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American Government Institutions and Policies

ISBN-10: 061822145X

ISBN-13: 9780618221455

Edition: 6th 2003 (Brief Edition)

Authors: James Q. Wilson

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This brief edition maintains the framework of the complete text, emphasizing the historical development of the American political system, who governs and to what end. Revisions include "Interpreting Political News" in Chapter 4, which addresses the shift in the media's focus after 9/11; new discussion on partisanship in Congress and polarity among the parties in Chapter 7; a refreshed look at the Electoral College in light of the 2000 election; an in-depth examination of terrorism, government response to it, and its affects on civil liberties in Chapter 11; and a look at the government's ability to act in a bipartisan manner in times of crisis. A section at the beginning of Chapter 4, "Why Do We Distrust the Federal Government?" includes discussion of how the 9/11 attacks have revived American confidence in government. Also in Chapter 4, "The Impact of the Media," raises the question of how talk radio, the Rush Limbaugh show in particular, has mobilized American Republican voters over the past several years. The Sixth Edition includes Internet references at the end of each chapter, complete coverage of the 2000 presidential election, and September 11.
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Book details

List price: $74.36
Edition: 6th
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: CENGAGE Learning
Publication date: 12/19/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 463
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.386
Language: English

James Q. Wilson most recently taught at Boston College and Pepperdine University. He was Professor Emeritus of Management and Public Administration at UCLA and was previously Shattuck Professor of Government at Harvard University. He wrote more than a dozen books on the subjects of public policy, bureaucracy, and political philosophy. He was president of the American Political Science Association (APSA), and he is the only political scientist to win three of the four lifetime achievement awards presented by the APSA. He received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian award, in 2003. Professor Wilson passed away in March of 2012 after battling cancer. His work helped shape the field of political science in the United States. His many years of service to his American Government book remain evident on every page and will continue for many editions to come.

What Should We Know About American Government? The Meanings of Democracy Representative Democracy
The Constitution The Problem of Liberty Human Nature The Real Revolution The Articles of Confederation The Constitutional Convention The Constitution and Democracy The Constitution and Liberty The Constitution and Slavery Political Ideals or Economic Interests? Liberty and Equality A Recipe for Moderation World Wide Web: The Constitution
Federalism Governmental Structure Federalism: Good or Bad? The Founding The Evolving Meaning of Federalism The Division of Powers: Federal and State Fiscal Federalism Federal Aid and Federal Control Federalism and Public Policy Evaluating Federalism World Wide Web: Federalism
Public Opinion and the Media What Is Public Opinion? Why Do We Distrust the Federal Government? The Origins of Political Attitudes Political Ideology Political Elites and the New Class The Impact of the Media The Structure of the Media Rules Governing the Media Government and the News Interpreting Political News Are News Stories Slanted? World Wide Web: Public Opinion and the Media
Political Parties and Interest Groups Parties--Here and Abroad The National Party Structure Today State and Local Parties The Two-Party System Nominating a President Do the Parties Differ? Interest Groups and Political Parties Kinds of Organizations Funds for Interest Groups The Problem of Bias The Activities of Interest Groups Regulating Interest Groups World Wide Web: Political Parties and Interest Groups
Campaigns and Elections Political Participation Historical Voting Patterns Explaining--and Improving--Turnout Political Campaigns The Effects of Campaigns How to Win the Election Election Outcomes Modern Technology and Political Campaigns Elections and Money The Effects of Elections on Policy World Wide Web: Campaigns and Elections
Congress The Evolution of Congress Who Is in Congress? Getting Elected to Congress The Organization of Congress: Parties and Interests The Organization of Congress: Committees The Organization of Congress: Staffs and Specialized Offices How a Bill Becomes Law How Members of Congress Vote A Polarized Congress in an Unpolarized Nation What It All Means Ethics and Congress The Power of Congress World Wide Web: Congress
The Presidency The Powers of the President The Evolution of the Presidency The Modern Presidency Who Gets Appointed Presidential Character The Power to Say No The President's Program Presidential Transitions The President and Public Policy World Wide Web: The Presidency
The Bureaucracy Distinctiveness of the American Bureaucracy The Growth of the Bureaucracy The Federal Bureaucracy Today Congressional Oversight Bureaucratic "Pathologies" Reinventing Government World Wide Web: The Bureaucracy
The Judiciary The Development of the Federal Courts The Structure of the Federal Courts The Jurisdiction of the Federal Courts Getting to Court The Supreme Court in Action The Power of the Courts Checks on Judicial Power World Wide Web: The Judiciary
Civil Liberties and Civil Rights Freedom of Expression Church and State Crime and Due Process Terrorism and Civil Liberties Equal Protection of the Laws World Wide Web: Policy Making
Politics and Public Policy How the American System Affects Policy Making How Things Get Done Four Kinds of Political Coalitions Some Cautionary Remarks World Wide Web: Policy Making
American Government: Continuity and Change Restraints on Growth Relaxing the Restraints Can or Should We Go Back to the Old Politics? Should the Constitutional System Be Changed?
Appendix
References
Glossary
Credits
Index