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America's Democratic Republic, Penguin Academics Series

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Edition:
2nd
ISBN13:

9780321431332

ISBN10:
0321431332
Format:
Paperback
Pub. Date:
1/1/2007
Publisher(s):
Longman

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Summary

Written in a lively, narrative style and presenting a provocative point-of-view, this book gets to the heart of Americansrs" frustrations with our government. Acknowledging that cynicism tends to make people withdraw from civic life, this book examines why our government can seem so unsatisfactory, identifying the heart of the American political system: strong democratic aspirations among our citizens clashing with the republican constitutional foundations on which the country is based.DEMOCRATIC ASPIRATIONS, REPUBLICAN CONSTITUTIONAL FOUNDATIONS; POLITICAL INSTITUTIONS: A HELP OR HINDRANCE TO DEMOCRACY?; GOVERNMENT INSTITUTIONS; WHAT GOVERNMENT DOES: PUBLIC POLICIES.Anyone interested in understanding our government and why Americans are cynical about government.

Table of Contents

Democratic Aspirations, Republican Constitutional Foundations
The American Democratic Republic
The Constitution
Federalism
Political Institutions
Civil Liberties
Civil Rights
Public Opinion and Political Learning
The News Media
Interest Groups
Political Parties
Elections and Citizen Participation
Government Institutions
Congress
The Presidency
The Federal Bureacracy
The Courts
What Government Does
Domestic Policy
Foreign Policy and National Defense
Appendices
The Declaration of Independence
The Constitution of the United States
The Federalist Papers, Nox. 10, 51, & 78 Presidents and Congresses, 1789-2005
Chief Justices of the Supreme Court, 1789-2004
Glossary
Credits
Index
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