Government by the People, Brief Edition, 2001-2002 Edition

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  • Copyright: 2001-12-01
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KEY BENFIT: This comprehensive, classic book takes readers from on-lookers to participants. Government by the People lets them see democracy as the participatory government that it is. Covers 2000 Presidential Election, constitutional democracy, political culture and ideology, campaigns and elections, the Presidency, the judiciary, and much more. Explains how Congress and the President work together. For anyone interested in American Government.

Table of Contents

All chapters end with Politics Online, a Summary, Key Terms and Further Reading.
A Message from the Authors.
A Message from the Publisher.
About the Authors.


1. Constitutional Democracy.
Defining Democracy. People Debate: Electoral Politics. The Constitutional Convention, 1787. To Adopt or Not to Adopt? The Living Constitution. Checking Power with Power. Judicial Review and the "Guardians of the Constitution". The Constitution as an Instrument of Government. Changing the Letter of the Constitution. The Constitution of the United States.

2. American Federalism.
Defining Federalism. The Constitutional Structure of American Federalism. The Role of the Federal Courts: Umpires of Federalism. Regulatory Federalism, Federal Grants, and Federal Mandates. The Politics of Federalism 61 The Future of Federalism.


3. Political Culture and Ideology.
The American Political Culture. Ideology and Attitudes About the Role of Government. People Debate: Ideology. Ideology and the American People. Ideology and Tolerance.

4. The American Political Landscape.
A Land of Diversity. Where We Live. Who We Are. Family Structure. Unity in a Land of Diversity.

5. Political Parties and Interest Groups.
What Parties Do for Democracy. American Parties Today. People Debate: Campaign Finance. Interest Groups and Social Movements. Types of Interest Groups. Characteristics and Power of Interest Groups. The Influence of Lobbyists. Interest Group Money and Politics. Curing the Mischiefs of Faction Two Hundred Years Later. Is Reform Possible?

6. Public Opinion, Voting, and Elections.
Public Opinion. Participation: Translating Opinions into Action. Voting Choices. Elections: The Rules of the Game. Running for Congress. Running for President. Money in American Elections. Improving Elections. People Debate: Electoral College Reform.

7. The Media and American Politics.
The Influence of the Media on Politics. The Changing Role of American News Media. The New Mediator in American Politics. The Media and Elections. The Media and Governance.


8. Congress: The People's Branch.
Congressional Elections. The Structure and Powers of Congress. The Job of the Legislator. The Legislative Obstacle Course. Committees: The Little Legislatures. Congress: An Assessment and a View on Reforms.

9. The Presidency: The Leadership Branch.
The Politics of Shared Powers. In Search of the Perfect President. The Challenging Job of Being President. The Vice-Presidency. Keeping Presidents Accountable. Presidential Greatness? How We Judge Them.

10. Congressional-Presidential Relations.
Separate but Equal Branches. Why Congress Often Views Things Differently. Controversy Between the Branches. Coalition Building. The Capacity to Lead.

11. The Judiciary: The Balancing Branch.
The Scope of Judicial Power. Federal Justice. Prosecution and Defense. The Politics of Judicial Selection. People Debate: Interpreting the Constitution. How the Supreme Court Operates. Judicial Power in a Constitutional Democracy.

12. The Bureaucracy: The Real Power?
Bureaucracy: A Perennial Political Issue. The Federal Bureaucracy. The Bureaucracy in Action. The Case of Bureau Chief George Brown. Bureaucratic Accountability. What the Public Thinks of Bureaucrats and the Bureaucracy.


13. First Amendment Freedoms.
Rights in the Original Constitution. The Bill of Rights and the States. Freedom of Religion. Free Speech and Free People. Nonprotected and Protected Speech. Freedom of the Press. Other Media and Communications. Freedom of Assembly.

14. Equal Justice Under the Law.
Citizenship Rights. Equality and Equal Rights. Equal Protection of the Laws: What Does It Mean? Voting Rights. Education Rights. Rights to Public Accommodations, Jobs, and Homes. Affirmative Action: Is It Constitutional? People Debate: Affirmative Action. Property Rights. Due Process Rights. Privacy Rights. Rights of Persons Accused of Crimes. How Just Is Our System of justice? The Supreme Court and Civil Liberties.


15. Making Economic and Social Policy.
Economic Policy. Monetary Policy. A Balancing Act. Trade Policy. Regulatory Policy. Regulating Business. Regulating Labor and Management. Environmental Protection. The Deregulation Debate. Regulatory Outcomes and Issues. The Role of Government in Social Policy. A Brief History of Social Policy in the United States. Welfare. People Debate: Social Security. Health Care. Education. Crime. The Politics of Economic and Social Policy.

16. Making Foreign and Defense Policy.
Vital Interests in the Twenty-first Century. Key Players in Foreign Policy. The Politics of Making Foreign and Defense Policy. Foreign and Defense Policy Options. The United Nations. National Security and Defense. The Politics of Defense Spending. Prospects for the Future.

The Declaration of Independence. The Federalist, No. 10. The Federalist, No. 51. The Federalist, No. 78. Presidential Election Results, 1789-2000.


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