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Table of Contents
A > A Message from the Publisher About the Authors PART I CONSTITUTIONAL PRINCIPLES Chapter 1 Constitutional Democracy American Government and Politicians in Context Defining Democracy The Constitutional Roots of the American Experiment The Constitutional Convention of 1787 To Adopt or Not to Adopt? Chapter 2 The Living Constitution Views of the Constitution Checking Power with Power Judicial Review and the Guardians of the Constitution The Constitution as an Instrument of Government Changing the Letter of the Constitution The Constitution of the United States Chapter 3 American Federalism Defining Federalism The Constitutional Structure of American Federalism The Role of the Federal Courts: Umpires of Federalism Regulatory Federalism: Grants, Mandates, and New Techniques of Control The Politics of Federalism The Future of Federalism PART II THE POLITICAL PROCESS Chapter 4 Political Culture and Ideology The American Political Culture Political Ideology and Attitudes Toward Government Political Ideology and the American People Ideology and Tolerance Chapter 5 The American Political Landscape A Land of Diversity Where We Live Who We Are Unity in a Land of Diversity Chapter 6 Interest Groups: The Politics of Influence Interest Groups Past and Present: The Mischiefs of Faction Types of Interest Groups Characteristics and Power of Interest Groups The Influence of Lobbyists Money and Politics The Effectiveness of Interest Group Activity in Elections Curing the Mischiefs of Faction Two Centuries Later Chapter 7 Political Parties: Essential to Democracy What Parties Do for Democracy A Brief History of American Political Parties American Parties Today Financing the Parties Are the Political Parties Dying? Chapter 8 Public Opinion, Participation, and Voting Public Opinion Participation: Translating Opinions into Action Counting Votes Voting Choices Chapter 9 Campaigns and Elections: Democracy in Action Elections: The Rules of the Game Running for Congress Running for President Money in U.S. Elections Improving Elections Chapter 10 The Media and American Politics The Influence of the Media on Politics The Changing Role of the American News Media Mediated Politics The Media and Elections