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American Government : Institutions and Policies

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Edition:
6th
ISBN13:

9780618221455

ISBN10:
061822145X
Format:
Paperback
Pub. Date:
12/19/2002
Publisher(s):
Wadsworth Publishing
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Summary

This brief edition maintains the framework of the complete text, emphasizing the historical development of the American political system, who governs and to what end. Revisions include "Interpreting Political News" in Chapter 4, which addresses the shift in the media's focus after 9/11; new discussion on partisanship in Congress and polarity among the parties in Chapter 7; a refreshed look at the Electoral College in light of the 2000 election; an in-depth examination of terrorism, government response to it, and its affects on civil liberties in Chapter 11; and a look at the government's ability to act in a bipartisan manner in times of crisis. A section at the beginning of Chapter 4, "Why Do We Distrust the Federal Government?" includes discussion of how the 9/11 attacks have revived American confidence in government. Also in Chapter 4, "The Impact of the Media," raises the question of how talk radio, the Rush Limbaugh show in particular, has mobilized American Republican voters over the past several years. The Sixth Edition includes Internet references at the end of each chapter, complete coverage of the 2000 presidential election, and September 11.

Table of Contents

Preface xi
About the Author xiii
What Should we Know About American Government?
1(8)
The Meanings of Democracy
5(1)
Representative Democracy
6(2)
Suggested Readings
8(1)
The Constitution
9(25)
The Problem of Liberty
9(1)
Human Nature
9(2)
The Real Revolution
11(1)
The Articles of Confederation
11(1)
The Constitutional Convention
12(7)
The Constitution and Democracy
19(4)
The Constitution and Liberty
23(3)
The Constitution and Slavery
26(2)
Political Ideals or Economic Interests?
28(1)
Liberty and Equality
29(1)
A Recipe for Moderation
29(2)
Summary
31(1)
World Wide Web: The Constitution
32(1)
Suggested Readings
32(2)
Federalism
34(24)
Governmental Structure
35(2)
Federalism: Good or Bad?
37(1)
The Founding
38(1)
The Evolving Meaning of Federalism
39(3)
The Division of Powers: Federal and State
42(1)
Fiscal Federalism
43(8)
Federal Aid and Federal Control
51(3)
Federalism and Public Policy
54(1)
Evaluating Federalism
55(1)
Summary
56(1)
World Wide Web: Federalism
57(1)
Suggested Readings
57(1)
Public Opinion and the Media
58(39)
What Is Public Opinion?
60(1)
Why Do We Distrust the Federal Government?
61(2)
The Origins of Political Attitudes
63(10)
Political Ideology
73(4)
Political Elites and the New Class
77(1)
The Impact of the Media
78(3)
The Structure of the Media
81(3)
Rules Governing the Media
84(2)
Government and the News
86(2)
Interpreting Political News
88(1)
Are News Stories Slanted?
89(5)
Summary
94(1)
World Wide Web: Public Opinion and the Media
95(1)
Suggested Readings
96(1)
Political Parties and Interest Groups
97(38)
Parties---Here and Abroad
97(4)
The National Party Structure Today
101(4)
State and Local Parties
105(4)
The Two-Party System
109(3)
Nominating a President
112(3)
Do the Parties Differ?
115(2)
Interest Groups and Political Parties
117(2)
Kinds of Organizations
119(3)
Funds for Interest Groups
122(1)
The Problem of Bias
123(1)
The Activities of Interest Groups
124(6)
Regulating Interest Groups
130(2)
Summary
132(1)
World Wide Web: Political Parties and Interest Groups
133(1)
Suggested Readings
133(2)
Campaigns and Elections
135(42)
Political Participation
136(2)
Historical Voting Patterns
138(3)
Explaining---and Improving---Turnout
141(2)
Political Campaigns
143(6)
The Effects of Campaigns
149(5)
How to Win the Election
154(3)
Election Outcomes
157(6)
Modern Technology and Political Campaigns
163(2)
Elections and Money
165(6)
The Effects of Elections on Policy
171(3)
Summary
174(1)
World Wide Web: Campaigns and Elections
175(1)
Suggested Readings
175(2)
Congress
177(41)
The Evolution of Congress
179(2)
Who Is in Congress?
181(3)
Getting Elected to Congress
184(1)
The Organization of Congress: Parties and Interests
185(6)
The Organization of Congress: Committees
191(5)
The Organization of Congress: Staffs and Specialized Offices
196(2)
How a Bill Becomes Law
198(6)
How Members of Congress Vote
204(3)
A Polarized Congress in an Unpolarized Nation
207(1)
What It All Means
208(1)
Ethics and Congress
209(3)
The Power of Congress
212(3)
Summary
215(1)
World Wide Web: Congress
216(1)
Suggested Readings
216(2)
The Presidency
218(37)
The Powers of the President
220(1)
The Evolution of the Presidency
221(4)
The Modern Presidency
225(4)
Who Gets Appointed
229(4)
Presidential Character
233(4)
The Power to Say No
237(2)
The President's Program
239(2)
Presidential Transitions
241(3)
The President and Public Policy
244(8)
Summary
252(1)
World Wide Web: The Presidency
253(1)
Suggested Readings
253(2)
The Bureaucracy
255(25)
Distinctiveness of the American Bureaucracy
255(1)
The Growth of the Bureaucracy
256(4)
The Federal Bureaucracy Today
260(12)
Congressional Oversight
272(3)
Bureaucratic ``Pathologies''
275(2)
Reinventing Government
277(1)
Summary
278(1)
World Wide Web: The Bureaucracy
279(1)
Suggested Readings
279(1)
The Judiciary
280(32)
The Development of the Federal Courts
282(5)
The Structure of the Federal Courts
287(3)
The Jurisdiction of the Federal Courts
290(4)
Getting to Court
294(4)
The Supreme Court in Action
298(3)
The Power of the Courts
301(5)
Checks on Judicial Power
306(3)
Summary
309(1)
World Wide Web: The Judiciary
310(1)
Suggested Readings
310(2)
Civil Liberties and Civil Rights
312(35)
Freedom of Expression
316(5)
Church and State
321(4)
Crime and Due Process
325(7)
Terrorism and Civil Liberties
332(1)
Equal Protection of the Laws
333(12)
Summary
345(1)
World Wide Web: Policy Making
346(1)
Suggested Readings
346(1)
Politics and Public Policy
347(13)
How the American System Affects Policy Making
348(2)
How Things Get Done
350(1)
Four Kinds of Political Coalitions
351(6)
Some Cautionary Remarks
357(1)
Summary
358(1)
World Wide Web: Policy Making
359(1)
Suggested Readings
359(1)
American Government: Continuity and Change
360(18)
Restraints on Growth
362(2)
Relaxing the Restraints
364(6)
Can or Should We Go Back to the Old Politics?
370(1)
Should the Constitutional System Be Changed?
371(7)
Appendix 378(39)
References 417(17)
Glossary 434(15)
Credits 449(2)
Index 451


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