America's Democratic Republic

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  • Edition: 4th
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  • Copyright: 2010-12-13
  • Publisher: Pearson

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Updated in a new 4th edition, America's Democratic Republic is a brief, affordable book in an accessible trade-like format that explores the clash between the democratic aspirations of the American people and the republican foundations of our Constitution.

Written with a lively, narrative style, this text traces the storyline of American government and focuses on the long standing and inescapable tension between the country’s 18th Century republican Constitutional foundations and the democratic aspirations of the American people.

Updated throughout!

-Includes results of the historic 2008 presidential and congressional elections, as well as important 2008 Supreme Court decisions.

-New scholarship woven throughout the book offers illuminating insight into modern policies, practices, and institutions. In Chapter 9 (Political Parties), for example, the authors identify a seventh party era, which they call “the parties at war” to describe the extreme partisanship that has defined American politics since the mid-1990s. Elsewhere, the authors point to new data and trends indicating increased inequality in recent years.

-Updated figures throughout provide current data

Table of Contents

Prefacep. x
About the authorsp. xvii
Democratic Aspirations, Republican Constitutional Foundationsp. 1
The American Democratic Republicp. 3
Eighteenth-Century Republicanismp. 6
Democracyp. 9
The American Democratic Republicp. 17
Key Termsp. 19
Suggestions for Further Readingp. 20
Internet Sourcesp. 20
The Constitutionp. 21
The American Revolution and the Declaration of Independencep. 23
The Articles of Confederation: The First Constitutionp. 25
The Democratic Challengep. 27
The Constitutional Conventionp. 29
What the Framers Createdp. 33
The Struggle to Ratify the Constitutionp. 38
The Changing Constitution and the American Democratic Republicp. 40
Key Termsp. 42
Suggestions for Further Readingp. 43
Internet Sourcesp. 43
Federalism: States and Nationp. 44
Federalism as a System of Governmentp. 47
Federalism in the Constitutionp. 50
The Evolution of American Federalismp. 54
Fiscal Federalismp. 64
U.S. Federalism: Pro and Conp. 68
Federalism and the Democratic Republicp. 70
Key Termsp. 72
Suggestions for Further Readingp. 72
Internet Sourcesp. 72
Civil Libertiesp. 74
Civil Liberties in the Constitutionp. 76
Rights and Liberties in the Nineteenth Centuryp. 79
Nationalization of the Bill of Rightsp. 81
Freedom of Speechp. 84
Freedom of the Pressp. 88
Religious Freedomp. 91
Privacyp. 95
Rights of Those Accused of a Crimep. 98
Civil Liberties and Terrorismp. 104
Civil Liberties and the Democratic Republicp. 107
Key Termsp. 108
Suggestions for Further Readingp. 108
Internet Sourcesp. 109
Civil Rightsp. 110
Civill Rights Before the Twentieth Centuryp. 113
The Contemporary status of Civil Rights for Racial Minoritiesp. 118
The Contemporary Status of Civil Rights for Womenp. 128
Broadening the Civil Rights Umbrellap. 132
Civil Rights in the Democratic Republicp. 136
Key Termsp. 138
Suggestions for Further Readingp. 138
Internet Sourcesp. 139
Political Institutionsp. 141
Public Opinionp. 143
Democracy and Public Opinionp. 146
Finding Out What People Thinkp. 147
Political Socialization: Learning Political Beliefs and Attitudesp. 151
How and Why People's Political Attitudes Differp. 153
The Contours of American Public Opinion: Are the People Fit to Rule?p. 163
Does Public Opinion Determine What Government Does?p. 173
Public Opinion and the Democratic Republicp. 176
Key Termsp. 177
Suggestions for Further Readingp. 177
Internet Sourcesp. 178
The News Mediap. 179
Roles of the News Media in a Democracyp. 182
Mainstream and Nonmainstream News Mediap. 183
How the Mainstream News Media Workp. 190
Effects of the News Media on Politicsp. 205
Democratic and Republican Encountersp. 213
Key Termsp. 214
Suggestions for Further Readingp. 214
Internet Sourcesp. 215
Interest Groupsp. 216
