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America's New Democracy (Penguin), Election Update,9780321291547

America's New Democracy (Penguin), Election Update

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Edition:
2nd
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9780321291547

ISBN10:
0321291549
Format:
Paperback
Pub. Date:
1/1/2005
Publisher(s):
Longman
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Summary

The election update of this brief, highly affordable (Penguin Academic series) book includes new discussions about the 2004 elections and other recent current events, such as American foreign policy in the Middle East. Written in a strong narrative voice and brimming with student-relevant examples, the second edition of America's 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 themethat elections matter more in America's political system today than they have in the pastthe book challenges the pessimistic view that government seldom listens to ordinary people. America's 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(86)
CHAPTER 1 DEMOCRACY IN THE UNITED STATES
2(25)
A Unique Conception of Democracy
6(4)
Elections Are Plentiful
10(4)
The Permanent Campaign
14(6)
Evaluating America's New Democracy
20(2)
Shock to the System
22(3)
Key Terms
25(1)
Suggested Readings
25(1)
On the Web
26(1)
CHAPTER 2 THE U.S.CONSTITUTION
27(29)
Influences on the U.S. Constitution
31(9)
The Constitutional Convention
40(7)
The First National Election
47(3)
Election Connection: James Madison's House Campaign and the Bill of Rights
50(1)
Evaluating the Constitution
51(2)
Election Connection: George Washington Is Elected
53(1)
Chapter Summary
53(1)
Key Terms
54(1)
Suggested Readings
55(1)
On the Web
55(1)
CHAPTER 3 FEDERALISM
56(31)
The Federalism Debate
60(3)
Election Connection: The Nullification Doctrine
63(11)
State and Local Government
74(8)
Aftershock: The State Budget Crunch
82(3)
Chapter Summary
85(1)
Key Terms
85(1)
Suggested Readings
86(1)
On the Web
86(1)
PART TWO CHANNELS OF INFLUENCE IN AMERICAS NEW DEMOCRACY 87(190)
CHAPTER 4 AMERICAN POLITICAL CULTURE
88(32)
Social Diversity
91(2)
Election Connection: The Mormons and Illinois Elections
93(8)
Philosophical Unity
101(12)
Why a Liberal Political Culture?
113(2)
Aftershock: Closing the Doors Again
115(3)
Chapter Summary
118(1)
Key Terms
118(1)
Suggested Readings
118(1)
On the Web
119(1)
CHAPTER 5 UBLIC OPINION AND THE MEDIA
120(50)
Sources of Public Opinion
122(2)
Measuring Public Opinion
124(2)
Election Connection: The 2000 Florida Debacle
126(8)
Governing by Public Opinion?
134(12)
Media Influence on Public Opinion
146(14)
Mass Media and the Election Connection
160(1)
Election Connection: The Whole World Was Watching
161(5)
Chapter Summary
166(1)
Key Terms
167(1)
On the Web
168(1)
Suggested Readings
168(2)
CHAPTER 6 INDIVIDUAL PARTICIPATION
170(25)
A Brief History of the Franchise in the United States
173(3)
International Comparisons of Voter Turnout
176(3)
Why Americans Vote Less Often Than in the Past
179(2)
Election Connection: The Critical Election of 2000
181(4)
Is Low Turnout a Problem?
185(6)
Outside the Voting Booth
191(2)
Chapter Summary
193(1)
Key Terms
193(1)
Suggested Readings
193(1)
On the Web
194(1)
CHAPTER 7 NATIONAL ELECTIONS
195(41)
Voting Behavior: The Importance of Elections
199(10)
Election Connection: The Political Death of MMM
