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Explore American politics through the Constitution Government by the People provides a thorough, Constitution-based introduction to the foundational principles, processes, and institutions of American government. Throughout, authors David Magleby, Paul Light, and Christine Nemacheck highlight the central role that people play in a constitutional democracy, inspiring students to see how similarities and differences in political beliefs continue to shape government to this day. The 2014 Elections and Updates Edition includes coverage of the major issues in today’s headlines to engage students in learning, as well as to boost the relevance of course material to students’ lives.
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David B. Magleby is a Distinguished Professor of Political Science at Brigham Young University (BYU). He has been an American Political Science Association Congressional Fellow as well as a Fulbright Scholar. He is recognized for his expertise on direct democracy, voting behavior, and campaign finance. Dave is also the recipient of many teaching awards, including the 1990 Utah Professor of the Year Award, the 2001 Rowman & Littlefield Award for Innovative Teaching in Political Science, and several department and university awards. He served as president of Pi Sigma Alpha, the political science honor society.
Paul C. Light is the Paulette Goddard Professor of Public Service at New York University’s Wagner School of Public Service. He has worked on Capitol Hill as a senior committee staffer in the U.S. Senate and as an American Political Science Association Congressional Fellow in the U.S. House of Representatives. Paul is the founding director of the Brookings Institution’s Center for Public Service and continues his research on how to invite Americans to serve their communities through public service. Christine L. Nemacheck is an Associate Professor of Government at The College of William & Mary. Her research focuses on judicial selection and the role of the courts in a separation of powers system. Chris has received a number of awards for her teaching and research activity, including the Alumni Fellowship Award for excellence in teaching at The College of William & Mary.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Government by the People
PART I: CONSTITUTIONAL PRINCIPLES 1. Constitutional Democracy 2. Constitutional Foundations 3. American Federalism
PART II: THE POLITICAL PROCESS 4. The American Political Landscape 5. Interest Groups: The Politics of Influence 6. Political Parties: Essential to Democracy 7. Public Opinion, Ideology, Participation, and Voting 8. Campaigns and Elections: Democracy in Action 9. The Media and U.S. Politics
PART III: POLICY-MAKING INSTITUTIONS 10. Congress: The People's Branch 11. The Presidency 12. The Federal Bureaucracy and the Public Policy Process: Creating and Executing the Laws 13. The Judiciary: The Balancing Branch
PART IV: RIGHTS AND LIBERTIES 14. Civil Liberties: Protections Under the Bill of Rights 15. Civil Rights: Equal Rights Under the Law
PART V: THE POLITICS OF NATIONAL POLICY 16. Making Economic Policy 17. Making Social Policy 18. Making Foreign and Defense Policy