We the People : A Concise Introduction to American Politics

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  • Copyright: 2007-04-20
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If a story is only as good as its storyteller, it is no wonder that We the People is now in its seventh edition. Incorporating 2006 election coverage and analysis, the new edition also puts increased emphasis on media and political culture-the areas for which Tom Patterson is best known. Brief readings at the end of each chapter are taken from both contemporary and classic sources, giving students the benefit of a comprehensive text and a reader in one concise book.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. XV
American Political Culture: Seeking a More Perfect Unionp. 1
Political Culture: The Core Principles of American Governmentp. 3
America's Core Values: Liberty, Equality, and Self-Governmentp. 6
Politics: The Resolution of Conflictp. 17
Political Power: The Control of Policyp. 23
The Concept of a Political System and This Book's Organizationp. 31
Summaryp. 33
Key Termsp. 34
Suggested Readingsp. 34
List of Websitesp. 35
Politics in Theory and Practicep. 35
Additional Resourcesp. 35
What We Love about Americap. R1-1
Constitutional Democracy: Promoting Liberty and Self-Governmentp. 37
Before the Constitution: The Colonial and Revolutionary Experiencesp. 39
Negotiating Toward a Constitutionp. 45
Protecting Liberty: Limited Governmentp. 51
Providing for Self-Governmentp. 61
Constitutional Democracy Todayp. 69
Summaryp. 70
Key Termsp. 71
Suggested Readingsp. 71
List of Websitesp. 72
Politics in Theory and Practicep. 72
Additional Resourcesp. 72
The Mischiefs of Factionp. R2-1
Federalism: Forging a Nationp. 73
Federalism: National and State Sovereigntyp. 76
Federalism in Historical Perspectivep. 84
Federalism Todayp. 95
The Public's Influence: Setting the Boundaries of Federal-State Powerp. 105
Summaryp. 106
Key Termsp. 107
Suggested Readingsp. 107
List of Websitesp. 108
Politics in Theory and Practicep. 108
Additional Resourcesp. 108
The National Idea in American Politicsp. R3-1
Civil Liberties: Protecting Individual Rightsp. 109
Freedom of Expressionp. 113
Freedom of Religionp. 124
The Right of Privacyp. 129
Rights of Persons Accused of Crimesp. 132
Rights and the War on Terrorismp. 144
The Courts and a Free Societyp. 147
Summaryp. 148
Key Termsp. 149
Suggested Readingsp. 149
List of Websitesp. 150
Politics in Theory and Practicep. 150
Additional Resourcesp. 150
A Constitutional Amendment to Ban Flag Burningp. R4-1
Equal Rights: Struggling Toward Fairnessp. 151
The Struggle for Equalityp. 153
Equality Under the Lawp. 172
Equality of Resultp. 178
Persistent Discrimination: Superficial Differences, Deep Divisionsp. 186
Summaryp. 188
Key Termsp. 189
Suggested Readingsp. 189
List of Websitesp. 190
Politics in Theory and Practicep. 190
Additional Resourcesp. 190
Letter from Birmingham Jailp. R5-1
Public Opinion and Political Socialization: Shaping the People's Voicep. 191
The Nature of Public Opinionp. 193
Political Socialization: How Americans Learn Their Politicsp. 200
Frames of Reference: How Americans Think Politicallyp. 205
The Influence of Public Opinion on Policyp. 218
Summaryp. 220
Key Termsp. 221
Suggested Readingsp. 221
List of Websitesp. 222
Politics in Theory and Practicep. 222
Additional Resourcesp. 222
The Iraq Syndromep. R6-1
Political Participation and Voting: Expressing the Popular Willp. 223
Voter Participationp. 224
Conventional Forms of Participation Other Than Votingp. 236
Unconventional Activism: Social Movements and Protest Politicsp. 242
Participation and the Potential for Influencep. 245
Summaryp. 248
Key Termsp. 249
Suggested Readingsp. 249
List of Websitesp. 250
Politics in Theory and Practicep. 250
Additional Resourcesp. 250
Voter Participation and Electoral Competitionp. R7-1
Political Parties, Candidates, and Campaigns: Defining the Voter's Choicep. 251
Party Competition and Majority Rule: The History of U.S. Partiesp. 253
Electoral and Party Systemsp. 262
Party Organizationsp. 271
The Candidate-Centered Campaignp. 280
Parties, Candidates, and the Public's Influencep. 286
Summaryp. 289
Key Termsp. 290
Suggested Readingsp. 290
List of Websitesp. 291
Politics in Theory and Practicep. 291
Additional Resourcesp. 291
