The Challenge of Democracy Government in America, 2008 Update Edition

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  • Edition: 9th
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2007-11-30
  • Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing
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The 2008 Update Edition of The Challenge of Democracy brings students the very latest in research and events central to the field of American Government. A sixteen-page pictorial insert, featuring arresting images and articles from The Associated Press, brings these current events to life. Updated examples, visuals, and references throughout the book provide the most recent scholarship and include the "Scooter" Libby sentence, the Alberto Gonzales controversy, and the 2008 presidential race. This edition of the bestselling textbook continues the highly acclaimed, non-ideological framework that explores three themes: freedom, order, and equality; majoritarianism vs. pluralism; and globalization. This edition continues to provide its readers with leading-edge learning and teaching technology. Offerings include downloadable chapter overviews narrated by the authors and course management with an interactive e-book available in Eduspace as well as Blackboard/WebCT.

Table of Contents

Dilemmasof Democracy
Freedom, Order, or Equality
The Globalization of American Government
The Purposes of Government
A Conceptual Framework for Analyzing Government
The Concepts of Freedom, Order, and Equality
Two Dilemmas of Government Ideology and the Scope of Government
American Political Ideologies and the Purpose of Government
Majoritarian or Pluralist Democracy
The Theory of Democratic Government
Institutional Models of Democracy
The Global Trend
Toward Democracy
Foundations of American Government
The Constitution
The Revolutionary Roots of the Constitution
From Revolution to Confederation
From Confederation to Constitution
The Final Product
Selling the Constitution
Constitutional Change An Evaluation of the Constitution
Federalism Theories and Metaphors
Federalism's Dynamics Ideology, Policymaking, and American
Federalism Federalism and Electoral Politics
Federalism and the American Intergovernmental System
Federalism and the International System
Federalism and Pluralism
Linking People with Government
Public Opinion and Political Socialization
Public Opinion and the Models of Democracy
The Distribution of Public Opinion
Political Socialization
Social Groups and Political Values From Values to Ideology
Forming Political Opinions
The Media People, Government, and Communications
The Development of the Mass Media in the United States
Private Ownership of the Media Government
Regulation of the Media
Functions of the Mass Media for the Political System
Evaluating the Media in Government
Participation and Voting
Democracy and Political Participation
Unconventional Participation
Conventional Participation
Participating Through Voting Explaining
Political Participation
Participation and Freedom, Equality, and Order
Participation and the Models of Democracy
Political Parties
Political Parties and Their Functions
A History of U.S. Party Politics
The American Two-Party System Party
Ideology and Organization
The Model of Responsible Party Government
Nominations, Elections, and Campaigns
The Evolution of Campaigning
Nominations Elections Campaigns
Explaining Voting Choice Campaigns, Elections, and Parties
Interest Groups
Interest Groups and the American Political Tradition
How Interest Groups
Form Interest Group
Resources Lobbying Tactics
Is the System Biased
Institutions of Government
Congress The Origin and Powers of Congress
Electing Congress
How Issues Get on the Congressional Agenda
The Dance of Legislation: An Overview Committees
The Workhorses of Congress
Leaders and Followers in Congress
The Legislative Environment
The Dilemma of Representation Pluralism, Majoritarianism, and Democracy
The Presidency
The Constitutional Basis of Presidential Power
The Expansion of Presidential Power
The Executive Branch
Establishment Presidential Leadership
The President as National Leader
The President as World Leader
The Bureaucracy Organization Matters
The Development of the Bureaucratic State
Bureaus and Bureaucrats Administrative
Policymaking: The Formal Processes Administrative
Policymaking: Informal Politics Problems in Implementing Policy
Reforming the Bureaucracy: More Control or Less
The Courts National Judicial Supremacy
The Organization of Courts
The Supreme Court Judicial Recruitment
The Consequences of Judicial Decisions
The Courts and Models of Democracy
CivilLiberties and Civil Rights
Order and Civil Liberties
The Bill of Rights
Freedom of Religion
Freedom of Expression
The Right to Bear Arms
Applying the Bill of Rights to the States
The Ninth Amendment and Personal Autonomy
Equality and Civil Rights
Two Conceptions of Equality
The Civil War Amendments
The Dismantling of School Segregation
The Civil Rights Movement
Civil Rights for Other Minorities
Gender and Equal Rights: The Women's Movement
Affirmative Action: Equal Opportunity or Equal Outcome
Making Public Policy
Policymaking Government Purposes and Public Policies
The Policymaking Process Fragmentation and Coordination
The Nonprofit Sector
Economic Policy Theories of Economic Policy
Public Policy and the Budget Tax Policies
Spending Policies Taxing, Spending, and Economic Equality
Domestic Policy
The Development of the American Welfare State
Social Security Public Assistance
Health Care Elementary and Secondary Education
Benefits and Fairness
Global Policy Making
Foreign Policy: The Constitutional Context
Making Foreign Policy: Organization and Cast
A Review of U.S. Foreign Policy
Global Policy
Issue Areas
The Public and Global Policy
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