Updated in its 14thedition, American Governmentprovides a concise overview of the American political system and its institutions using the Constitution as a backdrop and touchstone in every chapter. Concentrating on the most significant issues necessary to understanding American government, this book is specifically structured to engage today's readers through a concise, stimulating style that is free of ideological and political bias.
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