Politics in America : Basic Version

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  • Edition: 5th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2003-01-01
  • Publisher: Pearson College Div
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Politics in America, written by the well-known political scientist Tom Dye, presents a clear, concise introduction to the American political system. His lively, absorbing narrative examines the struggle for power: “Who gets what, when, and how”. This Basic Version of the popular book includes current coverage of our political system, and covers such topics as: political culture, the constitution, the participants and the party system, institutions such as Congress, the Presidency, and the Courts, and personal liberties and civil rights. For anyone interested in reading about the American political system, including government employees, political workers, and policymakers.

Table of Contents


1. Politics: Who Gets What, When, and How.
2. Political Culture: Ideas in Conflict.


3. The Constitution: Limiting Governmental Power.
4. Federalism: Dividing Governmental Power.


5. Opinion and Participation: Thinking and Acting in Politics.
6. Mass Media: Setting the Political Agenda.
7. Political Parties: Organizing Politics.
8. Campaigns and Elections: Deciding Who Governs.
9. Interest Groups: Getting Their Share and More.


10. Congress: Politics on Capitol Hill.
11. The President: White House Politics.
12. The Bureaucracy: Bureaucratic Politics.
13. Courts: Judicial Politics.


14. Politics and Personal Liberty.
15. Politics and Civil Rights.
16. Politics and the Economy.
17. Politics and Social Welfare.
18. Politics and National Security.
The Declaration of Independence. The Federalist, No. 10, James Madison. The Federalist, No. 51, James Madison. Presidents and Vice Presidents. Presidential Elections and Voting. Party Control of Congress.

Basic Version: Table of Contents as above for Chapters 1-15 only. No separate policy chapters in this version.

Texas Edition: Table of Contents as above plus these additional chapters concerning Texas politics:
19. The Social and Economic Milieu of Texas Politics.
20. The Texas Constitution.
21. Interest Groups, Political Parties, and Elections in Texas.
22. The Texas Legislature.
23. The Texas Executive and Bureaucracy.
24. The Texas Judiciary.
25. Local Government in Texas: Cities, Towns, Counties, and Special Districts.

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