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America at Odds The Essentials

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ISBN-10: 0534560164

ISBN-13: 9780534560164

Edition: 1999

Authors: Beth Henschen, Edward Sidlow

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Known for its provocative and engaging issues approach and topical organization, AMERICA AT ODDS explores the current conflicts that truly define America as a nation while involving students in discussion and debate. The engaging content and pedagogical features throughout AMERICA AT ODDS support two main goals of the text: to make students genuinely passionate about learning the ins and outs of American politics and government, and to encourage them to think about the ways their lives are affected by decisions made in the political arena. In every chapter of the text, the foundations and systems of political history, behavior, institutions, and policy are presented within the framework of issues oriented debate, making AMERICA AT ODDS truly unique as an approach to teaching the Introduction to American Government course.
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List price: $55.95
Copyright year: 1999
Publisher: Brooks/Cole
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 500
Size: 8.50" wide x 10.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 2.596
Language: English

Beth Henschen currently teaches at Eastern Michigan University and is a public policy consultant. After receiving her PhD from Ohio State University, she served as a faculty member at Purdue University and at Loyola University Chicago, where she was frequently recognized for teaching excellence and was named Professor of the Year by the Honors Student Association. Her primary research focus has been judicial politics, and her articles have appeared in AMERICAN POLITICAL SCIENCE REVIEW, POLITICAL RESEARCH QUARTERLY, AMERICAN POLITICS QUARTERLY, JOURNAL OF LAW & POLITICS, POLICY STUDIES REVIEW, and LEGISLATIVE STUDIES QUARTERLY, as well as COLLEGE TEACHING, and THE JOURNAL OF GENERAL EDUCATION. She also has contributed chapters and articles to a number of edited volumes and has presented papers and delivered presentations at numerous professional conferences.

