjamin Ginsberg( Book )

8 editions published between 1981 and 1982 in English and held by 463 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Poliscide by Theodore J Lowi( Book )

6 editions published in 1976 in English and held by 433 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presidential government by Benjamin Ginsberg( Book )

4 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 419 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
Making government manageable : executive organization and management in the twenty-first century( Book )

6 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 414 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

4 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 296 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This book reveals a surprising ignorance on the part of unelected federal officials regarding the life circumstances and opinions of average Americans as well as an attitude of condescension"--
The value of violence by Benjamin Ginsberg( Book )

7 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 225 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
Moses of South Carolina : a Jewish scalawag during radical reconstruction by Benjamin Ginsberg( Book )

5 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 175 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
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The fall of the faculty : the rise of the all-administrative university and why it matters
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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We the people : an introduction to American politicsThe fall of the faculty : the rise of the all-administrative university and why it mattersAmerican government : freedom and powerDownsizing democracy : how America sidelined its citizens and privatized its publicPresidential power : unchecked and unbalancedThe fatal embrace : Jews and the stateAmerican government : power & purposePolitics by other means : politicians, prosecutors, and the press from Watergate to Whitewater