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Government by the People National, State, and Local Version

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ISBN-10: 0131921568

ISBN-13: 9780131921566

Edition: 21st 2006 (Revised)

Authors: James MacGregor Burns, Thomas E. Cronin, David B. Magleby, Paul C. Light, J. W. Peltason

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List price: $125.80
Edition: 21st
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 816
Size: 8.75" wide x 11.25" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 4.180
Language: English

Born in Melrose, Massachusetts, in 1918, James Burns was educated at Williams College and Harvard University (Ph.D., 1947). In 1941 he began teaching at Williams, where he remains as Distinguished Professor Emeritus. Although a political scientist by training, Burns approaches his work with the eye of a historian. His forte is American political history, as masterfully demonstrated in his popular biographies of Franklin Roosevelt The Lion and the Fox (1956), and Roosevelt: The Soldier of Fortune (1970). He completed john Kennedy: A Political Profile in 1959. He also wrote a multivolume history titled The American Experiment: The Vineyard of Liberty (1982). Burns's two volumes on the life and work of FDR won him the Pulitzer Prize, the Parkman Prize, and the National Book Award. The first volume of The American Experiment earned him a second Pulitzer. Not content with merely writing about politics and political history, Burns has long been active on the national political scene. In 1958 he ran unsuccessfully for Congress.

Constitutional Principles
Constitutional Democracy
The Living Constitution
The Constitution of the United States
American Federalism
The Political Process
Political Culture and Ideology
The American Political Landscape
Interest Groups: The Politics of Influence
Political Parties: Essential to Democracy
Public Opinion, Participation, and Voting
Campaigns and Elections: Democracy in Action
The Media and American Politics
Policy-Making Institutions
Congress: The Peoplersquo;s Branch
The Presidency: The Leadership Branch
The Bureaucracy: The Real Power
The Judiciary: The Balancing Branch
Rights and Liberties
First Amendment Freedoms
Rights to Life, Liberty, and Property
Equal Rights Under the Law
The Politics of National Policy
Making Economic and Regulatory Policy
Making Social Policy
Making Foreign and Defense Policy
State and Local Government
State and Local Politics: Who Governs
State Constitutions: Charters or Straitjackets
Parties and Elections in the States
State Legislatures
State Governors
Judges and Justice in the States
Local Governments and Metropolitics
Making State and Local Policy
Staffing and Financing State and Local Governments
Epilogue
Appendix