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For the Introduction to American Government or Introduction to American Politics courses. This is the most authoritative text for American Government. Always one step ahead of the competition. Government by the People continually sets the standards for other American Government texts by anticipating instructors' needs. Known for its impeccable scholarship and for its distinguished author team who treats each new edition as a fresh challenge, Government by the People is the perfect text for the educator who wants students to understand how the American political system works.
Table of Contents
1. Constitutional Democracy. 2. The Living Constitution. 3. American Federalism. 4. Political Culture and Ideology. 5. The American Political Landscape. 6. Interest Groups: The Politics of Influence. 7. Political Parties: Essential to Democracy. 8. Public Opinion, Participation, and Voting. 9. Campaigns and Elections: Democracy in Action. 10. The Media and American Politics. 11. Congress: The People's Branch. 12. The Presidency: The Leadership Branch. 13. Congress and the President 14 The Federal Bureaucracy: The Real Power? 15 The Judiciary: The Balancing Branch. 16. First Amendment Freedoms. 17. Rights to Life, Liberty, and Property. 18. Equal Rights Under the Law. 19. Making Economic and Regulatory Policy. 20. Making Social Policy. 21. Making Foreign and Defense Policy. 22. State and Local Politics: Who Governs? 23. State Constitutions: Charters or Straitjackets? 24. Parties and Elections in the States. 25. State Legislatures. 26. State Governors. 27. Judges and Justice in the States. 28. Local Governments and Metropolitics. 29. Making State and Local Policy. 30. Staffing and Financing State and Local Governments. 31. Sustaining Constitutional Democracy.