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Known for its student friendly, Jargon-free style, American Government: Policy and Politics, Tenth Edition, introduces the essentials of American government in a way that all students can understand and appreciate.

Table of Contents

To the Instructorp. xv
To the Studentp. xxi
Introduction Government, Politics, and the Policymaking Processp. 1
Learning Outcomesp. 1
The Importance of Governmentp. 2
Government and Politicsp. 3
The Public Policy Approachp. 5
Getting Involved: Government and Youp. 9
Key Termsp. 10
Notesp. 10
A Changing America in a Changing Worldp. 13
Learning Outcomesp. 13
Political Culturep. 15
The International Environmentp. 17
The Demographic Environmentp. 18
Global Perspective: Immigration Policy and Politics in Francep. 22
The Economic Environmentp. 23
Conclusion: The Cultural, International, and Socioeconomic Context for Policymakingp. 27
Getting Involved: A Changing Nation, Changing Communitiesp. 28
Key Termsp. 30
Notesp. 30
The American Constitutionp. 33
Learning Outcomesp. 33
The Background of the Constitutionp. 35
Constitutional Principlesp. 40
The Living Constitutionp. 47
Global Perspective: The British Parliamentary Systemp. 49
The Constitution, Politics, and Public Policyp. 52
Conclusion: The Constitutional Environment for Policymakingp. 54
Getting Involved: Service Learningp. 55
Key Termsp. 56
Notesp. 57
The Federal Systemp. 59
Learning Outcomesp. 59
The Constitutional Basis of Federalismp. 61
Federal Grant Programsp. 70
Global Perspective: Education Policy and Federalism in Germanyp. 73
Conclusion: Federalism and Public Policyp. 75
Getting Involved: Federal Programs and Youp. 77
Key Termsp. 79
Notesp. 79
Public Opinionp. 81
Learning Outcomesp. 81
Political Socializationp. 83
Measuring Public Opinionp. 89
Political Knowledgep. 94
Support for Democratic Principlesp. 95
Global Perspective: Civil Unions in Denmarkp. 98
Political Trust and Political Legitimacyp. 99
Political Efficacyp. 99
Political Philosophyp. 100
Conclusion: Public Opinion and Public Policyp. 106
Getting Involved: Family Politicsp. 107
Key Termsp. 109
Notesp. 109
Political Participationp. 113
Learning Outcomesp. 113
Forms of Participationp. 114
Explaining Participationp. 116
Patterns of Participationp. 117
Nonvotersp. 120
Trends in Voter Turnoutp. 121
Participation Rates in Comparative Perspectivep. 121
Increasing Voter Turnoutp. 123
Global Perspective: Compulsory Voting in Australiap. 124
Participation Biasp. 125
Conclusion: Political Participation and Public Policyp. 127
Getting Involved: Registering to Votep. 128
Key Termsp. 129
Notesp. 129
The Mediap. 133
Learning Outcomesp. 133
The Media Landscapep. 135
Global Perspective: Government Control of the Media in Cubap. 137
Government Regulation of the News Mediap. 137
Covering the Newsp. 141
Media Biasesp. 144
Conclusion: The Media and Public Policyp. 145
Getting Involved: Favorite News and Information Linksp. 146
Key Termsp. 147
Notesp. 147
Interest Groupsp. 149
Learning Outcomesp. 149
Why People Join Groupsp. 151
Types of Interest Groupsp. 152
Global Perspective: Church and State in Mexicop. 156
Interest Group Tacticsp. 160
Getting Involved: Participating in a Student Groupp. 167
The Strength of Interest Groupsp. 168
Conclusion: Interest Groups and Public Policyp. 170
Key Termsp. 172
Notesp. 172
Political Partiesp. 175
Learning Outcomesp. 175
The Party Systemp. 176
Global Perspective: The Israeli Party Systemp. 178
Party Organizationp. 179
Political Cycles and Party Realignmentp. 182
The Party Balance: Democrats, Republicans, and Independentsp. 183
Voting Patternsp. 184
Issue Orientationp. 189
Divided Governmentp. 192
