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ISBN-10: 0314061193

ISBN-13: 9780314061195

Edition: 6th 1996

Authors: Susan Welch, John Gruhl, Michael Steinman

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Focusing on the responsiveness of government, Welch et al., helps students understand how and why important features of government have evolved and their impact. It fosters student analysis of the political process, is well-referenced, and includes award-winning coverage of women's issues and participation in the political process. This edition features an analysis of the 1994 Congressional elections. Populism boxes discuss current topics as they affect/disturb middle class Americans. Symbolic Solutions to Complex Problems focus on how politicians look for simplistic solutions to difficult and lingering problems.
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List price: $46.25
Edition: 6th
Copyright year: 1996
Publisher: West Publishing Company, College & School Division
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 700

John Gruhl, Professor of Political Science, received his AB from DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana, and his PhD from the University of California at Santa Barbara. Since joining the University of Nebraska faculty in 1976, he has taught and done research in the areas of judicial process, criminal justice, and civil rights and liberties. He holds campus- and university-wide distinguished teaching awards for excellence in undergraduate teaching and became a charter member of the university's Academy of Distinguished Teachers.

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The American System
American Democracy
The American People
Diversity and Politics
Political Culture
American Democracy: The Core Values
American Democracy in Practice
Conclusion: Is Government Responsive?
The Constitution
The Articles of Confederation
The Constitution
Conclusion: Does the Constitution Allow Government to Be Responsive?
Federalism and the Growth of Government
Federal and Other Systems
The Political Bases of Federalism
The Constitutional Bases of Federalism
Federalism and the Growth of Government
The Practice of Federalism
Conclusion: Is Federalism Responsive?
Links between People and Government
Public Opinion
Nature of Public Opinion
Formation of Public Opinion
Measuring Public Opinion
How Informed Is Public Opinion?
Public Opinion
Conclusion: Is Government Responsive to Public Opinion?
News Media
The Media State
Relationship between the Media and Politicians
Bias of the Media
Impact of the Media on Politics
Conclusion: Are the Media Responsive?
Interest Groups
Group Formation
Types of Interest Groups
Tactics of Interest Groups
Success of Interest Groups
Conclusion: Do Interest Groups Help Make Government Responsive?
Political Parties
What Are Political Parties?
Development and Change in the Party System
Characteristics of the Party System
Party in the Electorate
Party in Government
Party Organization
The Nominating Process
Conclusion: Do Political Parties Make Government More Responsive?
The American Electorate
Voter Turnout
Other Campaign Participation
Presidential Nominating Campaigns
The General Election Campaign
Conclusion: Do Elections Make Government Responsive?
Money and Politics
The Development of Laws to Regulate Money and Politics
The Role of Money in Election Campaigns
The Impact of Campaign Money
Conflicts of Interest
Conclusion: Does the Influence of Money Make Government Less Responsive?
Members and Constituencies
Congressional Campaigns and Elections
The Representative on the Job
How Congress Is Organized
What Congress Does
Conclusion: Is Congress Responsive?
The Presidency
The Growth of the Presidency
Terms of Office
Duties and Powers of Office
Presidential Staff and Advisors
The President and the People
The President and Congress
Limits on Presidential Power
What Makes an Effective President?
Conclusion: Is the Presidency Responsive?
The Bureaucracy
Federal Bureaucracy
Bureaucratic Functions
Expectations about the Federal Bureaucracy
Controlling the Bureaucracy
Conclusion: Is the Bureaucracy Responsive?
The Judiciary
Development of the Courts' Role in Government
Access to the Courts
Deciding Cases
The Power of the Courts
Conclusion: Are the Courts Responsive?
Civil Liberties and Rights
Civil Liberties
The Constitution and the Bill of Rights
Freedom of Expression
Rights of Criminal Defendants
Right to Privacy
Conclusion: Are the Courts Responsive in Interpreting Civil Liberties?
Civil Rights
Race Discrimination
Sex Discrimination
Affirmative Action
Conclusion: Is Government Responsive in Granting Civil Rights?
Public Policies
Economic Policy
Types of Economic Systems
Regulating the Economy
The Budget in the Economy
Postwar Boom and Bust
The American Economy in the Twenty-First Century
Conclusion: Is Our Economic Policy Responsive?
Social Welfare and Health Policy
What Are Social Welfare Policies?
Evolution of Social Welfare Policies
Social Welfare for Everyone
Social Welfare for the Poor
Social Welfare for the Well-Off
Federal Health Care Programs
Conclusion: Are Social Welfare Programs Responsive?
Regulation and Environmental Policy
Development of Regulation
The Regulatory Process
Cycles of Regulation
Regulatory Politics and Environmental Protection
Benefits and Costs of Regulation
Conclusion: Is Regulation Responsive?
Foreign Policy
Foreign Policy Goals
Making Foreign Policy in a Democracy
Changing Approaches to U.S. Foreign Policy
Military Instruments of Foreign Policy
Economic Instruments of Foreign Policy
Conclusion: Is Our Foreign Policy Responsive?
The Declaration of Independence
Constitution of the United States of America
Federalist Paper 10
Federalist Paper 51
Spanish Equivalents for Important Political Terms
Name Index
Subject Index