Interest Groups in a Democratic Society: Contrasting Viewsp. 220
The Interest Group Universep. 223
Why There Are So Many Interest Groupsp. 228
What Interest Groups Dop. 230
Interest Groups and Inequality in American Politicsp. 236
Curing the Mischief of Factionsp. 242
Interest Groups and the Democratic Republicp. 243
Key Termsp. 245
Suggestions for Further Readingp. 245
Internet Sourcesp. 246
Political Partiesp. 247
The Role of Political Parties in a Democratic Republicp. 251
The American Two-Party Systemp. 253
The Democratic and Republican Partiesp. 260
The Parties in Government and in the Electoratep. 271
Political Parties and the Democratic Republicp. 274
Key Termsp. 275
Suggestions for Further Readingp. 275
Internet Sourcesp. 276
Elections and citizen Participationp. 277
The Place of Elections in Democratic and Republican Theoriesp. 281
Voting in the United Statesp. 285
Who Votes?p. 291
Campaigning for Officep. 295
Election Outcomesp. 312
Elections and Participation in the Democratic Republicp. 317
Key Termsp. 318
Suggestions for Further Readingp. 319
Internet Sourcesp. 319
Government Institutionsp. 321
Congressp. 323
The Eighteenth-Century Republican Constitutional Foundations of Congressp. 327
Representation and Democracyp. 329
How Congress Worksp. 340
How Effective Is Congress?p. 361
Congress and the Democratic Republicp. 361
Key Termsp. 363
Suggestions for Further Readingp. 363
Internet Sourcesp. 364
ThePresidentp. 365
The Expanding Presidencyp. 368
The Powers and Roles of the Presidentp. 374
The President's Staff and Cabinetp. 384
The President and Congress: Perpetual Tug-of-Warp. 388
The President and the People: An Evolving Relationshipp. 393
The Presidency and the Democratic Republicp. 396
Key Termsp. 398
Suggestions for Further Readingp. 398
Internet Sourcesp. 399
TheFedral Bureaucracyp. 400
The Bureaucracy in Democratic and Eighteenth-Century Republican Doctrinesp. 403
The American Bureaucracy: How Exceptional?p. 404
How the Executive Branch Is Organizedp. 407
What Do Bureaucrats Do?p. 409
Who Are the Bureaucrats?p. 413
Political and Governmental Influences on Bureaucratic Behaviorp. 416
Reforming the Federal Bureaucracyp. 423
The Federal Bureaucracy and the Democratic Republicp. 428
Key Termsp. 429
Suggestions for Further Readingp. 429
Internet Sourcesp. 430
Thee Courtsp. 431
The Foundations of Judicial Powerp. 434
Eighteenth-Century Republican Constitutional Designp. 435
The U.S. Court System: Organization and Jurisdictionp. 438
Appointment to the Federal Benchp. 442
The Supreme Court in Actionp. 446
The Supreme Court as a National Policymakerp. 451
Outside Influences on the Courtp. 459
The Supreme Court and the Democratic Republicp. 463
Key Termsp. 463
Suggestions for Further Readingp. 464
Internet Sourcesp. 464
What Government Doesp. 467
The Budget and Economic Policiesp. 469
Public Policyp. 473
Economic Policiesp. 475
The Main Players and Influences on Economic Policyp. 479
The Government's Macroeconomic Policy Toolsp. 482
Taxing, Spending, and the Federal Budgetp. 485
Regulationp. 496
Economic Policies in the Democratic Republicp. 500
Key Termsp. 501
Suggestions for Further Readingp. 501
Internet Sourcesp. 502
Social Safety Netsp. 503
Why Safety Net Programs?p. 506
An Outline of American Safety Net Programsp. 510
Social Insurancep. 512
Means-Tested Programsp. 519
Differences in the American System of Social Safety Netsp. 524
Social Safety Nets in the Democratic Republicp. 528
Key Termsp. 529
Suggestions for Further Readingp. 530
Internet Sourcesp. 530
Foreign Policy and National Defensep. 531
Foreign Policy and Democracy: A Contradiction in Terms?p. 534
The World's Superpower (Still)p. 535
Problems of the Post-Cold War Worldp. 545
The Middle Eastp. 548
Foreign and Defense Policies and the Democratic Republicp. 556
Key Termsp. 558
Suggestions for Further Readingp. 558
Internet Sourcesp. 559
The Declaration of Independencep. A-1
The Constitution of the United Statesp. A-4
The Federalist Papers, Nos. 10, 51, and 78p. A-23
Presidents and Congresses, 1789-2013p. A-36
Chief Justices of the Supreme Court, 1789-2010p. A-42
Glossaryp. G-1
Endnotesp. N-1
Creditsp. C-1
Indexp. I-1
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