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See who gets what, when, and how in American politics Politics in America introduces students to the political struggles that drive democracy, examining the participants, the stakes, the processes, and the institutional arenas that comprise the power game of American politics. Using Harold Lasswell’s classic definition of politics – “who gets what, when, and how” – as their unifying framework, authors Thomas Dye and Ronald Keith Gaddie present balanced arguments on highly sensitive issues including abortion, gun control, same-sex marriage, marijuana decriminalization, and immigration reform. In order to boost student engagement, the 2014 Elections and Updates Edition incorporates coverage of contemporary issues that dominate today’s headlines, as well as the most up-to-date data.
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Thomas R. Dye, Emeritus McKenzie Professor of Government at Florida State University, regularly taught large introductory classes in American politics and has served as president of the Southern Political Science Association, president of the Policy Studies Organization, and secretary of the American Political Science Association. He has taught at the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Wisconsin, and the University of Georgia, and served as a visiting scholar at Bar-Ilan University, Israel; the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C.; and elsewhere.
Ronald Keith Gaddie is Chairman of the Department of Political Science and Associate Director of the Center for Intelligence and National Security at the University of Oklahoma, where he regularly teaches the American Federal Government course. Author or coauthor of twenty books, he has been retained by corporations, trade associations, and state governments, and his work has been funded by the U.S. Department of Defense. Keith is also an award-winning radio broadcaster at NPR radio station KGOU (Norman, OK).
Table of Contents
PART I: POLITICS 1. Who Gets What, When, and How 2. Political Culture: Ideas in Conflict
PART II: CONSTITUTION 3. The Constitution: Limiting Governmental Power 4. Federalism: Dividing Governmental Power
PART III: PARTICIPANTS 5. Opinion and Participation: Thinking and Acting in Politics 6. Mass Media: Setting the Political Agenda? 7. Political Parties: Organizing Politics 8. Campaigns and Elections: Deciding Who Governs 9. Interest Groups: Getting Their Share and More
PART IV: INSTITUTIONS 10. Congress: Politics on Capitol Hill 11. The President: White House Politics 12. The Bureaucracy: Bureaucratic Politics 13. Courts: Judicial Politics PART V: OUTCOMES 14. Politics and Personal Liberty 15. Politics and Civil Rights 16. Politics and the Economy 17. Politics and Social Welfare 18. Politics and National Security