The Struggle for Democracy

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  • Edition: 8th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2007-01-01
  • Publisher: Longman
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This critical thinking approach to American government asks students to evaluate the quality of democracy in America today within a unique framework that offers a holistic view of our system. The eighth edition of this best-selling text has been completely updated through the 2006 midterm elections. Continuing to offer its lively, critical thinking approach to the course,The Struggle for Democracyis organized around two themes: "Using the Democracy Standard" and "Using the Framework." The first theme, woven throughout the narrative of the entire book, asks students to evaluate the health and vitality of American democracy today against a "democratic ideal" that is carefully defined in the first chapter. The text's second theme, "Using the Framework," asks students to look at the structures underlying our political systemsuch as the economy, society, cultural values, technologyand examine how these structures affect, and are affected by, our political system.

Table of Contents

Democracy and American Politics
Robert Moses and the Struggle for African-American Voting Rights. Democracy
A Framework for Understanding How American Politics Works
Understanding American Politics Holistically
The Constitution
Shays Rebellion
The Political Theory and Practices of the Revolutionary Era
The Articles of Confederation: The First Constitution
Convening the Constitutional Convention
The Constitutional Convention
The Struggle to Ratify the Constitution
The Changing Constitution, Democracy, and American Politics
Federalism: States and Nation
Welfare Reform and the States
Federalism as a System of Government
The Constitution and Shared Powers
The Evolution of Federalism
The Rise of National Grants-in-Aid to the States
The Balance of Power and Control
The Consequences of Federalism
The Structural Foundations of American Government and Politics
"B-1 Bob" Learns About His District
American Society: How It Has Changed and Why It Matters
The American Economy
The United States in the International System
The Foundation Beliefs of American Political Culture
Structural Influences on American Politics
Public Opinion and Political Socialization
The Vietnam War and the Public
Democracy and Public Opinion
What People Know About Politics
How People Feel About Politics
Sources of Political Attitudes
How People Differ
Public Opinion and Policy
The Mass Media
"Vernon Jordan Meets the Press." Roles of the Mass Media in Democracy
The Media Landscape
How the Media Work
Effects of the Media on Politics
Censorship and Government Regulation
Judging the Media
Interest Groups and Corporations
Lobbying for China
Interest Groups in a Democratic Society: Contrasting Views
Interest Group Formation: Structural, Political Linkage, and Governmental Factors
What Interests Are Represented
What Interest Groups Do
Possible Flaws in the Pluralist Heaven
The Special Place of Business Corporations
Curing the Mischief of Factions
Social Movements
Women Win the Right to Vote
What Are Social Movements?
Major Social Movements in the United States
Social Movements in a Majoritarian Democracy
Factors That Encourage the Creation of Social Movement
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