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Politics in Action Cases From the Frontlines of American Government



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This unique, engaging reader presents 13 case studies each presenting a familiar event in modern political history. The event is dissected to create a snapshot of the relative institutions, policymakers, and groups that influenced its development. Factors under consideration include individual political personalities, public opinion on national policy, the role of the media, and the impact of lobbyists. Politics in Action encourages students to take a critical approach to contemporary events and consider the impact of politics on everyday life.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1: The Constitution - The Meal Deal: The Bargain of 1970 That Established Washington DC     

Chapter 2: Federalism -  The Politics of Educational Federalism: A Race to Washington   

Chapter 3: Civil Rights - Affirmative Action: The University Admissions Debate and Beyond   

Chapter 4: Civil Liberties- Freedom of Speech on Campus: The Fight Over Fighting Words 



Chapter 5: Public Opinion - Abortion and the Public: A Surprising Stability     

Chapter 6: Campaigns – Hillary Clinton and Sarah Palin: Sexism in the 2008 Presidential Race                                

Chapter 7: Elections – The Reelection Game: An Insider’s Candid View             

Chapter 8: Political Parties – Voter Technology: From Targeting to Microtargeting    

Chapter 9: Interest Groups – Clinton’s Health-care Reform: Harry and Louise Go Public

Chapter 10: Interest Groups – Obama’s Health-care Reform: The White House Networks the Industry

Chapter 11: The Media – Agenda-Setting: The News of the Scandal, The Scandal of the News               



Chapter 12: Congress – Legislating Global Warming: The Tragedy of the Climate Bill      

Chapter 13:  The Presidency - 9/11: Presidential Crisis Dominance                         

Chapter 14: The Bureaucracy - The Columbia and Challenger Disasters: Agency Groupthink 

Chapter 15: The Supreme Court – Watergate and U.S. v. Nixon: The Supreme Court Referees

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