Challenge of Democracy

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  • Edition: 6th
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2006-01-01
  • Publisher: CENGAGE Delmar Learning
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Based on the best-selling, full-length textThe Challenge of Democracy,Eighth Edition, this brief version maintains the same framework and motifs in a shorter format. The pedagogy is linked to two main themes: the conflicting values of freedom, order, and equality, and the majoritarianism versus pluralism debate. In addition, a focus on globalization and its implications helps students put American government in a broader context. An extensive supplementary program that includes a text-specific web site, study guide, Internet Exercises, the Crosstabs software and IDEAlog. New!Complete coverage of current political events and issues includes the 2004 Presidential election, as well as the results of key races across the country; George W. Bush's presidency, updates on the War of Terrorism and 9/11, campaign finance reform, and the Internet as a vehicle for group media. New!Brief callouts in the text inform students of Talking Politics audio clips on the accompanying web site and the instructor and student CD-ROMs, which allow students to "hear" politics through speeches and interviews, adding dimension to the learning experience. Follow-up questions encourage students to think about what they hear and can be answered online and submitted to instructors via email. New!TheLooking to the Futurefeature invites students to consider trends in American government, such as declining voter turnout, or evaluate questions, such as whether federal government is shrinking or expanding, and then consider the implications of their answers. Can You Explain Why?marginal features ask students to use critical-thinking skills to try and explain a political paradox, such as why Americans engage in more forms of political participation than people of other nationalities, yet don't vote as much. The Politics in a Changing Worldfeature focuses on the effect of globalization on American government by comparing how U.S. politics affect the world and vice versa. These boxed highlights appear in every other chapter, alternating withLooking to the Future. Expanded discussion of the Electoral College helps to explain its functions in greater detail. Pedagogical features throughout the book enhance the learning experience: Crosstabs and IDEAlog marginal icons note where students can incorporate these supplements to demonstrate the practical applications of material. A marginal glossary highlights important terms. A four-color design provides a lively, engaging text.

Table of Contents

Dilemmas of Democracy
The Globalization of American Government
The Purposes of Government
A Conceptual Framework for Analyzing Government
The American Governmental Process: Majoritarian or Pluralist?
Politics in a Changing World: Too Much Direct Democracy in California?
Democracy and Globalization
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 Politics in a Changing World: A New Birth of Freedom: Exporting American Constitutionalism
Federalism Theories and Metaphors
The Dynamics of Federalism Ideology, Policymaking, and American Federalism
Looking to the Future: Water Wars Among the States?
Federalism and Electoral Politics Federalism and the American Intergovernmental System Federalism and Pluralism
Public Opinion, Political Socialization, and the Media Public Opinion and the Models of Democracy Political Socialization
Social Groups and Political Values From Values to Ideology
The Process of Forming
Political Opinions
The Media in America Reporting and Following the News Looking to the Future: Who Will Be Last to Read a Newspaper?
Evaluating the Media in Government
Participation and Voting Democracy and Political Participation
Unconventional Participation
Conventional Participation
Participating Through Voting
Explaining Political Participation
Looking to the Future: Will the South Rise Over the North?
Participation and Freedom, Equality, and Order Participation and the Models of Democracy
Political Parties, Campaigns, and Elections Political Parties and Their Functions
A History of U.S. Party Politics
The American Two-Party System Politics in a Changing World: The Changing Relationship Between Age and Party Identification
Party Ideology and Organization
The Model of Responsible Party
Government Parties and Candidates Elections Campaigns Explaining
Voting Choice Campaigns, Elections, and Parties
Interest Groups
Interest Groups and the American Political Tradition
How Interest Groups Form Looking to the Future: Labor Pains Interest
Group Resources Lobbying Tactics Is the System Biased?
The Origin and Powers of Congress
Electing the Congress Politics in a Changing World: Underrepresentation in the House of Representatives
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: Trustees or Delegates?
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 Politics in a Changing World: Coalition Leaders or Cowboys?
The Bureaucracy Organization Matters
The Development of the Bureaucratic State Bureaus and Bureaucrats Looking to the Future: Downsizing the Federal Bureaucracy?
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 Politics in a Changing World: No Constitutional Right to Die
Order and Civil Liberties
The Bill of Rights Freedom of Religion Freedom of Expression Looking to the Future: "Free the Mouse": Mickey Remains Behind Copyright Bars
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 Looking to the Future: White or Black?
Try Moreno, Truigueno, or Indio Gender and Equal Rights: The Women's Movement Affirmative Action: Equal Opportunity or Equal Outcome?
Policymaking and the Budget
Government Purposes and Public Policies
Fragmentation and Coordination
Economic Policy and the Budget Looking to the Future: Is the Social Security Program Sustainable?
The Declaration of Independence
The Constitution of the United States of America
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