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The Basics Of American Politics,9780321317957

The Basics Of American Politics

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Edition:
12th
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9780321317957

ISBN10:
0321317955
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Paperback
Pub. Date:
1/1/2006
Publisher(s):
Longman
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Summary

This brief no-nonsense introduction to American government has been a long-time student favorite because of its lively approach to the basics.

Table of Contents

Preface vii
Chapter 1 What Is Politics? 1(14)
The First Day of Class
2(1)
Politics and Power
3(3)
The Need for Government
6(3)
The Study of Politics
9(3)
What Is This Book About?
12(2)
Thought Questions
14(1)
Suggested Readings
14(1)
Chapter 2 The Constitution: Rules of the Game 15(28)
The Second Day of Class
16(1)
Background to the Constitution
17(7)
Four Major Constitutional Principles
24(9)
How Is the Constitution Changed?
33(3)
Why Has the Constitution Survived?
36(2)
Case Study: Federalism at 55 MPH
38(2)
Wrap-Up
40(2)
Thought Questions
42(1)
Suggested Readings
42(1)
Chapter 3 The Executive Branch: The Presidency and Bureaucracy 43(42)
The President and the Constitution
46(2)
History of the Presidency
48(4)
Types of Presidents
52(12)
The President and the Public
64(3)
The Federal Bureaucracy
67(7)
Problems of Bureaucracy
74(5)
Case Study: September 11: A President's Trial by Fire
79(3)
Wrap-Up
82(1)
Thought Questions
83(1)
Suggested Readings
84(1)
Chapter 4 The Legislative Branch: Congress 85(38)
Makeup of the Senate and House
87(10)
How Congress Works
97(2)
The Committee System
99(14)
Other Powers of Congress
113(2)
Case Study: Campaign Finance Reform
115(3)
Wrap-Up
118(2)
Thought Questions
120(1)
Suggested Readings
120(3)
Chapter 5 The Judicial Branch: The Supreme Court and the Federal Court System 123(30)
Federal Court System
124(5)
U.S. Supreme Court
129(11)
Strengths and Weaknesses of the Supreme Court
140(4)
The Court as a Political Player
144(2)
Case Study: Separate but Equal?
146(4)
Wrap-Up
150(1)
Thought Questions
151(1)
Suggested Readings
151(2)
Chapter 6 Civil Rights and Liberties: Protecting the Players 153(30)
What Are Civil Liberties and Rights?
154(2)
Expanding the Bill of Rights
156(2)
Civil Liberties: Protecting People from Government
158(7)
Civil Rights: Protecting People from People
165(5)
Actors in Civil Liberties and Rights
170(6)
Case Study: Fighting Terror, Guarding Liberties
176(3)
Wrap-Up
179(2)
Thought Questions
181(1)
Suggested Readings
181(2)
Chapter 7 Voters and Political Parties 183(38)
Voters
184(4)
Who Doesn't Vote?
188(6)
Political Parties
194(9)
View from the Inside: Party Organizations
203(9)
View from the Outside: The Two-Party System
212(3)
Case Study: Blogs, Howard Dean, and the 2004 Campaign
215(3)
Wrap-Up
218(1)
Thought Questions
219(1)
Suggested Readings
219(2)
Chapter 8 Interest Groups and the Media 221(34)
Interest Groups
222(12)
Media
234(2)
What Are the Media?
236(4)
Media and the Marketplace of Ideas
240(8)
Case Study: The Candidate: A Day in the Life...
248(4)
Wrap-Up
252(1)
Thought Questions
253(1)
Suggested Readings
253(2)
Chapter 9 Who Wins, Who Loses: Pluralism Versus Elitism 255(12)
Pluralism
256(3)
Elite
259(3)
The Debate
262(3)
Wrap-Up
265(1)
Thought Questions
266(1)
Suggested Readings
266(1)
Appendix 267(22)
The Declaration of Independence
267(3)
The Constitution of the United States
270(19)
Glossary 289(6)
Index 295


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