The Foundations of Our American System
America in the Twenty-First Centuryp. 1
America at Odds: Do Students Care about Politics and Government?p. 2
Introductionp. 3
What Are Politics and Government?p. 3
Different Systems of Governmentp. 6
American Democracyp. 9
Americans at Odds ... in the Early Years of the Twenty-First Centuryp. 12
Is Our Democracy Facing a Crisis?p. 12
Is Teledemocracy the Solution?p. 14
The Constitutionp. 19
America at Odds Would a Direct Democracy Be Better?p. 20
Introductionp. 21
The Beginnings of American Governmentp. 21
The Rebellion of the Colonistsp. 25
Breaking the Ties: Independencep. 27
The Confederation of Statesp. 29
Drafting the Constitutionp. 33
The Debate over Ratificationp. 36
The Constitution's Major Principles of Governmentp. 38
The Constitution--A Document for the Agesp. 44
Amending the Constitutionp. 44
Americans at Odds ... over the Constitutionp. 45
Differing Interpretations of the Bill of Rightsp. 46
The Constitution--A Stumbling Block to Democracy?p. 47
Federalismp. 51
America at Odds: Should the States Take Orders from the National Government?p. 52
Introductionp. 53
Federalism and Its Alternativesp. 54
The Constitutional Division of Powersp. 58
The Struggle for Supremacyp. 60
Federalism Todayp. 65
The Fiscal Side of Federalismp. 67
Americans at Odds ... over Federalismp. 71
Should States' Rights Trump Federal Civil Rights?p. 72
How Can State Balloting Systems Be Standardized?p. 72
Our Liberties and Rights
Civil Libertiesp. 77
America at Odds: Should Hate Speech on the Web Be Banned?p. 78
Introductionp. 79
The Constitutional Basis for Our Civil Libertiesp. 79
Freedom of Religionp. 81
Freedom of Expressionp. 89
Freedom of the Pressp. 93
Freedom of Assemblyp. 94
The Right to Privacyp. 95
The Rights of the Accusedp. 98
Free Speech on Campus?p. 100
Americans at Odds ... over Civil Libertiesp. 100
The Erosion of Privacy Rights--Should Americans Be More Concerned?p. 101
Civil Rightsp. 105
America at Odds: Should Felons Be Permanently Disenfranchised?p. 106
Introductionp. 107
The Equal Protection Clausep. 107
Equal Treatment for Womenp. 109
African Americansp. 113
Hispanicsp. 117
Asian Americansp. 119
Native Americansp. 120
Securing Rights for Other Groupsp. 122
Beyond Equal Protection--Affirmative Actionp. 124
Amerians at Odds... over Civil Rightsp. 128
The Trend toward Resegregationp. 128
Should the Boy Scouts Be Allowed to Exclude Gays?p. 129
The Politics of Democracy
Political Culture and Ideologyp. 133
America at Odds: Should Bilingual Education Be Abolished?p. 134
Introductionp. 135
American Political Valuesp. 135
Political Values in a Multicultural Societyp. 139
The Spectrum of Political Attitudesp. 142
The Average American versus the Ideologuesp. 145
A Political Typologyp. 146
The Political Spectrum in Cyberspacep. 146
Americans at Odds ... over Political Culture and Ideologyp. 146
The Tension between Individual Liberty and Social Equalityp. 146
The Confederate Flag-Should It Be Flown?p. 148
Interest Groupsp. 153
America at Odds: Gun Control: Do We Need an Armed Citizenry?p. 154
Introductionp. 155
Interest Groups and American Governmentp. 155
Different Types of Interest Groupsp. 158
How Interest Groups Shape Policyp. 163
Today's Lobbying Establishmentp. 168
The Regulation of Interest Groupsp. 170
Americans at Odds ... over Interest Groupsp. 171
Issue Advocacyp. 171
The "Mischiefs of Factions"p. 171
Political Partiesp. 177
America at Odds: Should We Have a Multiparty System?p. 178
Introductionp. 179
America's Two-Party Systemp. 179
Party Affiliationp. 182
What Do Political Parties Do?p. 183
A Short History of American Political Partiesp. 185
Third Parties and American Politicsp. 188
How American Political Parties Are Structuredp. 190
Americans at Odds ... over Political Partiesp. 194
Are the Major Parties Declining in Strength?p. 195
Should Third Party Candidates Be Let in on the Great Debates?p. 196
Public Opinion and Votingp. 199
America at Odds: Is Low Voter Turnout Really a Problem?p. 200
Introductionp. 201
What Is Public Opinion?p. 201
How Do People Form Political Opinions?p. 201
Measuring Public Opinionp. 207
Factors Affecting Voter Turnoutp. 210
Why People Vote as They Dop. 215
Americans at Odds ... over Public Opinion and Votingp. 219
The Internet and Political Socializationp. 219
Should the Entertainment Industry Be Regulated?p. 220
Campaigns and Electionsp. 223
America at Odds: Should the Electoral College Be Abolished?p. 224
Introductionp. 225
How We Nominate Candidatesp. 225
The Modern Political Campaignp. 232
How We Elect Candidatesp. 239
Americans at Odds ... over Campaigns and Electionsp. 242
Campaign-Finance Reform-When?p. 242
When Will the "Year of the Internet" Occur?p. 242
Politics and the Mediap. 247
America at Odds: Do Should the Media Keep Silent until the Polls Are Closed?p. 248
Introductionp. 249
The Candidates and Televisionp. 249
Talk Radio-The Wild West of the Mediap. 255
The Question of Media Biasp. 257
The Expanding Media Universep. 258
Political News on the Webp. 260
Cyberspace and Political Campaignsp. 262
The Internet-A Boon to Interest Groupsp. 263
Americans at Odds ... over Politics and the Mediap. 264
Will the Internet Change Political Campaigning as We Know It?p. 264
Cyber Politics-What Lies Ahead?p. 264
Institutions
Congressp. 269
America at Odds: Is Divided Government
Introductionp. 271
The Origin, Structure, and Make-Up of Congressp. 271
The Differences between the House and the Senatep. 283
The Legislative Processp. 284
The Budgeting Processp. 287
Americans at Odds ... over Congressp. 289
Racial Gerrymanderingp. 289
Term Limits: A Cure for Congressional Careerism?p. 290
The Presidencyp. 295
America at Odds: Is the Presidency Worth the Cost?p. 296
Introductionp. 297
Who Can Become President?p. 297
Presidential Powersp. 299
The President's Many Rolesp. 302
The Organization of the Executive Branchp. 311
Great versus Not-So-Great Presidentsp. 315
Americans at Odds ... over the Presidencyp. 316
Can Personal Ethics Be Separated from Politics?p. 317
The Starr Investigation-Did It Go Too Far?p. 317
The Bureaucracyp. 321
America at Odds: Should the Food and Drug Administration Regulate Tobacco?p. 322
Introductionp. 323
The Nature and Size of the Bureaucracyp. 324
How the Federal Bureaucracy Is Organizedp. 326
How Bureaucrats Get Their Jobsp. 333
Regulatory Agencies: Are They the Fourth Branch of Government?p. 334
Policymaking and the Iron Trianglep. 336
Curbing Waste and Improving Efficiencyp. 338
Americans at Odds ... over the Bureaucracyp. 340
Would Term Limits Reduce Government Spending?p. 340
Is "Environmental Justice" Fair to Minority Communities?p. 341
The Judiciaryp. 345
America at Odds: Supreme Court Appointees: Does Partisanship Matter?p. 346
Introductionp. 347
The Origins and Sources of American Lawp. 347
The Federal Court Systemp. 352
Federal Judicial Appointmentsp. 356
The Courts as Policymakersp. 359
Ideology and the Courtsp. 360
Americans at Odds ... over the Judiciaryp. 362
The Constitution and the Federal Judiciaryp. 363
The Case for the Courtsp. 365
The Constitution of the United Statesp. 437
The Declaration of Independencep. 447
Twentieth-Century Supreme Court Justicesp. 449
Twentieth-Century Party Control of Congressp. 453
Information on U.S. Presidentsp. 454
Federalist Papers No. 10 and No. 51p. 457
Spanish Equivalents for Important Political Termsp. 463
Glossaryp. 469
Indexp. 483
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