American Democracy

ISBN-10: 0073219363

ISBN-13: 9780073219363

Edition: 8th 2008

Authors: Thomas E. Patterson, Gary M. Halter

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This comprehensive text is known for its engaging narrative and its positive presentation of the latest developments in scholarship and real-life politics. Through the use of narrative, "The American Democracy" weaves together theory, information, and examples in ways that highlight key points, make them easy to understand, and capture readers' interest. The Texas edition includes eight additional chapters that examine the government and politics of the Lone Star State including the Texas State Constitution, interest groups, political parties and elections, the legislature, the governor and state agencies, the court system, and local government in Texas.
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List price: $132.81
Edition: 8th
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Higher Education
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 775
Size: 8.75" wide x 11.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 4.334
Language: English

Thomas E. Patterson is the Bradlee Professor of Government and the Press at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. For many years he taught at Syracuse University. He is the author of several other books on politics and the media, includingOut of Order,which won the American Political Science Association’s 2002 Doris Graber Award for the best book in the field of political communication, andThe Unseeing Eye,which was named one of the fifty most influential books of the past half century in the field of public opinion by the American Association for Public Opinion Research. He lives in Brookline, Massachusetts.

Gary Halter is a Professor of Political Science at Texas A&M University in College Station. He is a native of Amarillo and Wichita Falls, Texas and his PhD is from the University of Maryland. He served as the Mayor of College Station, Texas for six years and as a council member for five years. He has worked as a consultant to many city councils in Texas and in other states on goal setting and policy making. With Harvey Tucker, is a co-author of theTexas Legislative Almanac.

American Political Culture
Seeking a More Perfect Union Political Culture
The Core Principles of American Government America’s Core Values
Liberty, Equality, and Self-Government Politics
The Resolution of Conflict Political Power
The Control of Policy
The Concept of a Political System and This Book’s Organization
Constitutional Democracy
Promoting Liberty and Self-Government Before the Constitution
The Colonial and Revolutionary Experiences Negotiating Toward a Constitution Protecting Liberty
Limited Government Providing for Self-Government Constitutional Democracy Today
Forging a Nation Federalism
National and State Sovereignty Federalism in Historical Perspective Federalism Today
The Public’s Influence
Setting the Boundaries of Federal-State Power
Civil Liberties
Protecting Individual Rights Freedom of Expression Freedom of Religion
The Right of Privacy Rights of Persons Accused of Crimes Rights and the War on Terrorism
The Courts and a Free Society
Equal Rights
Struggling Toward Fairness
The Struggle for Equality Equality Under the Law Equality of Result Persistent Discrimination
Superficial Differences, Deep Divisions
Mass Politics
Public Opinion and Political Socialization
Shaping the People’s Voice
The Nature of Public Opinion Political Socialization
How Americans Learn
Their Politics Frames of Reference
How Americans Think Politically
The Influence of Public Opinion on Policy
Political Participation and Voting
Expressing the Popular Will Voter Participation Conventional Forms of Participation Other Than Voting Unconventional Activism
Social Movements and Protest Politics Participation and the Potential for Influence
Political Parties, Candidates, and Campaigns
Defining the Voter’s Choice Party Competition and Majority Rule
The History of U.S. Parties Electoral and Party Systems Party Organizations
The Candidate-Centered Campaign Parties, Candidates, and the Public’s Influence
Interest Groups
Organizing for Influence
The Interest-Group System Inside Lobbying
Seeking Influence Through Official Contracts Outside Lobbying
Seeking Influence Through Public Pressure
The Group System
Indispensable but Biased
The News Media
Communicating Political Images
The Development of the News Media
From Partisanship to Objective Journalism Freedom and Conformity in the U.S. News Media
The News Media as Link
Roles the Press Can and Cannot Perform Organizing the Public in the Media Age
Governing Institutions
Balancing National Goals and Local Interests Congress as a Career
Election to Congress Congressional Leadership
The Committee System How a Bill Becomes Law Congress’s Policymaking Role Congress
Too Much Pluralism?
The Presidency
Leading the Nation Foundations of the Modern Presidency Choosing the President Staffing the Presidency Factors in Presidential Leadership
The Federal Bureaucracy
Administering the Government Federal Administration
Form, Personnel, and Activities Development of the Federal Bureaucracy
Politics and Administration
The Bureaucracy’s Power Imperative Bureaucratic Accountability Reinventing Government
The Federal Judicial System
Applying the Law
The Federal Judicial System Federal Court Appointees
The Nature of Judicial Decision Making Political Influences on Judicial Decisions Judicial Power and Democratic Government
The Debate over the Proper Role of the Judiciary
Public Policy
Economic and Environmental Policy
Contributing to Prosperity Government as Regulator of the Economy
Government as Protector of the Environment
Government as Promoter of Economic Interests Fiscal Policy
Government as Manager of Economy, I Monetary Policy
Government as Manager of Economy, II
Welfare and Education Policy
Providing for Personal Security and Need Poverty in America
The Nature of the Problem
The Politics and Policies of Social Welfare Individual-Benefit Programs Education as Equality of Opportunity
The American Way Culture, Politics, and Social Welfare
Foreign and Defense Policy
Protecting the American Way
The Roots of U.S. Foreign and Defense Policy
The Process of Foreign and Military Policymaking
The Military Dimension of the National Security Policy
The Economic Dimension of National Security Policy A New World
Texas Government and Politics
Introduction to Texas Government
The State Constitution
Participation Politics and Interest Groups in Texas Politics
Political Parties and Elections in Texas
The Texas Legislature
The Office of Governor and State Agencies in Texas
The Court System in Texas
Local Governments in Texas
Notes Credits
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