209(5)
Can Reforms Improve the System?
214(19)
Chapter Summary
233(1)
Key Terms
233(1)
On the Web
234(1)
Suggested Readings
234(2)
CHAPTER 8 POLITICAL PARTIES AND INTEREST GROUPS
236(41)
Political Parties: A Necessary Evil?
239(3)
Election Connection: Third Parties and the 2000 Election
242(14)
Parties Versus Interest Groups
256(1)
Interest Groups: A Biased Chorus?
257(11)
Election Connection: Making Soft Money Harder to Use
268(6)
Chapter Summary
274(1)
Key Terms
275(1)
Suggested Readings
275(1)
On the Web
276(1)
PART THREE THE INSTITUTIONS OF AMERICAS NEW DEMOCRACY 277(152)
CHAPTER 9 THE CONGRESS
278(33)
Congress-The First Branch
282(1)
The Organization of Congress
283(6)
Election Connection: The Jeffords Defection
289(5)
How a Bill Becomes a Law
294(4)
The Congressional Career
298(4)
Evaluating Congress
302(2)
Election Connection: The Mystery of the Misspent Money
304(5)
Chapter Summary
309(1)
Key Terms
309(1)
Suggested Readings
310(1)
On the Web
310(1)
CHAPTER 10 THE PRESIDENCY
311(38)
The President's Growing Responsibilities
314(2)
The President's Limited Powers
316(18)
The Presidential Advisers
334(3)
The Two Presidencies
337(1)
Evaluating Presidents
338(3)
Election Connection: Political Time
341(2)
Aftershock: Unified in the Face of Terror
343(3)
Chapter Summary
346(1)
Key Terms
347(1)
Suggested Readings
347(1)
On the Web
348(1)
CHAPTER 11 THE BUREAUCRACY
349(45)
Structure of the Federal Bureaucracy
356(1)
Why the Bureaucracy Is Unresponsive
357(7)
Outside Influences on the Executive Branch
364(7)
Policy Implementation
371(3)
Election Connection: The Spotted Owl Dispute
374(14)
Aftershock: Homeland Security
388(4)
Chapter Summary
392(1)
Key Terms
392(1)
Suggested Readings
392(1)
On the Web
393(1)
CHAPTER 12 THE JUDICIARY
394(35)
The Federal Court System
397(13)
Election Connection: The Birth of Borking
410(2)
The Power of Judicial Review
412(10)
Election Connection: FDR's Court-Packing Plan
422(2)
State Courts
424(3)
Chapter Summary
427(1)
Key Terms
427(1)
Suggested Readings
427(1)
On the Web
428(1)
PART FOUR OUTPUTS FROM AMERICA'S NEW DEMOCRACY 429
CHAPTER 13 CIVIL LIBERTIES
430(35)
Origins of Civil Liberties in the United States
434(1)
Selective Incorporation
435(1)
Freedom of Expression
436(6)
Freedom of Religion
442(5)
Election Connection: The Politics of School Vouchers
447(1)
The Right to Privacy
448(3)
Criminal Justice
451(8)
Aftershock: The Patriot Act of 2001
459(3)
Chapter Summary
462(1)
Key Terms
462(1)
On the Web
463(1)
Suggested Readings
463(2)
CHAPTER 14 CIVIL RIGHTS
465(36)
Civil Rights: More Than Just a Race Thing
469(2)
African Americans and the Importance of Voting Rights
471(13)
Election Connection: Affirmative Action Redistricting
484(1)
The Civil Rights of Ethnic Minorities
484(5)
Gender, Sexuality, and Civil Rights
489(5)
Rights of Americans with Disabilities
494(2)
Aftershock: The New Racial Profiling
496(1)
Chapter Summary
497(1)
Key Terms
497(2)
On the Web
499(1)
Suggested Readings
499(2)
CHAPTER 15 PUBLIC POLICY
501
Setting Public Policy
504(2)
Domestic Policy
506(9)
Economic Policy
515(9)
Election Connection: George W. Bush and U.S. Steel Policy
524(5)
Foreign and Defense Policy
529(3)
Aftershock: The Bush Doctrine
532(2)
Chapter Summary
534(1)
Key Terms
535(1)
Suggested Readings
535(1)
On the Web
536
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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