American Government: Readings and Cases

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  • Edition: 13th
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  • Copyright: 1998-08-01
  • Publisher: Pearson College Div
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Representing both classic and contemporary documents and writings, the selections include essential political documents, major Supreme Court cases, and a wide variety of commentary and analysis by theorists, journalists, and leading political figures. The up-to-date, relevant material stimulates the reader's interest and gives fresh perspectives on how our government works.

Table of Contents

The Setting Of The American System
Constitutional Government
Constitutional Democracy: The Rule of Law
Second Treatise, Of Civil Government
Framing the Constitution: Elitist or Democratic Process?
The Founding Fathers: A Reform Caucus in Action
Framing the Constitution
Limitation of Governmental Power and of Majority Rule
Federalist 47, 48,51
Interpreting the Constitution
How Not to Read the Constitution
Constitutional Background: National Versus State Power
Federalist 16
The Merits of the Federal System
The Supremacy of National Law
National Power over the States: A Recurring Constitutional Debate
United States vs. Lopez
A Perspective on Federalism: Present and Future
The Federal System
Civil Liberties and Civil Rights
The Nationalization of the Bill of Rights
Freedom of Speech and Press
Liberty of Thought and Discussion
Freedom of Expression: Regulating the Internet
American Civil Liberties Union
Equal Protection of the Laws: School Desegregation
Board of Education of Topeka (1954)
The Judicial Sources of Major Political Controversies Over Civil Liberties and Rights
The establishment Clause and the Issue of School Prayer
The Free Exercise of Religion
City of
The Right to Abortion
Affirmative Action
Adarand Constructors, Inc
Equal Protection, Voting Rights, and Racial Gerrymandering
II. Political Parties, Electoral Behavior, And Interest Groups
Political Parties and the Electorate
Constitutional Background
E.E. Schattschneider, Party Government
The Party Model of Government
Toward a More Responsible Two-Party System
Perspectives on American Political Parties
Political Parties in Divided Government
Divided We Govern
Functions and Types of Elections
A Theory of Critical Elections
Party Decline and Electoral Decay
Politics By Other Means
Voting Behavior: Rational or Irrational?
Democratic Practice and Democratic Theory
Political Campaigns and the Electorate
The Responsible Electorate
Interest Groups
The Nature and Functions of Interest Groups
The Governmental Process
The End of Liberalism: The Indictment
Pressure Groups
Pressure Group Politics
Waltar Isaacson, Running with the PACs
Money, PACs, and Elections
The Misplaced Obsession with PACs
Regulating Political Campaigns
Campaign Finance Reform
National Governmental Institutions
The Presidency
Constitutional Background: Single versus Plural Executive
The Nature of the Presidency: Power and Persuasion
Clinton Rossiter, The Presidency, - Focus of Leadership
Presidential Power
Presidential Politics
Presidential Character and Style
The Presidential Character
The President and the Media
The Press and the President
Presidential Power in Foreign and Domestic Affairs
The Two Presidencies
Presidential Leadership and Political Parties
The Presidency and Political Parties
Presidential Politics and Responsibility
Presidential Lightning Rods: The Politics of Blame Avoidance
The Bureaucracy
Constitutional Background
Constitutional Democracy and Bureaucratic Power
The Political Roots and Consequences of Bureaucracy
The Rise of the Bureaucratic State
Constitutional Background: Representation of Popular, Group, and National Interests
Federalist 53, 56, 57, 58, 62,63
Congress and the Washington Political Establishment
Committee Chairmen as Political Entrepreneurs
Congress and the Quest for Power
Congress and the Electoral Connection
Speech to the Electors of Bristol
If, as Ralph Nader Says, Congress is "The Broken Branch," How Come We Love Our Congressmen So Much?
Congress-Bashing for Beginners
Congress: The Electoral Connection
Future Congressional Politics
The New Era of Congressional Policy Making
The Judiciary
Constitutional Background: Judicial Independence and Judicial Review
Marbury v. Madison (1803)
Powers and Limitations of the Supreme Court
Judicial Self-Restraint
Judicial Decision Making
How the Supreme Court Arrives at Decisions
Interpreting the Constitution
The Contemporary Debate over Constitutional Interpretation
Justice Sandra Day O''Connor, Constitutional Liberty and the Right to Abortion
Chief Justice
Justice Antonin Scalia, Liberty and Abortion: A Strict Constructionist''s View
The Declaration of Independence
The Constitution of the United States
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