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Democracy Under Pressure: An Introduction to the American Political System : Brief Edition

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9780534173630

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0534173632
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Pub. Date:
12/30/2002
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Wadsworth Publishing
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Summary

DEMOCRACY UNDER PRESSURE has provided over a million students with a comprehensive look at the fundamentals of American government. Cummings and Wise pair lively narrative with exemplary scholarship to convey a balanced, realistic sense of political history and to describe the institutions of American government. Throughout, the authors examine the theme of democracy under pressure, discussing the way democracy responds to the needs and demands of various groups over time. The text is developed around a systems approach‚?"a framework of analysis that discusses various elements of the political process in terms of inputs and outputs‚?"and focuses on the gap that exists between theory and reality in government today. This new edition has been updated to include the results of the 2002 congressional elections and other recent events of importance to the American political scene. At 15 chapters rather than 19, the brief edition is exactly the same as the full-length update except for the removal of the last 4 chapters covering public policy and state and local government.

Table of Contents

Preface
PART I: THE AMERICAN DEMOCRACY
1. Government and the People
2. The Constitutional Framework
3. The Federal System
4. Civil Liberties and Citizenship
5. The Struggle for Equal Rights
PART II: POLITICS AND PEOPLE
6. Public Opinion
7. Interest Groups
8. The Media and Politics
9. Political Parties
10. Political Campaigns and Candidates
11. Voting Behavior and Elections
PART III: THE POLICYMAKERS
12. The Congress
13. The President
14. The Bureaucracy
15. Justice
PART IV: GOVERNMENT IN OPERATION
16. Foreign Policy and National Security
17. Government and the Economy
18. Promoting the General Welfare
PART V: THE AMERICAN COMMUNITY
19. State and Local Government
Appendix: The Declaration of Independence, The Constitution of the United States of America, Presidents of the United States, Selections from the Federalist Papers
Endnotes
Glossary
Credits
Index
Presidential Election Results, 1940-2000.


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