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Table of Contents
List of Figures xvii
List of Tables xx
Preface to the Eighth Edition xxii
1 Government and the People in a Polarized Society 1
2 Beliefs, Values and American Society 6
3 Constitutional Government 41
4 Federalism and Intergovernmental Relations 63
5 American Political Parties and the Politics of Polarization 86
6 Elections and Political Participation 111
7 The Media and American Politics 146
8 Congress I: The People’s Branch? 160
9 Congress II: Functions and Powers – The Broken Branch? 183
10 The Presidency I: Powers and Selection 212
11 The Presidency II: The President as Chief Executive 232
12 Bureaucratic Power: Federal Departments and Agencies 256
13 The Security State 278
14 Organized Interests: The Real Power? 291
15 The Supreme Court and Judicial Politics 315
16 Regulating Morality: Civil Rights, Liberties and the Conscience Issues 345
17 Social Policy in America: Self-Reliance and State Dependence 364
18 Managing Economic Change 377
19 Environmental Politics 397
20 The American World Role 411
21 The American Political System in an Uncertain World 425
Appendix: The Constitution of the United States 449