Conclusion: Political Parties and Public Policyp. 195
Getting Involved: Party Politics at the Grassrootsp. 196
Key Termsp. 197
Notesp. 197
Electionsp. 199
Learning Outcomesp. 199
Types of Electionsp. 200
Election Districts and Redistrictingp. 202
Election Campaignsp. 206
Congressional Electionsp. 213
Global Perspective: Legislative Elections in Brazilp. 215
Presidential Electionsp. 216
The Voters Decidep. 236
Conclusion: Elections and Public Policyp. 237
Getting Involved: In-Person Politicsp. 238
Key Termsp. 240
Notesp. 240
Congressp. 245
Learning Outcomesp. 245
Bicameralismp. 247
Membershipp. 248
Organizationp. 254
Global Perspective: The Indian Parliamentp. 259
The Legislative Processp. 261
Getting Involved: Sending E-Mail to Your U.S. Representativep. 273
Conclusion: Congress and Public Policyp. 273
Key Termsp. 274
Notesp. 275
The Presidencyp. 277
Learning Outcomesp. 277
The Constitutional Presidencyp. 279
Presidential Powersp. 286
Two Presidencies Thesisp. 293
The Development of the Modern Presidencyp. 293
The Organization of the Presidencyp. 295
Global Perspective: The Russian Presidencyp. 298
Theories of Presidential Leadershipp. 300
Presidential Popularityp. 304
The Presidency in Contextp. 306
Getting Involved: Why Do They Run?p. 307
Conclusion: The Presidency and Public Policyp. 308
Key Termsp. 309
Notesp. 310
The Federal Bureaucracyp. 313
Learning Outcomesp. 313
Organization of the Bureaucracyp. 315
Personnelp. 321
Rulemakingp. 324
Politics and Administrationp. 325
Global Perspective: The Egyptian Bureaucracyp. 330
Subgovernments and Issue Networksp. 331
Conclusion: The Federal Bureaucracy and Public Policyp. 333
Getting Involved: Working for Uncle Samp. 334
Key Termsp. 335
Notesp. 336
The Federal Courtsp. 339
Learning Outcomesp. 339
Judicial Policymakingp. 340
Political History of the Supreme Courtp. 341
The Federal Court Systemp. 345
Global Perspective: Islamic Law in Nigeriap. 356
Power, Politics, and the Courtsp. 360
Conclusion: The Courts and Public Policyp. 362
Getting Involved: A Day in Courtp. 363
Key Termsp. 364
Notesp. 364
Economic Policymakingp. 367
Learning Outcomesp. 367
The Goals of Economic Policyp. 369
Global Perspective: Healthcare in Canadap. 373
Tax Revenuesp. 374
Budget Deficits and Surplusesp. 381
Government Expendituresp. 383
Fiscal Policymakingp. 391
Monetary Policymakingp. 393
Conclusion: Economic Policymakingp. 394
Getting Involved: Tax Breaks for College Studentsp. 397
Key Termsp. 398
Notesp. 399
Civil Liberties Policymakingp. 401
Learning Outcomesp. 401
The Constitutional Basis of Civil Liberties Policymakingp. 403
Civil Liberties Issues and Policiesp. 405
Global Perspective: Population Policy in Chinap. 406
Getting Involved: Talking About Mirandap. 425
Conclusion: Civil Liberties Policymakingp. 426
Key Termsp. 428
Notesp. 429
Civil Rights Policymakingp. 431
Learning Outcomesp. 431
The Constitutional Basis of Civil Rights Policymakingp. 432
Civil Rights Issues and Policiesp. 433
Global Perspective: Women's Rights in Saudi Arabiap. 441
Getting Involved: Voices from the Pastp. 453
Conclusion: Civil Rights Policymakingp. 453
Key Termsp. 458
Notesp. 458
Foreign and Defense Policymakingp. 461
Learning Outcomesp. 461
The International Communityp. 464
The Ends and Means of American Foreign and Defense Policyp. 466
The History of American Foreign Policyp. 470
Foreign Policyp. 478
Defense Policyp. 480
Global Perspective: Nuclear Weapons in Pakistanp. 482
Conclusion: Foreign and Defense Policymakingp. 484
Getting Involved: America in the Eyes of the Worldp. 485
Key Termsp. 490
Notesp. 491
Appendixp. 493
Glossaryp. 517
Photo Creditsp. 530
Indexp. 531
Practice TestsPT-1
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