The Challenge of Democracy Government in America

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  • Edition: 9th
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2006-12-27
  • Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing
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This best-selling, mainstream American government text is both a comprehensive introduction and a complete program, with the print text and ancillaries carefully crafted to work together to benefit both instructor and student. The Ninth Edition maintains its highly acclaimed, non-ideological framework, exploring three themes: freedom, order, and equality as political values; the majoritarianism vs. pluralism debate; and globalization's effect on American politics. Extensively updated, this edition includes new examples, figures, and data and current discussions on such topics as the 2006 Congressional election, the Bush administration, campaign finance reform, Hurricane Katrina and FEMA, immigration policy, MEDICARE, and more. Continuing to offer leading-edge technology for teaching and learning, the program now offers course content in Eduspace, Blackboard, and WebCT formats andIn Our Own Words--downloadable chapter overviews in MP3 format narrated by the authors. Additional proven media tools includeTalking Politicsaudio clips and marginal references to the award-winning site, IDEAlog.org. New!Eduspace/Blackboard/WebCT online course content includes an interactive eBook, customizable graded homework and quizzes, primary source documents, Associated Press Interactive animations, simulations, writing assignments and tutorials, discussion assignments, a threaded message board, and video clips of election ads. New!Revised and updated Chapter 5, "Public Opinion and Political Socialization," features updated information on religion, the role gender played in the 2004 presidential election, and the death penalty. New!Reorganized Chapter 9, "Nominations, Elections, and Campaigns," offers revised coverage of campaign finance to include information on campaign spending during the 2004 and 2006 elections. New!Revised and updated material in Chapter 10, "Interest Groups," presents new material on 527s, recent lobbyist scandals, and interest groups with no membership. New!Updated Chapter 12, "The Presidency," addresses the second George W. Bush administration, including the president's relationship with Congress and 2006 midterm election results. New!Revised Chapter 17, "Policymaking," highlights the latest on FEMA, Medicare, and legislating life and death issues (as in the case of Terri Schiavo). Current, relevant chapter-opening vignettes, nearly half of which are new to the Ninth Edition, introduce chapter topics and capture student interest. Politics in a Changing Worldboxes focus on the effect of globalization on American government by comparing how US politics affects the world and vice versa. These highlighted features appear in every other chapter, alternating withLooking to the Future. Can You Explain Whymarginal features challenge students to use their critical-thinking skills to explain paradoxical political situations and/or concepts. Looking to the Futureinvites students to consider trends in American government such as declining voter turnout, or to evaluate questions, such as whether federal government is shrinking or expanding, and then to consider the implications of their answers. Talking Politicsaudio clips, found on both the Online Teaching and Study Centers and the student and instructor CDs, allow students to hear American politics in action through speeches and interviews. Compared With What? features in each chapter, nearly 50 percent new or revised, encourage students to evaluate our political system as compared with those of other countries. A new set of marginal tie-ins to IDEAlog.com directs students to this award-winning interactive site for analysis relevant to the chapter content.

Table of Contents

Preliminary Contents
Note: Each chapter concludes with a Summary
Dilemmas of 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 Feature: The Four Freedoms Compared with What? The Importance of Order and Freedom in Other Nations 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 Politics in a Changing World: Too Much Direct Democracy in California? Democracy and Globalization
Foundations of American Government
The Constitution The Revolutionary Roots of the Constitution Feature Remembering Watergate and the Constitution From Revolution to Confederation From Confederation to Constitution The Final Product Compared with What? Britain's Bill of Rights 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 Federalism's Dynamics 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 the International System Compared with What? Iraqi-Style Federalism Federalism and Pluralism
Linking People with Government
Public Opinion and Political Socialization Public Opinion and the Models of Democracy Feature: Sampling a Few, Predicting to Everyone The Distribution of Public Opinion Politics in a Changing World: Are Students More Conservative Than Their Parents? Political Socialization Looking to the Future: Will No One Trust Anyone by 2060? Social Groups and Political Values From Values to Ideology Forming Political Opinions Compared with What? Opinions on a World Without Saddam Hussein
The Media People, Government, and Communications The Development of the Mass Media in the United States Private Ownership of the Media Compared with What? Top Twenty-Five Nations in Internet Penetration Government Regulation of the Media Functions of the Mass Media for the Political System 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 Compared with What? Popular Participation in Politics Participating Through Voting Explaining Political Participation Compared with What? Voter Turnout in European and American Elections Since 1945 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 Political Parties and Their Functions Compared with What? Only Two to Tangle A History of U.S. Party Politics Feature: The Wizard of Oz: A Political Fable The American Two-Party System Party Ideology and Organization Politics in a Changing World: The Changing Relationship Between Age and Party Identification The Model of Responsible Party Government
Nominations, Elections, and Campaigns The Evolution of Campaigning Compared with What? The Voter's Burden in the United States and Canada Nominations Feature: Changes in the Presidential Nomination Process Looking to the Future: "Happy New Ye
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