9780136027249

Politics in America, Texas Edition

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  • ISBN13:

    9780136027249

  • ISBN10:

    0136027245

  • Edition: 8th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1/1/2009
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall
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Summary

With a focus on competition for resources, this balanced, but provocative text uses Harold Laswell's classic definition of politics-"Who gets what, when, and how"-as a framework for presenting a clear, cohesive and stimulating introduction to the American political system. Thomas Dye, along with new co-author Bartholomew Sparrow, has written a lively and absorbing narrative examining the struggle for power that is American politics: the participants, the stakes, the processes, and the institutions. Numerous feature boxes explore timely issues, draw cross-cultural comparisons, promote critical thinking, and provoke thoughtful opinions. With the intense political conflict of the most expensive presidential campaign in American history and the hotly-contested primary campaigns that led to the national conventions in 2008,Politics in Americars"stheme of the constant competition for power and resources-"who gets what"-has never been more relevant.

Table of Contents

Politics
Politics: Who Gets What, When, and How
Political Culture: Ideas in Conflict
Constitution
The Constitution: Limiting Governmental Power
Federalism: Dividing Governmental Power
Participants
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
Institutions
Congress: Politics on Capitol Hill
The President: White House Politics
The Bureaucracy: Bureaucratic Politics
Courts: Judicial Politics
Outcomes
Politics and Personal Liberty
Politics and Civil Rights
Politics and the Economy
Politics and Social Welfare
Politics and National Security
Texas Politics
The Social and Economic Milieu of Texas Politics
The Texas Constitution
Interest Groups, Political Parties, and Elections in Texas
The Texas Legislature
The Texas Executive Bureaucracy
The Texas Judiciary
Local Government in Texas: Cities, Towns, Counties, and Special Interests
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