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America's New Democracy (Penguin Academic Series)

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Edition:
3rd
ISBN13:

9780321355232

ISBN10:
0321355237
Format:
Paperback
Pub. Date:
1/1/2006
Publisher(s):
Longman

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Summary

The new edition of this highly affordable Penguin Academic Series book provides a lively, engaging introduction to American government that is more streamlined than ever before. Written in a strong narrative voice and brimming with student-relevant examples, Americas New Democracy provides 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 Americas 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. Americas New Democracy encourages readers to see that in a system where votes are the main currency, both power and responsibility rest on the shoulders of all citizens.

Table of Contents

Preface xvii
PART ONE FOUNDATIONS OF AMERICAS NEW DEMOCRACY 1(62)
CHAPTER 1 DEMOCRACY IN THE UNITED STATES
2(18)
A Unique Conception of Democracy
6(3)
Elections Are Plentiful
9(2)
The Permanent Campaign
11(6)
Evaluating America's New Democracy
17(1)
Key Terms
18(1)
Suggested Readings
19(1)
On the Web
19(1)
CHAPTER 2 THE U.S. CONSTITUTION
20(20)
Influences on the U.S. Constitution
23(6)
The Constitutional Convention
29(5)
The First National Election
34(2)
Evaluating the Constitution
36(2)
Chapter Summary
38(1)
Key Terms
39(1)
Suggested Readings
39(1)
On the Web
39(1)
CHAPTER 3 FEDERALISM
40(23)
The Trend Toward Centralized Government
44(8)
State and Local Government
52(8)
Chapter Summary
60(2)
Key Terms
62(1)
Suggested Readings
62(1)
On the Web
62(1)
PART TWO CHANNELS OF INFLUENCE IN AMERICAS NEW DEMOCRACY 63(162)
CHAPTER 4 AMERICAN POLITICAL CULTURE
64(27)
Social Diversity
67(8)
Philosophical Unity
75(10)
Why a Liberal Political Culture?
85(4)
Chapter Summary
89(1)
Key Terms
89(1)
Suggested Readings
89(1)
On the Web
90(1)
CHAPTER 5 PUBLIC OPINION AND THE MEDIA
91(43)
Sources of Public Opinion
93(2)
Measuring Public Opinion
95(8)
Governing by Public Opinion?
103(10)
Media Influence on Public Opinion
113(13)
Mass Media and the Election Connection
126(5)
Chapter Summary
131(1)
Key Terms
132(1)
Suggested Readings
132(1)
On the Web
133(1)
CHAPTER 6 INDIVIDUAL PARTICIPATION
134(23)
A Brief History of the Franchise in the United States
136(3)
International Comparisons of Voter Turnout
139(3)
Why Americans Vote Less Often Than in the Past
142(6)
Is Low Turnout a Problem?
148(4)
Outside the Voting Booth
152(3)
Chapter Summary
155(1)
Key Terms
155(1)
Suggested Readings
155(1)
On the Web
156(1)
CHAPTER 7 NATIONAL ELECTIONS
157(37)
Voting Behavior: The Importance of Elections
160(14)
Can Reforms Improve the System?
174(17)
Chapter Summary
191(1)
Key Terms
191(1)
Suggested Readings
192(1)
On the Web
193(1)
CHAPTER 8 POLITICAL PARTIES AND INTEREST GROUPS
194(31)
Political Parties: A Necessary Evil?
197(13)
Parties Versus Interest Groups
210(1)
Interest Groups: A Biased Chorus?
211(12)
Chapter Summary
223(1)
Key Terms
223(1)
Suggested Readings
224(1)
On the Web
224(1)
PART THREE THE INSTITUTIONS OF AMERICA'S NEW DEMOCRACY 225(122)
CHAPTER 9 THE CONGRESS
226(27)
The Organization of Congress
229(7)
How a Bill Becomes a Law
236(5)
The Congressional Career
241(5)
Evaluating Congress
246(4)
Chapter Summary
250(1)
Key Terms
251(1)
Suggested Readings
251(1)
On the Web
252(1)
CHAPTER 10 THE PRESIDENCY
253(31)
The President's Growing Responsibilities
256(2)
The President's Limited Powers
258(16)
The Presidential Advisers
274(3)
The Two Presidencies
277(2)
Evaluating Presidents
279(2)
Chapter Summary
281(1)
Key Terms
282(1)
Suggested Readings
282(1)
On the Web
283(1)
CHAPTER 11 THE BUREAUCRACY
284(34)
Structure of the Federal Bureaucracy
289(1)
Why the Bureaucracy Is Unresponsive
290(7)
Outside Influences on the Executive Branch
297(6)
Policy Implementation
303(12)
Chapter Summary
315(1)
Key Terms
316(1)
Suggested Readings
316(1)
On the Web
317(1)
CHAPTER 12 THE JUDICIARY
318(29)
The Federal Court System
320(13)
The Power of Judicial Review
333(9)
State Courts
342(2)
Chapter Summary
344(1)
Key Terms
345(1)
Suggested Readings
345(1)
On the Web
346(1)
PART FOUR OUTPUTS FROM AMERICA'S NEW DEMOCRACY 347
CHAPTER 13 CIVIL LIBERTIES
348(29)
Origins of Civil Liberties in the United States
352(1)
Selective Incorporation
353(1)
Freedom of Expression
354(5)
Freedom of Religion
359(5)
The Right to Privacy
364(3)
Criminal Justice
367(7)
Chapter Summary
374(1)
Key Terms
375(1)
Suggested Readings
375(1)
On the Web
376(1)
CHAPTER 14 CIVIL RIGHTS
377(30)
Civil Rights: More Than Just a Race Thing
381(2)
African Americans and the Importance of Voting Rights
383(11)
The Civil Rights of Ethnic Minorities
394(2)
Gender, Sexuality, and Civil Rights
396(5)
Rights of Americans with Disabilities
401(2)
Chapter Summary
403(1)
Key Terms
403(2)
Suggested Readings
405(1)
On the Web
406(1)
CHAPTER 15 PUBLIC POLICY
407
Setting Public Policy
410(1)
Domestic Policy
411(10)
Economic Policy
421(10)
Foreign and Defense Policy
431(4)
Chapter Summary
435(1)
Key Terms
435(1)
Suggested Readings
436(1)
On the Web
437
APPENDIX A-1
The Declaration of Independence
A-3
The Constitution of the United States of America
A-7
The Federalist No. 10
A-25
The Federalist No. 51
A-31
Presidents of the United States
A-35
Glossary G-1
Endnotes E-1
Photo Credits C-1
Name Index NI-1
Subject Index SI-1


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