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    American Democracy

    ISBN-10: 0073219363
    ISBN-13: 9780073219363
    Author(s): Thomas E. Patterson, Gary M. Halter
    Description: This comprehensive text is known for its engaging narrative and its positive presentation of the latest developments in scholarship and real-life politics. Through the use of narrative, "The American Democracy" weaves together theory, information,  More...
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    Edition: 8th
    Publisher: McGraw-Hill Higher Education
    Binding: Hardcover
    Pages: 775
    Size: 8.75" wide x 11.25" long x 1.25" tall
    Weight: 4.334
    Language: English

    This comprehensive text is known for its engaging narrative and its positive presentation of the latest developments in scholarship and real-life politics. Through the use of narrative, "The American Democracy" weaves together theory, information, and examples in ways that highlight key points, make them easy to understand, and capture readers' interest. The Texas edition includes eight additional chapters that examine the government and politics of the Lone Star State including the Texas State Constitution, interest groups, political parties and elections, the legislature, the governor and state agencies, the court system, and local government in Texas.

    Thomas E. Patterson is the Bradlee Professor of Government and the Press at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. For many years he taught at Syracuse University. He is the author of several other books on politics and the media, includingOut of Order,which won the American Political Science Association’s 2002 Doris Graber Award for the best book in the field of political communication, andThe Unseeing Eye,which was named one of the fifty most influential books of the past half century in the field of public opinion by the American Association for Public Opinion Research. He lives in Brookline, Massachusetts.

    Gary Halter is a Professor of Political Science at Texas A&M University in College Station. He is a native of Amarillo and Wichita Falls, Texas and his PhD is from the University of Maryland. He served as the Mayor of College Station, Texas for six years and as a council member for five years. He has worked as a consultant to many city councils in Texas and in other states on goal setting and policy making. With Harvey Tucker, is a co-author of theTexas Legislative Almanac.

    Foundations
    American Political Culture
    Seeking a More Perfect Union Political Culture
    The Core Principles of American Government America’s Core Values
    Liberty, Equality, and Self-Government Politics
    The Resolution of Conflict Political Power
    The Control of Policy
    The Concept of a Political System and This Book’s Organization
    Constitutional Democracy
    Promoting Liberty and Self-Government Before the Constitution
    The Colonial and Revolutionary Experiences Negotiating Toward a Constitution Protecting Liberty
    Limited Government Providing for Self-Government Constitutional Democracy Today
    Federalism
    Forging a Nation Federalism
    National and State Sovereignty Federalism in Historical Perspective Federalism Today
    The Public’s Influence
    Setting the Boundaries of Federal-State Power
    Civil Liberties
    Protecting Individual Rights Freedom of Expression Freedom of Religion
    The Right of Privacy Rights of Persons Accused of Crimes Rights and the War on Terrorism
    The Courts and a Free Society
    Equal Rights
    Struggling Toward Fairness
    The Struggle for Equality Equality Under the Law Equality of Result Persistent Discrimination
    Superficial Differences, Deep Divisions
    Mass Politics
    Public Opinion and Political Socialization
    Shaping the People’s Voice
    The Nature of Public Opinion Political Socialization
    How Americans Learn
    Their Politics Frames of Reference
    How Americans Think Politically
    The Influence of Public Opinion on Policy
    Political Participation and Voting
    Expressing the Popular Will Voter Participation Conventional Forms of Participation Other Than Voting Unconventional Activism
    Social Movements and Protest Politics Participation and the Potential for Influence
    Political Parties, Candidates, and Campaigns
    Defining the Voter’s Choice Party Competition and Majority Rule
    The History of U.S. Parties Electoral and Party Systems Party Organizations
    The Candidate-Centered Campaign Parties, Candidates, and the Public’s Influence
    Interest Groups
    Organizing for Influence
    The Interest-Group System Inside Lobbying
    Seeking Influence Through Official Contracts Outside Lobbying
    Seeking Influence Through Public Pressure
    The Group System
    Indispensable but Biased
    The News Media
    Communicating Political Images
    The Development of the News Media
    From Partisanship to Objective Journalism Freedom and Conformity in the U.S. News Media
    The News Media as Link
    Roles the Press Can and Cannot Perform Organizing the Public in the Media Age
    Governing Institutions
    Congress
    Balancing National Goals and Local Interests Congress as a Career
    Election to Congress Congressional Leadership
    The Committee System How a Bill Becomes Law Congress’s Policymaking Role Congress
    Too Much Pluralism?
    The Presidency
    Leading the Nation Foundations of the Modern Presidency Choosing the President Staffing the Presidency Factors in Presidential Leadership
    The Federal Bureaucracy
    Administering the Government Federal Administration
    Form, Personnel, and Activities Development of the Federal Bureaucracy
    Politics and Administration
    The Bureaucracy’s Power Imperative Bureaucratic Accountability Reinventing Government
    The Federal Judicial System
    Applying the Law
    The Federal Judicial System Federal Court Appointees
    The Nature of Judicial Decision Making Political Influences on Judicial Decisions Judicial Power and Democratic Government
    The Debate over the Proper Role of the Judiciary
    Public Policy
    Economic and Environmental Policy
    Contributing to Prosperity Government as Regulator of the Economy
    Government as Protector of the Environment
    Government as Promoter of Economic Interests Fiscal Policy
    Government as Manager of Economy, I Monetary Policy
    Government as Manager of Economy, II
    Welfare and Education Policy
    Providing for Personal Security and Need Poverty in America
    The Nature of the Problem
    The Politics and Policies of Social Welfare Individual-Benefit Programs Education as Equality of Opportunity
    The American Way Culture, Politics, and Social Welfare
    Foreign and Defense Policy
    Protecting the American Way
    The Roots of U.S. Foreign and Defense Policy
    The Process of Foreign and Military Policymaking
    The Military Dimension of the National Security Policy
    The Economic Dimension of National Security Policy A New World
    Texas Government and Politics
    Introduction to Texas Government
    The State Constitution
    Participation Politics and Interest Groups in Texas Politics
    Political Parties and Elections in Texas
    The Texas Legislature
    The Office of Governor and State Agencies in Texas
    The Court System in Texas
    Local Governments in Texas
    Appendixes
    Glossary
    Notes Credits
    Index

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