9780534173807

Democracy Under Pressure: An Introduction to the American Political System

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  • ISBN13:

    9780534173807

  • ISBN10:

    0534173802

  • Edition: 9th
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 1/1/2003
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
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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.

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

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