American Government : Institutions and Policies

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  • Edition: 8th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2008-01-01
  • Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing
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This popular brief edition text for the one-semester or one-quarter American Government course maintains the framework of Wilson's complete text, emphasizing the historical development of the American political system, who governs, and to what end. The Eighth Edition features thoroughly updated examples, figures, and tables and coverage through the 2006 mid-term elections.

Table of Contents

What Should We Know About American Government
The Meanings of Democracy
Representative Democracy
The Puzzles of American Government
The Constitution
The Problem of Liberty
Human Nature
The Real Revolution
The Articles of Confederation
The Constitutional Convention
The Lessons of Experience
The Framers
The Challenge
Large States Versus
Small States
The Compromise
The Constitution and Democracy
Two Key Principles: Separation of Powers and Federalism
Government and Human Nature
The Constitution and Liberty
The Constitution and Slavery
Political Ideals or Economic Interests
Liberty and Equality A Recipe for Moderation
Civil Liberties Making Constitutional Rights
Apply to the States
Why Are Americans So Preoccupied with Rights
Freedom of Expression Church and State
Crime and Due Process
Terrorism and Civil Liberties
Civil Rights Race and "Strict Scrutiny"
Sex and "Reasonable Classifications"
Sexual Harassment Privacy and Sex
Federalism Governmental
Structure Federalism: Good or Bad
The Founding The History of Federalism
The Division of Powers: Federal and State
Fiscal Federalism
Federal Aid and Federal Control
Federalism and Public Policy
Evaluating Federalism
Public Opinion and the Media
What Is Public Opinion
Why Do We Distrust the Federal Government
The Origins of Political Attitudes
Cleavages in Public Opinion
Political Ideology
The Impact of the Media
The Structure of the Media
Rules Governing the Media
Government and the News
Interpreting Political News
Are News Stories Slanted
Political Parties and Interest Groups
Parties--Here and Abroad
The National Party Structure
Today State and Local Parties
The Two-Party System Nominating a Preside
Do the Parties Differ
Interest Groups
Kinds of Organizations
Funds for Interest Groups
The Problem of Bias
The Activities of Interest Groups
Regulating Interest Groups
Campaigns and Elections
Political Participation Historical Voting
Patterns Explaining--and Improving-Turnout
Political Campaigns
The Effects of Campaigns
How to Win the Election
Election Outcomes Modern Technology and Political Campaigns
Elections and Money
The Effects of Elections on Policy
Congress The Evolution of Congress
Who Is in Congress
Getting Elected to Congress
The Organization of Congress: Parties and Interests
The Organization of Congress: Committees
The Organization of Congress: Staffs and Specialized Offices
How a Bill Becomes a Law
How Members of Congress Vote
A Polarized Congress in an Unpolarized Nation
What It All Means Ethics and Congress
The Power of Congress
The Presidency
The Powers of the President
The Evolution of the Presidency
The Modern Presidency
Who Gets Appointed Presidential Character
The Power to Say No
The President's Program
Presidential Transitions
The President and Public Policy
The Bureaucracy
Distinctiveness of the American Bureaucracy
The Growth of the Bureaucracy
The Federal Bureaucracy
Today Congressional Oversight
Bureaucratic "Pathologies" Reinventing Government
The Judiciary
The Development of the Federal Courts
The Structure of the Federal Courts
The Jurisdiction of the Federal Courts
Getting to Court
The Supreme Court in Action
The Power of the Courts Checks on Judicial Power
Making Domestic Policy
The Economy Taxes
Spending Subsidies Regulations
Making Policy Decisions
What These Political Differences Mean
Making Foreign and Military Policy
Kinds of Foreign Policy
The Constitutional Framework
The New International World
Three Major Problems
The Politics of Foreign and Military Policy
American Government: Continuity and Change
Restraints on Growth Relaxing the Restraints
How the American System
Affects Policymaking
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