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For courses in American Government. With a focus on conflict and the struggle for power, this textbook ignites students'interest in American politics. This balanced and exceedingly readable text uses Harold Laswell's classic definition of politics-"Who gets what, when, and how"-as a framework for presenting a clear, concise, and stimulating introduction to the American political system. Updated with discussions of recent events in our country, well-known political scientist Tom Dye has written a lively and absorbing narrative examining the struggle for power: the participants, the stakes, the processes, and the institutional arenas. An abundance of feature boxes explore timely issues and opinions, draw cross-cultural comparisons, and introduce important people.
Table of Contents
|Politics: Who Gets What, When, and How|
|Political Culture: Ideas in Conflict|
|The Constitution: Limiting Governmental Power|
|Federalism: Dividing Governmental Power|
|Opinion and Participation: Thinking and Acting in Politics|
|Mass Media: Setting the Political Agenda|
|Political Parties: Organizing Politics|
|Campaigns and Elections: Deciding Who Governs|
|Interest Groups: Getting Their Share and More|
|Congress: Politics on Capitol Hill|
|The President: White House Politics|
|The Bureaucracy: Bureaucratic Politics|
|Courts: Judicial Politics|
|Politics and Personal Liberty|
|Politics and Civil Rights|
|Politics and the Economy|
|Politics and Social Welfare|
|Politics and National Security|
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