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American Government

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ISBN-10: 0534647685

ISBN-13: 9780534647681

Edition: 10th 2006 (Revised)

Authors: Susan Welch, John Comer, John Gruhl, Susan M. Rigdon

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AMERICAN GOVERNMENT is highly respected and trusted for its attention to research and issues of diversity as well as its award-winning team of authors. While covering the basic foundations and features of American Government, this text also moves beyond the nuts and bolts, to explain why and how important features of government have evolved, their impact on government and individuals, and why these features are controversial (if they are) and worth learning. More than just narrating facts and current issues, AMERICAN GOVERNMENT attempts to leave the students with an understanding of the "why", so their knowledge can be applied long after the course is completed. AMERICAN GOVERNMENT is a…    
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Book details

List price: $174.95
Edition: 10th
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Wadsworth
Publication date: 3/8/2005
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 716
Size: 8.50" wide x 11.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 3.740
Language: English

Preface
About the Authors
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?
Elections
The American Electorate
Voter Turnout
Other Campaign Participation
Presidential Nominating Campaigns
The General Election Campaign
Voting
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?
Institutions
Congress
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
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
Courts
Judges
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
Glossary
Spanish Equivalents for Important Political Terms
Name Index
Subject Index