America's Democratic Republic

ISBN-10: 0205806740

ISBN-13: 9780205806744

Edition: 4th 2011 (Revised)

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Description: Updated in a new 4 th edition,America's Democratic Republicis a brief, affordable book in an accessible trade-like format that explores the clash between the democratic aspirations of the American people and the republican foundations of our Constitution. Written with a lively, narrative style, this text traces the storyline of American government and focuses on the long standing and inescapable tension between the countryrs"s 18th Century republican Constitutional foundations and the democratic aspirations of the American people.

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List price: $73.80
Edition: 4th
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Longman Publishing Group
Publication date: 12/13/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 704
Size: 5.75" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 2.002
Language: English

Preface
About the authors
Democratic Aspirations, Republican Constitutional Foundations
The American Democratic Republic
Eighteenth-Century Republicanism
Democracy
The American Democratic Republic
Key Terms
Suggestions for Further Reading
Internet Sources
The Constitution
The American Revolution and the Declaration of Independence
The Articles of Confederation: The First Constitution
The Democratic Challenge
The Constitutional Convention
What the Framers Created
The Struggle to Ratify the Constitution
The Changing Constitution and the American Democratic Republic
Key Terms
Suggestions for Further Reading
Internet Sources
Federalism: States and Nation
Federalism as a System of Government
Federalism in the Constitution
The Evolution of American Federalism
Fiscal Federalism
U.S. Federalism: Pro and Con
Federalism and the Democratic Republic
Key Terms
Suggestions for Further Reading
Internet Sources
Civil Liberties
Civil Liberties in the Constitution
Rights and Liberties in the Nineteenth Century
Nationalization of the Bill of Rights
Freedom of Speech
Freedom of the Press
Religious Freedom
Privacy
Rights of Those Accused of a Crime
Civil Liberties and Terrorism
Civil Liberties and the Democratic Republic
Key Terms
Suggestions for Further Reading
Internet Sources
Civil Rights
Civill Rights Before the Twentieth Century
The Contemporary status of Civil Rights for Racial Minorities
The Contemporary Status of Civil Rights for Women
Broadening the Civil Rights Umbrella
Civil Rights in the Democratic Republic
Key Terms
Suggestions for Further Reading
Internet Sources
Political Institutions
Public Opinion
Democracy and Public Opinion
Finding Out What People Think
Political Socialization: Learning Political Beliefs and Attitudes
How and Why People's Political Attitudes Differ
The Contours of American Public Opinion: Are the People Fit to Rule?
Does Public Opinion Determine What Government Does?
Public Opinion and the Democratic Republic
Key Terms
Suggestions for Further Reading
Internet Sources
The News Media
Roles of the News Media in a Democracy
Mainstream and Nonmainstream News Media
How the Mainstream News Media Work
Effects of the News Media on Politics
Democratic and Republican Encounters
Key Terms
Suggestions for Further Reading
Internet Sources
Interest Groups
Interest Groups in a Democratic Society: Contrasting Views
The Interest Group Universe
Why There Are So Many Interest Groups
What Interest Groups Do
Interest Groups and Inequality in American Politics
Curing the Mischief of Factions
Interest Groups and the Democratic Republic
Key Terms
Suggestions for Further Reading
Internet Sources
Political Parties
The Role of Political Parties in a Democratic Republic
The American Two-Party System
The Democratic and Republican Parties
The Parties in Government and in the Electorate
Political Parties and the Democratic Republic
Key Terms
Suggestions for Further Reading
Internet Sources
Elections and citizen Participation
The Place of Elections in Democratic and Republican Theories
Voting in the United States
Who Votes?
Campaigning for Office
Election Outcomes
Elections and Participation in the Democratic Republic
Key Terms
Suggestions for Further Reading
Internet Sources
Government Institutions
Congress
The Eighteenth-Century Republican Constitutional Foundations of Congress
Representation and Democracy
How Congress Works
How Effective Is Congress?
Congress and the Democratic Republic
Key Terms
Suggestions for Further Reading
Internet Sources
ThePresident
The Expanding Presidency
The Powers and Roles of the President
The President's Staff and Cabinet
The President and Congress: Perpetual Tug-of-War
The President and the People: An Evolving Relationship
The Presidency and the Democratic Republic
Key Terms
Suggestions for Further Reading
Internet Sources
TheFedral Bureaucracy
The Bureaucracy in Democratic and Eighteenth-Century Republican Doctrines
The American Bureaucracy: How Exceptional?
How the Executive Branch Is Organized
What Do Bureaucrats Do?
Who Are the Bureaucrats?
Political and Governmental Influences on Bureaucratic Behavior
Reforming the Federal Bureaucracy
The Federal Bureaucracy and the Democratic Republic
Key Terms
Suggestions for Further Reading
Internet Sources
Thee Courts
The Foundations of Judicial Power
Eighteenth-Century Republican Constitutional Design
The U.S. Court System: Organization and Jurisdiction
Appointment to the Federal Bench
The Supreme Court in Action
The Supreme Court as a National Policymaker
Outside Influences on the Court
The Supreme Court and the Democratic Republic
Key Terms
Suggestions for Further Reading
Internet Sources
What Government Does
The Budget and Economic Policies
Public Policy
Economic Policies
The Main Players and Influences on Economic Policy
The Government's Macroeconomic Policy Tools
Taxing, Spending, and the Federal Budget
Regulation
Economic Policies in the Democratic Republic
Key Terms
Suggestions for Further Reading
Internet Sources
Social Safety Nets
Why Safety Net Programs?
An Outline of American Safety Net Programs
Social Insurance
Means-Tested Programs
Differences in the American System of Social Safety Nets
Social Safety Nets in the Democratic Republic
Key Terms
Suggestions for Further Reading
Internet Sources
Foreign Policy and National Defense
Foreign Policy and Democracy: A Contradiction in Terms?
The World's Superpower (Still)
Problems of the Post-Cold War World
The Middle East
Foreign and Defense Policies and the Democratic Republic
Key Terms
Suggestions for Further Reading
Internet Sources
Appendix
The Declaration of Independence
The Constitution of the United States
The Federalist Papers, Nos. 10, 51, and 78
Presidents and Congresses, 1789-2013
Chief Justices of the Supreme Court, 1789-2010
Glossary
Endnotes
Credits
Index
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