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Updated in a new 13th edition, this book is organized around a "concise and contemporary" approach that provides an overview of the American Political system and its institutions by using the constitution as its backdrop. Free of ideological and political bias, this book is structured to engage the reader in a concise and stimulating way. Covering the framework of government, its institutions, the rights of the individual, and public policy, this updated edition contains both the the 2008 historic campaign and President Obama's first year in office.
I. THE FRAMEWORK OF GOVERNMENT
1. Politics, Democracy, and the American People
2. From Colonialism to Constitutionalism
- The Constitution of the United States of America (Annotated).
- Amendments to the Constitution (Annotated).
3. The Federal System
II. POLITICS AND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE
4. Public Opinion and the Mass Media
5. Political Parties and Interest Groups
6. Nominations and Elections
III. THE INSTITUTIONS OF GOVERNMENT
8. The Chief Executive
9. The Federal Bureaucracy
10. The Judiciary
IV. THE RIGHTS OF THE INDIVIDUAL
11. Civil Liberties
12. Civil Rights
V. PUBLIC POLICY
13. Public Policy–What Government Does
14. Foreign Policy
Appendix A: The Declaration of Independence
Appendix B: The Articles of Confederation.
Appendix C: The Antifederalists.
Appendix D: The Federalist.
Appendix E: Presidents and Vice Presidents of the United States.