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American Government The Essentials

ISBN-10: 0618562451
ISBN-13: 9780618562459
Edition: 10th 2006
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Description: The Essentials version maintains the structure of the main text but replaces the policy chapters with one brief chapter on the policymaking process. See entry for Wilson/DiIulio, American Government, 10/e, for more information.

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Book details

List price: $185.95
Edition: 10th
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Wadsworth
Publication date: 9/13/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 576
Size: 7.75" wide x 9.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.936
Language: English

The Essentials version maintains the structure of the main text but replaces the policy chapters with one brief chapter on the policymaking process. See entry for Wilson/DiIulio, American Government, 10/e, for more information.

Preliminary Contents
The American System
The Study of American Government What Is Political Power?
What Is Democracy?
Is Representative Democracy Best?
How Is Political Power Distributed?
Is Democracy Driven by Self-Interest?
What Explains Political Change?
The Nature of Politics
The Constitution The Problem of Liberty The Constitutional Convention
The Challenge The Constitution and Democracy The Constitution and Liberty
The Motives of the Framers Constitutional Reform: Modern Views
Federalism Governmental Structure The Founding The Debate on the Meaning of Federalism Federal-State Relations Federal Aid and Federal Control A Devolution Revolution?
Congress and Federalism
American Political Culture Political Culture Comparing America with Other Nations
The Sources of Political Culture Mistrust of Government Political Efficacy Political Tolerance
Civil Liberties Culture and Civil Liberties Interpreting and Applying the First Amendment What Is Speech?
Who Is a Person? Church and State Crime and Due Process
Civil Rights The Black Predicament The Campaign in the Courts Brown v. Board of Education
The Campaign in Congress Women and Equal Rights Affirmative Action Gays and the Constitution
Opinions, Interests, and Organizations
Public Opinion What Is Public Opinion?
Political Socialization: The Family Cleavages in Public Opinion Political Ideology Political Elites, Public Opinion, and Public Policy
Political Participation A Closer Look at Nonvoting The Rise of the American Electorate Who Participates in Politics?
Political Parties Parties--Here and Abroad The Rise and Decline of the Political Party
The National Party Structure Today State and Local Parties The Two-Party System Minor Parties Nominating a President Parties Versus Voters
Elections and Campaigns Presidential Versus Congressional Campaigns Primary Versus General Campaigns Money What Decides the Election?
The Effects of Elections on Policy
Interest Groups Explaining Proliferation The Birth of Interest Groups Kinds of Organizations Interest Groups and Social Movements Funds for Interest Groups
The Problem of Bias The Activities of Interest Groups Regulating Interest Groups
The Media Journalism in American Political History The Structure of the Media Rules Governing the Media Are the National Media Biased?
Government and the News Coverage of Congress
Institutions of Government
Congress Congress Versus Parliament The Evolution of Congress Who Is in Congress?
Do Members Represent Their Voters? Ideology and Civility in Congress
The Organization of Congress: Parties and Caucuses The Organization of Congress: Committees The Organization of Congress: Staffs and Specialized Offices How a Bill Becomes Law Reducing Power and Perks
The Post-9/11 Congress
The Presidency Presidents and Prime Ministers Divided Government
The Evolution of the Presidency The Powers of the President
The Office of the President Who Gets Appointed Presidential Character
The Power to Persuade The Power to Say No The President's Program Presidential Transition How Powerful Is the President?
The Bureaucracy Distinctiveness of the American Bureaucracy The Growth of the Bureaucracy The Federal Bureaucracy Today Congressional Oversight Bureaucratic "Pathologies" Reforming the Bureaucracy
The Judiciary The Development of the Federal Courts
The Structure of the Federal Courts The Jurisdiction of the Federal Courts Getting to Court
The Supreme Court in Action The Power of the Federal Courts Checks on Judicial

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