Benjamin Ginsberg, Center Chair

Benjamin Ginsberg, Ph.D., is the David Bernstein Professor of Political Science and Chair of the Center for Advanced Governmental Studies of Advanced Academic Programs at the Johns Hopkins University. He is the author of numerous books on American government and politics including:

  • Downsizing Democracy: How America Sidelined Its Citizens and Privatized Its Public;
  • The Fatal Embrace: Jews and the State;
  • Embattled Democracy: Politics and Policy in the Clinton Era;
  • Democrats Return to Power: Politics and Policy in the Clinton Era;
  • Politics by Other Means: Politicians, Prosecutors, and the Press from Watergate to Whitewater;
  • The Captive Public: How Mass Opinion Promotes State Power;
  • Do Elections Matter?;
  • American Government: Freedom and Power;
  • The Consequences of Consent: Elections, Citizen Control and Popular Acquiescence;
  • Poliscide: Big Government, Big Science, Lilliputian Politics;
  • What Washington Gets Wrong: The Unelected Officials Who Actually Run the Government and Their Misconceptions about the American People.

Most recently, Ginsberg has authored The American Lie: Government by the People and other Political Fables, and co-authored Presidential Power: Unchecked and Unbalanced. The textbook he co-authors with Theodore J. Lowi is the most widely used American government textbook in the country.
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Benjamin Ginsberg, PhD, is the David Bernstein Professor of Political Science and Chair of the Center for Advanced Governmental Studies of Advanced Academic Programs at the Johns Hopkins University.