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The Basics of American Politics,9780321048356

The Basics of American Politics

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ISBN13:

9780321048356

ISBN10:
0321048350
Media:
Paperback
Pub. Date:
8/1/1999
Publisher(s):
Pearson College Div
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Summary

Using the metaphor of politics as a "game", this book provides students with a solic, "nuts-and-bolts" introduction to American government in a brief, accessible format.

Table of Contents

Preface ix
What Is Politics?
1(13)
The First Day of Class
2(1)
Politics and Power
2(3)
The Need for Government
5(3)
The Study of Politics
8(3)
What Is This Book About?
11(1)
Thought Questions
12(1)
Suggested Readings
13(1)
The Constitution: Rules of the Game
14(25)
The Second Day of Class
15(1)
Background to the Constitution
16(6)
Four Major Constitutional Principles
22(7)
How Is the Constitution Changed?
29(3)
Why Has the Constitution Survived?
32(2)
Case Study: Federalism at 55 MPH
34(2)
Wrap-Up
36(1)
Thought Questions
37(1)
Suggested Readings
37(2)
The Executive Branch: The Presidency and the Bureaucracy
39(35)
The President and the Constitution
41(2)
History of the Presidency
43(4)
Types of Presidents
47(5)
Presidential Hats
52(5)
The President and the Public
57(1)
The Federal Bureaucracy
58(7)
Problems of Bureaucracy
65(4)
Case Study: An African Visit, a President's Message
69(2)
Wrap-Up
71(1)
Thought Questions
72(1)
Suggested Readings
72(2)
The Legislative Branch: Congress
74(32)
Makeup of the Senate and House
76(8)
How Congress Works
84(13)
Other Powers of Congress
97(3)
Case Study: The Balanced Budget Amendment
100(2)
Wrap-Up
102(2)
Thought Questions
104(1)
Suggested Readings
104(2)
The Judicial Branch: The Supreme Court and the Federal Court System
106(23)
Federal Court System
107(4)
United States Supreme Court
111(7)
Strengths and Weaknesses of the Supreme Court
118(4)
The Court as a Political Player
122(1)
Case Study: Separate but Equal?
123(4)
Wrap-Up
127(1)
Thought Questions
127(1)
Suggested Readings
128(1)
Civil Rights and Liberties: Protecting the Players
129(25)
What Are Civil Liberties and Rights?
130(2)
Expanding the Bill of Rights
132(1)
Civil Liberties: Protecting People from Government
133(7)
Civil Rights: Protecting People from People
140(4)
Actors in Civil Liberties and Rights
144(5)
Case Study: Flag Burning and Flag Waving
149(2)
Wrap-Up
151(1)
Thought Questions
152(1)
Suggested Readings
152(2)
Voters and Political Parties
154(30)
Voters
155(3)
Who Doesn't Vote?
158(5)
Political Parties
163(6)
View from the Inside: Party Organizations
169(8)
View from the Outside: The Two-Party System
177(3)
Case Study: High-Tech Voting
180(2)
Wrap-Up
182(1)
Thought Questions
182(1)
Suggested Readings
183(1)
Interest Groups and the Media
184(30)
Interest Groups
185(10)
Media
195(5)
Media and the Marketplace of Ideas
200(8)
Case Study: The Candidate: A Day in the Life...
208(3)
Wrap-Up
211(1)
Thought Questions
211(1)
Suggested Readings
212(2)
Who Wins, Who Loses: Pluralism Versus Elitism
214(10)
Pluralism
215(3)
Elite
218(2)
The Debate
220(2)
Wrap-Up
222(1)
Thought Questions
223(1)
Suggested Readings
223(1)
Appendix 224(19)
The Declaration of Independence
224(2)
The Constitution of the United States
226(17)
Glossary 243(8)
Index 251


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