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America's New Democracy,9780205662937

America's New Democracy

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This concise, highly affordable text provides an engaging, analytical approach to American Government that stresses the importance of elections in contemporary American politics. Written in a strong narrative voice and brimming with student-relevant examples, Americars"s New Democracyprovides a focused and stimulating treatment of politics in the United States. Illustrating popular influence across the political system in defense of a central theme-that elections matter more in Americars"s political system today than they have in the past or do in other democracies-the book challenges the pessimistic view that government seldom listens to ordinary people.Americars"s New Democracyencourages readers to see that in a system where votes are the main currency, both power and responsibility rest on the shoulders ofallcitizens.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. xix
Foundations of America's New Democracyp. 1
Democracy in the United Statesp. 3
A Unique Conception of Democracyp. 5
Elections Are Plentifulp. 9
The Permanent Campaignp. 12
Evaluating America's New Democracyp. 20
Chapter Summaryp. 21
Key Termsp. 21
Suggested Readingsp. 22
On the Webp. 22
The U.S. Constitutionp. 23
Influences on the U.S. Constitutionp. 26
The Constitutional Conventionp. 31
The First National Electionp. 38
Evaluating the Constitutionp. 40
Chapter Summaryp. 42
Key Termsp. 43
Suggested Readingsp. 43
On the Webp. 44
Federalismp. 45
The Trend Toward Centralized Governmentp. 47
State and Local Governmentp. 56
Chapter Summaryp. 66
Key Termsp. 67
Suggested Readingsp. 67
On the Webp. 67
Channels of Influence in America's New Democracyp. 69
American Political Culturep. 71
Social Diversityp. 74
Philosophical Unityp. 84
Why a Liberal Political Culture?p. 93
Chapter Summaryp. 96
Key Termsp. 97
Suggested Readingsp. 97
On the Webp. 97
Public Opinionp. 98
Sources of Public Opinionp. 100
Measuring Public Opinionp. 101
Governing by Public Opinion?p. 109
Chapter Summaryp. 119
Key Termsp. 120
Suggested Readingsp. 120
On the Webp. 120
The Mediap. 122
Media Influence on Public Opinionp. 124
Mass Media and the Election Connectionp. 136
Chapter Summaryp. 141
Key Termsp. 142
Suggested Readingsp. 142
On the Webp. 142
Individual Participationp. 143
A Brief History of the Franchise in the United Statesp. 145
International Comparisons of Voter Turnoutp. 148
Why Americans Vote Less Often Than in the Pastp. 153
Is Low Turnout a Problem?p. 158
Outside the Voting Boothp. 163
Chapter Summaryp. 164
Key Termsp. 165
Suggested Readingsp. 165
On the Webp. 166
National Electionsp. 167
Voting Behavior: The Importance of Electionsp. 170
Can Reforms Improve the System?p. 182
Chapter Summaryp. 199
Key Termsp. 200
Suggested Readingsp. 200
On the Webp. 201
Political Parties and Interest Groupsp. 202
Political Parties: A Necessary Evil?p. 204
Parties Versus Interest Groupsp. 217
Interest Groups: A Biased Chorus?p. 217
Chapter Summaryp. 231
Key Termsp. 232
Suggested Readingsp. 232
On the Webp. 233
The Institutions of America's New Democracyp. 235
The Congressp. 237
The Organization of Congressp. 239
How a Bill Becomes a Lawp. 252
The Congressional Careerp. 255
Evaluating Congressp. 258
Chapter Summaryp. 263
Key Termsp. 263
Suggested Readingsp. 263
On the Webp. 264
The Presidencyp. 265
Presidential Constituenciesp. 267
The President's Limited Powersp. 270
The Presidential Advisersp. 285
The Two Presidenciesp. 289
Evaluating Presidentsp. 292
Chapter Summaryp. 295
Key Termsp. 295
Suggested Readingsp. 296
On the Webp. 296
The Bureaucracyp. 297
Structure of the Federal Bureaucracyp. 301
America's Particularly Political Bureaucracyp. 302
Outside Influences on the Executive Branchp. 309
Policy Implementationp. 317
Chapter Summaryp. 329
Key Termsp. 329
Suggested Readingsp. 330
On the Webp. 330
The Judiciaryp. 331
The Federal Court Systemp. 333
The Power of Judicial Reviewp. 345
State Courtsp. 355
Chapter Summaryp. 358
Key Termsp. 359
Suggested Readingsp. 359
On the Webp. 359
Outputs from America's New Democracyp. 361
Civil Libertiesp. 363
Origins of Civil Liberties in the United Statesp. 366
Selective Incorporationp. 366
Freedom of Expressionp. 368
Freedom of Religionp. 374
The Right to Privacyp. 379
Criminal Justicep. 382
Chapter Summaryp. 388
Key Termsp. 388
Suggested Readingsp. 389
On the Webp. 389
Civil Rightsp. 390
Civil Rights: More Than Just a Race Thingp. 393
African Americans and the Importance of Voting Rightsp. 395
The Civil Rights of Ethnic Minoritiesp. 407
Gender, Sexuality, and Civil Rightsp. 410
Rights of Americans with Disabilitiesp. 414
Chapter Summaryp. 417
Key Termsp. 417
Suggested Readingsp. 417
On the Webp. 418
Public Policyp. 419
Setting Public Policyp. 421
Domestic Policyp. 423
Economic Policyp. 431
Foreign and Defense Policyp. 441
Chapter Summaryp. 447
Key Termsp. 447
Suggested Readingsp. 447
On the Webp. 448
Appendixp. 449
The Declaration of Independencep. 449
The Constitution of the United States of Americap. 453
The Federalist No. 10p. 472
The Federalist No. 51p. 478
Presidents of the United Statesp. 482
Glossaryp. 484
Endnotesp. 501
Photo Creditsp. 549
Name Indexp. 551
Subject Indexp. 557
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