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Government by the People National, State and Local

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ISBN-10: 0132871785

ISBN-13: 9780132871785

Edition: 17th 1998

Authors: James MacGregor Burns, Jack Peltason, Thomas Cronin

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List price: $73.00
Edition: 17th
Copyright year: 1998
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 775
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 Democracy
The Living Constitution
American Federalism
First Amendment Rights
Equal Rights under the Law
Rights to Life, Liberty, and Property
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
Congress: The People's Branch
The Presidency: The Leadership Branch
The Judiciary: The Balancing Branch
The Bureaucracy: The Real Power?
Making Economic Policy
Making Regulatory Policy
Making Social Policy
Making Foreign and Defense Policy
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: The Democratic Faith
The Declaration of Independence
The Federalist, No. 10
The Federalist, No. 51
The Federalist, No. 78
Presidential Election Results