American Government

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  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2005-03-01
  • Publisher: Atomic Dog

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Frantzich and Percy?s American Government: Strategies and Outcomes employs a game-analogy approach to the various facets of American government study. While in no way belittling the processes and institutions of the government, the authors present political structures, partisan dealings and power shifts in a way that brings the activities in Washington home for students. Comprehensive coverage includes in-depth consideration of the standard topics in American government, as well as detailed discussions of policy-making and various kinds of policy both domestic and international. Students using the online edition can participate in simulation-style exercises, polling, and public opinion exercises designed to show them where their views fall in the spectrum of political thought.

Table of Contents

Using Atomic Dog
Recommended System
Requirements Minimum System
Requirements Printing Atomic Dog
Using a Game Analogy to Study
Politics Organization of the Book
Pedagogical Features
Critical Thinking Using the Online Edition
Supplements A Final Thought
About the Authors
The Game of American Politics
Gaining Insight through Comparison
The Dynamics of American Government
The Context of Play
The NAFTA Vote Reexamined
The Playing Field
The Rules
The Players
Winning, Losing, and the Object of the Game
Theories of the Game
Technology and the Changing Game
Looking Back at the NAFTA Vote
Looking Ahead: The Plan of the Book
The American Constitution: Establishing the Rules of the Game
The American Colonies
First Attempt at a National Government: The Articles of Confederation
Creating a New Constitution
Governing Institutions: Powers and Functions
Amending and Ratifying the Constitution
The Bill of Rights: Initial Changes to the Constitution
Amendments since the Bill of Rights
Federalism: The Complex Structure of American Government
The Rules of Federalism
States' Rights, Crisis, and Rebellion
The Evolving Patterns of Intergovernmental Relations: Change Affects the Game
The National Government as Dominating Player
Fiscal Federalism: Financial Relationships among Players
Regulatory Federalism: Mandates and Power Relationships among Players
The Politics of Federalism
Constitutional Rights and Civil Liberties: A Prerequisite for Political Democracy
Understanding Constitutional Rights and Civil Liberties: Six Fundamentals
Liberty and Public Order: Conflicting Values
Freedom of Speech
Defining Free Speech and Expression
Freedom of the Press
Freedom of Assembly
Separation of Church and State
The Right to Privacy
Rights of the Accused
The Right to Bear Arms
The Right to Vote
American Political and Economic Culture: The Contexts of the Playing Field
The Physical Playing Field
Political Culture
Economic Culture
The Mass Media: The Player Observers
The Players: A Variety of Media Voices
Media Rules
Strategies of Media Players
Canons of Good Journalism
Winners and Losers in the Media Game
The Media and Democracy
Interest Groups: Organizing the Players around Narrow Themes
The Spectrum of Interest Groups
Rules of Interest Group Activity
Organizing to Play the Interest Group Game: Who Gets Involved?
The Uneven Interest Group Playing Field: Organizational Resources
Playing the Interest Group Game for Keeps: Group Strategies
Winners and Losers: The Interest Group Box Score
Political Parties: Organizing around Broad Themes
Origin of the Parties: The Unwelcome Players
Players in the American Party System
Rules of Party Politics
The Partisan Profiles of Winners and Losers
The Party in Government
Public Opinion: From Political Culture to Political Impact
Rules of Opinion Formation
Using Public Opinion as a Political Strategy
Winners and Losers in the Public Opinion Game
Political Participation: Who Plays the Game?
Relating the Individual to the State
Rules and the Determination of the Players
Varieties of Participation
Nontraditional and Emerging Activities
Intensive Player Activities: Joining Political Groups and Participating in Campaigns
Political Participation as a Strategy
Winners and Losers in the Participation Game
Campaigns and Elections: Determining the Individual Winners and Losers
The Electoral Rules
The Players
Deciding to Play the Game: Candidate Emergence
Campaign Strategy
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