American Government

ISBN-10: 0618311947
ISBN-13: 9780618311941
Edition: 7th 2004
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Description: Distinguished by its myth vs. reality framework American Government encourages students to address their preconceptions about government and think critically about the US political system. The Seventh Edition focuses on changing perceptions of  More...

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List price: $149.95
Edition: 7th
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: CENGAGE Learning
Publication date: 3/17/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 592
Size: 7.25" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.936
Language: English

Distinguished by its myth vs. reality framework American Government encourages students to address their preconceptions about government and think critically about the US political system. The Seventh Edition focuses on changing perceptions of American government, while providing coverage on the media, public opinion, the Supreme Court, and domestic and international policy. Chapter 14, Domestic Policy and Policymaking, includes discussions of education and environmental policies, as well as economic and social welfare issues; and Chapter 15, Foreign and Defense Policy, reflects changes since the start of the "War on Terrorism." Focus Questions center students' attention on key issues. Politics in Action boxes encourage students to think about the everyday applications of politics and highlight the realities of the political process. Myth in Popular Culture boxes call attention to the way different outlets of popular culture reflect and shape myths about the function of government and politics. Closer to Home boxes focus on issues in local politics.

Contents 1. Myth and Reality in American Politics Myths and American Government Myths in Popular Culture: Mirrors and Shapers of Images The Nature of Government and Politics Fundamental Issues of Government and Politics Closer to Home: Who Governs? Overview of this Book 2. Constitutional Foundations The Setting for Constitutional Change The Framers The Roots of the Constitution What the Framers Did Politics in Action: "Consititutional Politics": The Elections of 1796 and 1800 Closer to Home: Changing State Constitutions The Principles of American Constitutionalism Conclusion: Living, Enduring, and Political 3. Federalism and Intergovernmental Relations The Evolution of American Federalism The Actors of American Federalism Politics in Action: Fred Salvucci's Big Dig Myths in Popular Culture: The Political "Image" of the South Conclusion: The Principles and Pragmatism of Federalism 4. The Heritage of Rights and Liberties Applying the Bill of Rights to the States The First Amendment Freedoms Myths in Popular Culture: Is It Real Or Is It Virtual? Due Process and Crime Privacy Equal Protection of the Laws Closer to Home: Civil Rights and Liberties in State Constitutions Conclusion: Absolutes and Qualifications 5. Public Opinion and Political Participation What Is Public Opinion? How We Develop Our Beliefs and Opinions How Polls Work The Paradox of Public Opinion Closer to Home: Who Comes Out On Top? Public Opinion and National, State, and Local Government Group Opinion: Diversity and Uniformity Avenues of Political Participation Politics in Action: Public Opinion and Public Policy Conclusion: Many Minorities, Much Activity 6. Political Parties What Parties Are and What They Do Who Belongs to Major Parties and Why? Politics in Action: Guns, Government, and Public Policy American-Style Politics: The Two-Party System Party Structure from the Bottom Up Closer to Home: Third Parties in Our Towns and States: Are They "Dead on Arrival"? Conclusion: Decline or Transformation of Political Parties? 7. Campaigns and Elections Nominations: The Selection Process The Race for Office Closer to Home: The Money Game: What About Campaign Financing Closer to Home? The Media and Campaigns: Are We Brainwashed? Campaigns and Political Parties Voting and Elections The Electoral College The 2002 Election Promises, Promises: The Link Between Campaigns and Public Policy Conclusion: Do Elections Matter? Politics in Action: Elections, Campaign Promises, and Public Policy 8. Interest Groups Movers and Shakers: Interest and Other Advocacy Groups Closer to Home: They're All Over the Place: Interest Groups Close at Hand What Makes an Interest Group Powerful? Interest Group Tactics: You Don't Lobby with Hundred-Dollar Bills and Wild Parties Myths in Popular Culture: Selling Out to the Special Interests Interest Groups and Democracy Conclusion: Corrupt or Constructive? 9. Media and Politics The Rise of the Media Closer to Home: If It Bleeds, It Leads Making News The Effects of the Mass Media The Uneasy Alliance Between Government and the Media Myths in Popular Culture: Nightline with David Letterman Conclusion: The Great Manipulator 10. Congress A Portrait of Congress Politics in Action: Highways, Bridges, and the Pork Barrel Closer to Home: Legislating in the States The Work of Congress The Organization of Congress How a Bill Becomes Law Congressional Voting Conclusion: Is Congress the Broken Branch? 11. The Presidency The Growth of the Presidency Presidential Roles Politics in Action: The President and Health Policy Closer to Home: The View from the Governors' Mansions The Institutional Presidency The White House Office: Two Management Styles Presidential Influence Conclusion: The All-Powerful President? 12. Bureaucracy A Profile of the Federal Bureaucracy Politics in Action: The Birth of a Department Growth of the American Bureaucracy Bureaucratic Power Bureaucratic Problems and Reforms Closer to Home: Government as Innovator! Conclusion: Expectations and Government Operations 13. Courts, Judges, and the Law The Origins and Types of American Law The Structure of the Court Systems The Federal and State Court Systems Myths in Popular Culture: O.J., Ally McBeal, and Criminal Justice Recruiting and Removing Judges Closer to Home: Selecting State Court Judges The Supreme Court at Work The Implementation of Court Decisions Conclusion: The Courts Are Not What They Seem 14. Domestic Policy and Policymaking Making Public Policy Education Policy Managing the Economy Economic Development Policies Closer to Home: An Economic War Between the States? Regulatory Policies Myths in Popular Culture: The West Wing: Dramatizing the Public Policymaking Process Social Welfare Policies Conclusion: The Complexity of American Public Policy 15. Foreign and Defense Policy Changing Parameters of Foreign and Defense Policies Vulnerability in Historic Perspective Myths in Popular Culture: Americans at WarIn the Movies Making Foreign and Defense Policy Diplomatic Tools Military and Defense Strategies Closer to Home: When Guns Were Like Butter... Conclusion: The Reshaping of Foreign and Defense Policy Appendixes The Declaration of Independence in Congress, July 4, 1776 The Constitution of the United States of America Amendments to the Constitution Federalist No. 10, 1787 Federalist No. 51, 1788 Presidents of the United States References Suggested Readings Index

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