Challenge of Democracy Government in America

ISBN-10: 061837244X
ISBN-13: 9780618372447
Edition: 8th 2005
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List price: $222.95
Edition: 8th
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Wadsworth
Publication date: 12/17/2004
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 800
Size: 7.75" wide x 9.75" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 3.542
Language: English

This complete introduction to American government offers a comprehensive program that integrates the core text with supporting materials to benefit both students and instructors. The Eighth Edition maintains the highly acclaimed, non-ideological framework, exploring three themes: freedom, order, and equality as political values; the majoritarianism v. pluralism debate; and the effect of globalization on U.S. politics. Discussions and examples include thorough coverage of the 2004 Presidential and Congressional elections, as well as chapter-by-chapter revisions. These include a greater emphasis on the role of the civil rights movement; the increasing political power of Hispanic Americans; the effort to mobilize women voters; deeper exploration of presidential powers, leadership, and executive orders; and a reorganization of topics. Brief callouts in the text inform students of Talking Politics audio clips on the accompanying web site and the instructor and student CD-ROMs. Follow-up questions encourage students to think about what they hear and can be answered online and submitted to instructors via email. The Looking to the Future feature invites students to consider trends in American government and then consider the implications of their answers. Politics in a Changing World focuses on the effect of globalization on American government by comparing how U.S. politics affect the world and vice versa. Can You Explain Why? features ask students to use critical-thinking skills to try and explain a political paradox, such as why Americans engage in more forms of political participation than people of other nationalities, yet don't vote as much. Compared with What? boxes in every chapter ask students to evaluate facets of the U.S. political system as compared to those of other countries.

Kenneth Janda works in American government, political parties, elementary statistics, and computer methods. His books include Political Parties: A Cross-National Survey, Parties and Their Environments: Limits to Reform?, and the American government textbook, The Challenge of Democracy. He cofounded and coedits the international journal, Party Politics. In 2000, he won a "Lifetime Achievement" award from the American Political Science Association for his research on political parties. In 2005, he was a co-winner of the APSA Award for Best Instructional Software, and in 2009 he received the APSA's Frank J. Goodnow Award for service to the profession.

Note: Each chapter concludes with a Summary
Dilemmas of Democracy
Freedom, Order, or Equality?
The Globalization of American Government
The Purposes of Government
A Conceptual Framework for Analyzing Government
The Concepts of Freedom, Order, and Equality
Two Dilemmas of Government
Ideology and the Scope of Government
American Political Ideologies and the Purpose of Government
Majoritarian or Pluralist Democracy?
The Theory of Democratic Government
Institutional Models of Democracy
Democracy and Globalization
Foundations of American Government
The Constitution
The Revolutionary Roots of the Constitution
From Revolution to Confederation
From Confederation to Constitution
The Final Product Selling the Constitution
Constitutional Change
An Evaluation of the Constitution
Federalism Theories and Metaphors
Federalism's Dynamics
Ideology, Policymaking, and American Federalism
Federalism and Electoral Politics
Federalism and the American Intergovernmental System
Federalism and the International System
Federalism and Pluralism
Linking People with Government
Public Opinion and Political Socialization
Public Opinion and the Models of Democracy
The Distribution of Public Opinion
Political Socialization Social Groups and Political Values
From Values to Ideology
The Process of Forming Political Opinions
The Media People, Government, and Communications
The Development of the Mass Media in the United States
Private Ownership of the Media Government
Regulation of the Media Functions of the Mass Media for the Political System
Evaluating the Media in Government
Participation and Voting
Democracy and Political Participation
Unconventional Participation
Conventional Participation
Participating Through Voting
Explaining Political Participation
Participation and Freedom, Equality, and Order Participation and the Models of Democracy
Political Parties
Political Parties and Their Functions
A History of U.S. Party Politics
The American Two-Party
System Party
Ideology and Organization
The Model of Responsible Party Government
Nominations, Elections, and Campaigns
The Evolution of Campaigning Nominations
Elections Campaigns
Explaining Voting Choice Campaigns, Elections, and Parties
Interest Groups
Interest Groups and the American Political Tradition
How Interest Groups
Form Interest Group Resources
Lobbying Tactics Is the System Biased?
Institutions of Government
Congress
The Origin and Powers of Congress
Electing Congress
How Issues Get on the Congressional Agenda
The Dance of Legislation: An Overview Committees: The Workhorses of Congress Leaders and Followers in Congress
The Legislative Environment
The Dilemma of Representation Pluralism, Majoritarianism, and Democracy
The Presidency
The Constitutional Basis of Presidential Power
The Expansion of Presidential Power
The Executive Branch Establishment
Presidential Leadership
The President as National Leader
The President as World Leader
The Bureaucracy Organization Matters
The Development of the Bureaucratic State Bureaus and Bureaucrats
Administrative Policymaking: The Formal Processes Administrative Policymaking: Informal Politics Problems in Implementing
Policy Reforming the Bureaucracy: More Control or Less?
The Courts National Judicial Supremacy
The Organization of Courts
The Supreme Court Judicial Recruitment
The Consequences of Judicial Decisions
The Courts and Models of Democracy
Civil Liberties and Civil Rights
Order and Civil Liberties
The Bill of Rights
Freedom of Religion
Freedom of Expression
The Right to Bear
Arms Applying the Bill of Rights to the States
The Ninth Amendment and Personal Autonomy
Equality and Civil Rights
Two Conceptions of Equality
The Civil War Amendments
The Dismantling of School Segregation
The Civil Rights Movement Civil Rights for Other Minorities
Gender and Equal Rights: The Women's Movement
Affirmative Action: Equal Opportunity or Equal Outcome?
Making Public Policy
Policymaking Government Purposes and Public Policies
The Policymaking Process
Fragmentation and Coordination
The Nonprofit Sector
Economic Policy
Theories of Economic Policy
Public Policy and the Budget
Tax Policies
Spending Policies
Taxing, Spending, and Economic Equality
Domestic Policy
The Development of the American Welfare State
Social Security
Public Assistance Health Care
Elementary and Secondary Education
Benefits and Fairness
Global Policy
Making Foreign Policy: The Constitutional Context
Making Foreign Policy: Organization and Cast A Review of U.S. Foreign Policy
Global Policy
Issue Areas
The Public and Global Policy
Appendix
The Declaration of Independence
Articles of Confederation
The Constitution of the United States of America
Federalist No. 10 (1787)
Federalist No. 51 (1788)
Presidents of the United States
Justices of the Supreme Court
Since 1900 Party Control of the Presidency, Senate, and House of Representatives 19012005

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