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Wasserman's Basics of American Politics : With LP.Com Access Card,9780321101235

Wasserman's Basics of American Politics : With LP.Com Access Card

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Edition:
10th
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9780321101235

ISBN10:
0321101235
Format:
Paperback
Pub. Date:
7/1/2001
Publisher(s):
Pearson College Div
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Summary

Wasserman, Gary, Wasserman's Basics of American Politics Tenth Edition *

Table of Contents

Preface vii
What Is Politics?
1(14)
The First Day of Class
2(1)
Politics and Power
3(3)
The Need for Government
6(3)
The Study of Politics
9(3)
What Is this Book About?
12(2)
Thought Questions
14(1)
Suggested Readings
14(1)
The Constitution: The Rules of the Game
15(28)
The Second Day of Class
16(1)
Background to the Constitution
17(7)
Four Major Constitutional Principles
24(9)
How Is the Constitution Changed?
33(4)
Why Has the Constitution Survived?
37(1)
Case Study: Federalism at 55 MPH
38(2)
Wrap-up
40(2)
Thought Questions
42(1)
Suggested Readings
42(1)
The Executive Branch: The Presidency and Bureaucracy
43(38)
The President and the Constitution
46(2)
History of the Presidency
48(4)
Types of Presidents
52(11)
The President and the Public
63(2)
The Federal Bureaucracy
65(7)
Problems of Bureaucracy
72(4)
Case Study: An African Visit, A Presidents Message
76(3)
Wrap-up
79(1)
Thought Questions
80(1)
Suggested Readings
80(1)
The Legislative Branch: Congress
81(36)
Makeup of the Senate and House
83(10)
How Congress Works
93(15)
Other Powers of Congress
108(2)
Case Study: The Balanced Budget Amendment
110(3)
Wrap-up
113(2)
Thought Questions
115(1)
Suggested Readings
115(2)
The Judicial Branch: The Supreme Court and the Federal Court System
117(30)
Federal Court System
118(4)
United States Supreme Court
122(11)
Strengths and Weaknesses of the Supreme Court
133(4)
The Court as a Political Player
137(2)
Case Study: Separate but Equal?
139(4)
Wrap-up
143(1)
Thought Questions
144(1)
Suggested Readings
144(3)
Civil Rights and Liberties: Protecting the Players
147(28)
What Are Civil Liberties and Rights?
148(1)
Expanding the Bill of Rights
149(3)
Civil Liberties: Protecting People from Government
152(7)
Civil Rights: Protecting People from People
159(5)
Actors in Civil Liberties and Rights
164(6)
Case Study: Flag Burning and Flag-Waving
170(2)
Wrap-up
172(1)
Thought Questions
173(1)
Suggested Readings
173(2)
Voters and Political Parties
175(34)
Voters
176(4)
Who Doesn't Vote?
180(5)
Political Parties
185(7)
View from the Inside: Party Organizations
192(9)
View from the Outside: The Two-Party System
201(3)
Case Study: E-Capaigning in the 2000 Election
204(2)
Wrap-up
206(1)
Thought Questions
207(1)
Suggested Readings
207(2)
Interest Groups and the Media
209(34)
Interest Groups
210(11)
Media
221(1)
What Are the Media
222(5)
Media, and the Marketplace of Ideas
227(9)
Case Study: The Candidate: A Day in the Life
236(4)
Wrap-up
240(1)
Thought Questions
240(1)
Suggested Readings
241(2)
Who Wins, Who Loses: Pluralism versus Elitism
243(12)
Elitism
244(1)
Pluralism
244(4)
Elite
248(2)
The Debate
250(2)
Wrap-up
252(1)
Thought Questions
253(1)
Suggested Readings
253(2)
Appendix 255(21)
The Declaration of Independence
255(2)
The Constitution of the United States
257(19)
Glossary 276(6)
Index 282


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