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American Government Policy and Politics

ISBN-10: 0205746756
ISBN-13: 9780205746750
Edition: 10th 2010
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Book details

List price: $119.80
Edition: 10th
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Longman Publishing
Publication date: 7/31/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 672
Size: 7.50" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.980
Language: English

Known for its extremely student-friendly, jargon-free style, the new edition ofAmerican Government: Policy and Politicsintroduces the essentials of American government in a way that any student can understand. Public policy is emphasized throughout to show students the impact that government has on their lives. The text also offers an abundance of debate-style boxes and active learning exercises to involve and engage students in the course material and encourage them to become participants in their government. As a Longman Study Edition, this text includes a battery of chapter tests for student study and practice. This edition features the results of the 2008 elections, and discussion of some of the hottest political issues of the day, such as immigration reform and the challenge posed by nuclear programs in Iran and North Korea.

To the Instructor
To the Student
Introduction Government, Politics, and the Policymaking Process
Learning Outcomes
The Importance of Government
Government and Politics
The Public Policy Approach
Getting Involved: Government and You
Key Terms
Notes
A Changing America in a Changing World
Learning Outcomes
Political Culture
The International Environment
The Demographic Environment
Global Perspective: Immigration Policy and Politics in France
The Economic Environment
Conclusion: The Cultural, International, and Socioeconomic Context for Policymaking
Getting Involved: A Changing Nation, Changing Communities
Key Terms
Notes
The American Constitution
Learning Outcomes
The Background of the Constitution
Constitutional Principles
The Living Constitution
Global Perspective: The British Parliamentary System
The Constitution, Politics, and Public Policy
Conclusion: The Constitutional Environment for Policymaking
Getting Involved: Service Learning
Key Terms
Notes
The Federal System
Learning Outcomes
The Constitutional Basis of Federalism
Federal Grant Programs
Global Perspective: Education Policy and Federalism in Germany
Conclusion: Federalism and Public Policy
Getting Involved: Federal Programs and You
Key Terms
Notes
Public Opinion
Learning Outcomes
Political Socialization
Measuring Public Opinion
Political Knowledge
Support for Democratic Principles
Global Perspective: Civil Unions in Denmark
Political Trust and Political Legitimacy
Political Efficacy
Political Philosophy
Conclusion: Public Opinion and Public Policy
Getting Involved: Family Politics
Key Terms
Notes
Political Participation
Learning Outcomes
Forms of Participation
Explaining Participation
Patterns of Participation
Nonvoters
Trends in Voter Turnout
Participation Rates in Comparative Perspective
Increasing Voter Turnout
Global Perspective: Compulsory Voting in Australia
Participation Bias
Conclusion: Political Participation and Public Policy
Getting Involved: Registering to Vote
Key Terms
Notes
The Media
Learning Outcomes
The Media Landscape
Global Perspective: Government Control of the Media in Cuba
Government Regulation of the News Media
Covering the News
Media Biases
Conclusion: The Media and Public Policy
Getting Involved: Favorite News and Information Links
Key Terms
Notes
Interest Groups
Learning Outcomes
Why People Join Groups
Types of Interest Groups
Global Perspective: Church and State in Mexico
Interest Group Tactics
Getting Involved: Participating in a Student Group
The Strength of Interest Groups
Conclusion: Interest Groups and Public Policy
Key Terms
Notes
Political Parties
Learning Outcomes
The Party System
Global Perspective: The Israeli Party System
Party Organization
Political Cycles and Party Realignment
The Party Balance: Democrats, Republicans, and Independents
Voting Patterns
Issue Orientation
Divided Government
Conclusion: Political Parties and Public Policy
Getting Involved: Party Politics at the Grassroots
Key Terms
Notes
Elections
Learning Outcomes
Types of Elections
Election Districts and Redistricting
Election Campaigns
Congressional Elections
Global Perspective: Legislative Elections in Brazil
Presidential Elections
The Voters Decide
Conclusion: Elections and Public Policy
Getting Involved: In-Person Politics
Key Terms
Notes
Congress
Learning Outcomes
Bicameralism
Membership
Organization
Global Perspective: The Indian Parliament
The Legislative Process
Getting Involved: Sending E-Mail to Your U.S. Representative
Conclusion: Congress and Public Policy
Key Terms
Notes
The Presidency
Learning Outcomes
The Constitutional Presidency
Presidential Powers
Two Presidencies Thesis
The Development of the Modern Presidency
The Organization of the Presidency
Global Perspective: The Russian Presidency
Theories of Presidential Leadership
Presidential Popularity
The Presidency in Context
Getting Involved: Why Do They Run?
Conclusion: The Presidency and Public Policy
Key Terms
Notes
The Federal Bureaucracy
Learning Outcomes
Organization of the Bureaucracy
Personnel
Rulemaking
Politics and Administration
Global Perspective: The Egyptian Bureaucracy
Subgovernments and Issue Networks
Conclusion: The Federal Bureaucracy and Public Policy
Getting Involved: Working for Uncle Sam
Key Terms
Notes
The Federal Courts
Learning Outcomes
Judicial Policymaking
Political History of the Supreme Court
The Federal Court System
Global Perspective: Islamic Law in Nigeria
Power, Politics, and the Courts
Conclusion: The Courts and Public Policy
Getting Involved: A Day in Court
Key Terms
Notes
Economic Policymaking
Learning Outcomes
The Goals of Economic Policy
Global Perspective: Healthcare in Canada
Tax Revenues
Budget Deficits and Surpluses
Government Expenditures
Fiscal Policymaking
Monetary Policymaking
Conclusion: Economic Policymaking
Getting Involved: Tax Breaks for College Students
Key Terms
Notes
Civil Liberties Policymaking
Learning Outcomes
The Constitutional Basis of Civil Liberties Policymaking
Civil Liberties Issues and Policies
Global Perspective: Population Policy in China
Getting Involved: Talking About Miranda
Conclusion: Civil Liberties Policymaking
Key Terms
Notes
Civil Rights Policymaking
Learning Outcomes
The Constitutional Basis of Civil Rights Policymaking
Civil Rights Issues and Policies
Global Perspective: Women's Rights in Saudi Arabia
Getting Involved: Voices from the Past
Conclusion: Civil Rights Policymaking
Key Terms
Notes
Foreign and Defense Policymaking
Learning Outcomes
The International Community
The Ends and Means of American Foreign and Defense Policy
The History of American Foreign Policy
Foreign Policy
Defense Policy
Global Perspective: Nuclear Weapons in Pakistan
Conclusion: Foreign and Defense Policymaking
Getting Involved: America in the Eyes of the World
Key Terms
Notes
Appendix
Glossary
Photo Credits
Index
Practice Tests

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