America's New Democracy

ISBN-10: 0205662935
ISBN-13: 9780205662937
Edition: 5th 2009
List price: $50.60
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Book details

List price: $50.60
Edition: 5th
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Longman Publishing Group
Publication date: 12/10/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 608
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.672
Language: English

This concise, highly affordable text provides an engaging, analytical approach to American Government that stresses the importance of elections in contemporary American politics. Written in a strong narrative voice and brimming with student-relevant examples, Americarsquo;s New Democracyprovides a focused and stimulating treatment of politics in the United States. Illustrating popular influence across the political system in defense of a central theme-that elections matter more in Americarsquo;s political system today than they have in the past or do in other democracies-the book challenges the pessimistic view that government seldom listens to ordinary people.Americarsquo;s New Democracyencourages readers to see that in a system where votes are the main currency, both power and responsibility rest on the shoulders ofallcitizens.

Paul E. Peterson is Henry Lee Shattuck Professor of Government, Harvard University.

Preface
Foundations of America's New Democracy
Democracy in the United States
A Unique Conception of Democracy
Elections Are Plentiful
The Permanent Campaign
Evaluating America's New Democracy
Chapter Summary
Key Terms
Suggested Readings
On the Web
The U.S. Constitution
Influences on the U.S. Constitution
The Constitutional Convention
The First National Election
Evaluating the Constitution
Chapter Summary
Key Terms
Suggested Readings
On the Web
Federalism
The Trend Toward Centralized Government
State and Local Government
Chapter Summary
Key Terms
Suggested Readings
On the Web
Channels of Influence in America's New Democracy
American Political Culture
Social Diversity
Philosophical Unity
Why a Liberal Political Culture?
Chapter Summary
Key Terms
Suggested Readings
On the Web
Public Opinion
Sources of Public Opinion
Measuring Public Opinion
Governing by Public Opinion?
Chapter Summary
Key Terms
Suggested Readings
On the Web
The Media
Media Influence on Public Opinion
Mass Media and the Election Connection
Chapter Summary
Key Terms
Suggested Readings
On the Web
Individual Participation
A Brief History of the Franchise in the United States
International Comparisons of Voter Turnout
Why Americans Vote Less Often Than in the Past
Is Low Turnout a Problem?
Outside the Voting Booth
Chapter Summary
Key Terms
Suggested Readings
On the Web
National Elections
Voting Behavior: The Importance of Elections
Can Reforms Improve the System?
Chapter Summary
Key Terms
Suggested Readings
On the Web
Political Parties and Interest Groups
Political Parties: A Necessary Evil?
Parties Versus Interest Groups
Interest Groups: A Biased Chorus?
Chapter Summary
Key Terms
Suggested Readings
On the Web
The Institutions of America's New Democracy
The Congress
The Organization of Congress
How a Bill Becomes a Law
The Congressional Career
Evaluating Congress
Chapter Summary
Key Terms
Suggested Readings
On the Web
The Presidency
Presidential Constituencies
The President's Limited Powers
The Presidential Advisers
The Two Presidencies
Evaluating Presidents
Chapter Summary
Key Terms
Suggested Readings
On the Web
The Bureaucracy
Structure of the Federal Bureaucracy
America's Particularly Political Bureaucracy
Outside Influences on the Executive Branch
Policy Implementation
Chapter Summary
Key Terms
Suggested Readings
On the Web
The Judiciary
The Federal Court System
The Power of Judicial Review
State Courts
Chapter Summary
Key Terms
Suggested Readings
On the Web
Outputs from America's New Democracy
Civil Liberties
Origins of Civil Liberties in the United States
Selective Incorporation
Freedom of Expression
Freedom of Religion
The Right to Privacy
Criminal Justice
Chapter Summary
Key Terms
Suggested Readings
On the Web
Civil Rights
Civil Rights: More Than Just a Race Thing
African Americans and the Importance of Voting Rights
The Civil Rights of Ethnic Minorities
Gender, Sexuality, and Civil Rights
Rights of Americans with Disabilities
Chapter Summary
Key Terms
Suggested Readings
On the Web
Public Policy
Setting Public Policy
Domestic Policy
Economic Policy
Foreign and Defense Policy
Chapter Summary
Key Terms
Suggested Readings
On the Web
Appendix
The Declaration of Independence
The Constitution of the United States of America
The Federalist No. 10
The Federalist No. 51
Presidents of the United States
Glossary
Endnotes
Photo Credits
Name Index
Subject Index

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