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Democracy Under Pressure: An Introduction to the American Political System,9780155070028

Democracy Under Pressure: An Introduction to the American Political System

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0155070029
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Pub. Date:
1/2/2001
Publisher(s):
Wadsworth Publishing
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Summary

A political science text for the 21st Century, DEMOCRACY UNDER PRESSURE ALTERNATE, with no policy chapters, has provided well over a million students with a comprehensive look at the fundamentals of American Government. Milton Cummings, a respected scholar and academic, and David Wise, a best selling author and political analyst, bring their talents to bear on a text that conveys a balanced, realistic guide to American politics while describing the institutions of American government. In this edition, the theme of "democracy under pressure" is highlighted more fully in the narrative and in the boxed features that focus students on the way democracy responds to needs and demands of various groups over time. The text includes a discussion of the systems approach - a framework of analysis that discusses the political process in terms of inputs and outputs - as well as a key question and related questions to consider in each chapter. DEMOCRACY UNDER PRESSURE focuses throughout on the gap that exists between rhetoric and reality in government today. Streamlined content in this edition makes the book even more accessible and appealing to students and instructors alike.

Table of Contents

Preface xiii
PART ONE THE AMERICAN DEMOCRACY 1(166)
Government and People
2(26)
The Constitutional Framework
28(30)
The Federal System
58(28)
Civil Liberties and Citizenship
86(36)
The Struggle for Equal Rights
122(45)
PART TWO POLITICS AND PEOPLE 167(204)
Public Opinion
168(24)
Interest Groups
192(22)
The Media and Politics
214(32)
Political Parties
246(34)
Political Campaigns and Candidates
280(44)
Voting Behavior and Elections
324(47)
PART THREE THE POLICYMAKERS 371(160)
The Congress
372(34)
The President
406(48)
The Bureaucracy
454(34)
Justice
488(43)
PART FOUR GOVERNMENT IN OPERATION 531(108)
Foreign Policy and National Security
532(46)
Government and the Economy
578(24)
Promoting the General Welfare
602(37)
PART FIVE THE AMERICAN COMMUNITY 639
State and Local Government
640
Appendix A-1
Endnotes N-1
Glossary G-1
Credits C-1
Index I-1
Presidential Election Results, 1940-2000 M-1


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