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Distinguished by its myth versus reality framework, American Government encourages students to confront their preconceptions about American government and to think critically about the U.S. political system. Up-to-date coverage includes the 2006 mid-term elections, the Supreme Court, domestic and international policy, and economic and social welfare.Extensively updated, this edition features a sixteen-page, full-color "Year in Review" insert of the most captivating news stories and powerful images from The Associated Press. This dynamic text will engage your students and foster critical thinking about the stories that shape our nation.

Table of Contents

Myth and Reality in American Politics
Myths and American Government
The Nature of Government and Politics
Fundamental Issues of Government and Politics
Overview of This Book
Constitutional Foundations
The Setting for Constitutional Change
The Framers
The Roots of the Constitution
What the Framers Did The Principles of American Constitutionalism
Conclusion: Living, Enduring, and Political
Federalism and Intergovernmental Relations
The Evolution of American Federalism
The Actors of American Federalism
Conclusion: The Principles and Pragmatism of Federalism
The Heritage of Rights and Liberties
Applying the Bill of Rights to the States
The First Amendment Freedoms Due Process and Crime Privacy
Equal Protection of the Laws Conclusion: Absolutes and Qualifications
Public Opinion and Political Participation
What Is Public Opinion
How We Develop Our Beliefs and Opinions
How Polls Work
The Paradox of Public Opinion Group Opinion
Diversity and Uniformity Avenues of Political Participation
Conclusion: Many Minorities, Much Activity
Political Parties
What Parties Are and What They Do Who Belongs to Major Parties and Why
American-Style Politics: The Two-Party System
Party Structure from the Bottom Up
Conclusion: Decline or Transformation of Political Parties
Campaigns and Elections Nominations
The Selection Process
The Race for Office
The Media and Campaigns
Are We Brainwashed
Campaigns and Political Parties
Voting and Elections
The Electoral College Promises, Promises
The Link Between Campaigns and Public Policy
Conclusion: Do Elections Matter
Interest Groups Movers and Shakers
Interest and Other Advocacy Groups
What Makes an Interest Group
Powerful Interest Group
Tactics: "You Don't Lobby with Hundred-Dollar Bills and Wild Parties"
Interest Groups and Democracy
Conclusion: Corrupt or Constructive
Media And Politics
The Rise of the Media Making News
The Effects of the Mass Media
The Uneasy Alliance Between Government and the Media
Conclusion: The Great Manipulator
Congress A Portrait of Congress
The Work of Congress
The Organization of Congress How a Bill Becomes a Law Congressional Voting
Conclusion: Is Congress the Broken Branch
The Presidency
The Growth of the Presidency
Presidential Roles
The Institutional Presidency
The White House Office: Two Management Styles
Presidential Influence
Conclusion: The All-Powerful President
Bureaucracy A Profile of the Federal Bureaucracy
Growth of the American Bureaucracy
Bureaucratic Power
Bureaucratic Problems and Reforms
Conclusion: Expectations and Government Operations
Courts, Judges, and the Law
The Origins and Types of American Law
The Structure of the Court Systems
The Federal and State Court Systems
Recruiting and Removing Judges
The Supreme Court at Work
The Implementation of Court Decisions
Conclusion: The Courts Are Not What They Seem
Domestic Policy and Policymaking Making
Public Policy
Education Policy
Managing the Economy
Economic Development Policies
Regulatory Policies
Social Welfare Policies
Conclusion: The Complexity of American Public Policy
Foreign and Defense Policy
Changing Parameters of Foreign and Defense Policies
Vulnerability in Historical Perspective
Making Foreign and Defense Policy
Wielding Democratic Power
Military and Defense Strategies
Conclusion: The Reshaping of Foreign and Defense Policy
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