Democracy under Pressure 2006 An Introduction to the American Political System

ISBN-10: 0495502146

ISBN-13: 9780495502142

Edition: 10th 2007

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Description: A political science text for the 21st Century, DEMOCRACY UNDER PRESSURE has provided well over a million students with a comprehensive look at the fundamentals of American Government. Milton Cummings, a respected scholar and academic, and David Wise, a best selling author and political analyst, bring their talents to bear on a text that conveys a balanced, realistic guide to American politics while describing the institutions of American government. In this 2006 election year update edition, the theme of "democracy under pressure" is highlighted fully in the narrative and in the boxed features. The text includes a discussion of the systems approach--a framework of analysis that discusses the political process in terms of inputs and outputs--as well as a key question and related questions to consider in each chapter. DEMOCRACY UNDER PRESSURE focuses throughout on the gap that exists between rhetoric and reality in government today. Streamlined content in this edition makes the book even more accessible and appealing to students and instructors alike.

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List price: $257.95
Edition: 10th
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Wadsworth
Publication date: 12/7/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 640
Size: 8.50" wide x 11.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 2.750
Language: English

MILTON C. CUMMINGS, JR. (Ph.D. Harvard University) is an award-winning educator who received his undergraduate degree from Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania. After two years of graduate study in England, where he was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University, he earned a Ph.D. in political science at Harvard University. Professor Cummings worked for six years at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C., where he did research and writing on American government and politics. He then joined the political science faculty at The Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, where he is currently professor emeritus. At Johns Hopkins he has been honored with numerous awards. These include the George Owen Teaching Award, the Edward H. Griffin Award, and several other citations for outstanding teaching. He has also received fellowships and grants for research from the Social Science Research Council, the National Science Foundation, the Ford Foundation, and the Guggenheim Foundation.

David A. Wise is the John F. Stambaugh Professor of Political Economy at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He is the area director of Health and Retirement Programs and director of the Program on the Economics of Aging at the National Bureau of Economic Research.

Preface
The American Democracy
Government and the People
The Constitutional Framework
The Federal System
Civil Liberties and Citizenship
The Struggle for Equal Rights
Politics and People
Public Opinion
Interest Groups
The Media and Politics
Political Parties
Political Campaigns and Candidates
Voting Behavior and Elections
The Policymakers
The Congress
The President
The Bureaucracy
Justice
Appendices: The Declaration of Independence
The Constitution of the United States of America
Presidents of the United States
Selections from the Federalist Papers
Endnotes
Glossary
Credits
Index Presidential Election Results, 1940-2004
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