GOP Has Lock on South, and Democrats Can't Find Keyp. R8-1
Interest Groups: Organizing for Influencep. 293
The Interest-Group Systemp. 297
Inside Lobbying: Seeking Influence Through Official Contactsp. 307
Outside Lobbying: Seeking Influence Through Public Pressurep. 314
The Group System: Indispensable but Biasedp. 319
Summaryp. 323
Key Termsp. 324
Suggested Readingsp. 324
List of Websitesp. 325
Politics in Theory and Practicep. 325
Additional Resourcesp. 325
The Lobbying Game Todayp. R9-1
The News Media: Communicating Political Imagesp. 327
Historical Development: From Partisanship to Objective Journalismp. 330
The Politics of America's News Mediap. 333
The News Media as Link: Roles the Press Can and Cannot Performp. 345
Organizing the Public in the Media Agep. 354
Summaryp. 355
Key Termsp. 356
Suggested Readingsp. 356
List of Websitesp. 356
Politics in Theory and Practicep. 357
Additional Resourcesp. 357
To Publish, or Not to Publishp. R10-1
Congress: Balancing National Goals and Local Interestsp. 359
Congress as a Career: Election to Congressp. 361
Congressional Leadershipp. 372
The Committee Systemp. 383
How a Bill Becomes Lawp. 386
Congress's Policymaking Rolep. 392
Congress: Too Much Pluralism?p. 401
Summaryp. 402
Key Termsp. 403
Suggested Readingsp. 404
List of Websitesp. 404
Politics in Theory and Practicep. 405
Additional Resourcesp. 405
Running for Congress, Staying in Congressp. R11-1
The Presidency: Leading the Nationp. 407
Foundations of the Modern Presidencyp. 410
Choosing the Presidentp. 417
Staffing the Presidencyp. 428
Factors in Presidential Leadershipp. 433
Summaryp. 446
Key Termsp. 447
Suggested Readingsp. 447
List of Websitesp. 448
Politics in Theory and Practicep. 448
Additional Resourcesp. 448
Presidential Powerp. R12-1
The Federal Bureaucracy: Administering the Governmentp. 449
Federal Administration: Form, Personnel, and Activitiesp. 451
Development of the Federal Bureaucracy: Politics and Administrationp. 460
The Bureaucracy's Power Imperativep. 465
Bureaucratic Accountabilityp. 469
Reinventing Government?p. 479
Summaryp. 482
Key Termsp. 483
Suggested Readingsp. 484
List of Websitesp. 484
Politics in Theory and Practicep. 485
Additional Resourcesp. 485
Hurricane Katrina: A Nation Unpreparedp. R13-1
The Federal Judicial System: Applying the Lawp. 487
The Federal Judicial Systemp. 489
Federal Court Appointeesp. 499
The Nature of Judicial Decision Makingp. 503
Political Influences on Judicial Decisionsp. 507
Judicial Power and Democratic Governmentp. 513
Summaryp. 523
Key Termsp. 524
Suggested Readingsp. 524
List of Websitesp. 525
Politics in Theory and Practicep. 525
Additional Resourcesp. 526
Judicial Interpretationp. R14-1
Economic and Environmental Policy: Contributing to Prosperityp. 527
The Public Policy Processp. 529
Government as Regulator of the Economyp. 534
Government as Protector of the Environmentp. 543
Government as Promoter of Economic Interestsp. 551
Fiscal Policy: Government as Manager of the Economy, Ip. 553
Monetary Policy: Government as Manager of Economy, IIp. 564
Summaryp. 569
Key Termsp. 570
Suggested Readingsp. 570
List of Websitesp. 571
Politics in Theory and Practicep. 571
Additional Resourcesp. 572
Global Warmingp. R15-1
Welfare and Education Policy: Providing for Personal Security and Needp. 573
Poverty in America: The Nature of the Problemp. 576
The Politics and Policies of Social Welfarep. 580
Education as Equality of Opportunityp. 593
The American Way of Promoting the General Welfarep. 601
Summaryp. 602
Key Termsp. 603
Suggested Readingsp. 603
List of Websitesp. 604
Politics in Theory and Practicep. 604
Additional Resourcesp. 604
Welfare Reformp. R16-1
Foreign and Defense Policy: Protecting the American Wayp. 605
The Roots of U.S. Foreign and Defense Policyp. 607
The Military Dimension of National Security Policyp. 617
The Economic Dimension of National Security Policyp. 625
A New Worldp. 636
Summaryp. 637
Key Termsp. 638
Suggested Readingsp. 638
List of Websitesp. 639
Politics in Theory and Practicep. 639
Additional Resourcesp. 640
The Preemptive War Doctrinep. R17-1
The Declaration of Independencep. A-1
The Constitution of the United States of Americap. A-5
Glossaryp. G-1
Notesp. N-1
Creditsp. C-1
Indexp. I-1
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