9780321112378

America's Democratic Republic

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  • ISBN13:

    9780321112378

  • ISBN10:

    0321112377

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 12/1/2004
  • Publisher: Pearson College Div
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Summary

America's Democratic Republic is part of the highly popular Penguin Academic Series, which offers accessibly written, elegantly designed, and highly affordable trade-format books by pre-eminent scholars. Written with a lively, narrative style and constructed around a single story line, this text gets to the heart of American's frustrations with our government. Acknowledging that citizens' cynicism tends to make people withdraw from civic life, this text examines why our government can seem so unsatisfactory, identifying the heart of the American political system: strong democratic aspirations among the general public conflicting with the republican constitutional foundations on which the country is based.

Table of Contents

Democratic Aspirations, Republican Constitutional Foundations
Democracy
The Constitution
Federalism
Political Institutions: A Help Or Hindrance To Democracy?
Public Opinion
The News Media
Interest Groups
Mass Movements
Political Parties
Elections and Participation
Government Institutions: How Much Have Their Republican Constitutional Foundations Been Democratized?
Congress
The Presidency
The Supreme Court
What Government Does: Public Policies In The American Democratic Republic
Civil Liberties
Civil Rights
Domestic Policy
Foreign and Military Policy
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