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American Government Your Voice, Your Future

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ISBN-10: 0759392811

ISBN-13: 9780759392816

Edition: 2nd 2007

Authors: Matthew Kerbel

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This book was written with the instructor?s pedagogical needs and the students learning needs in mind. It presents a comprehensive treatment of the subject, emphasizes critical learning skills, and connects theory to practice, while talking to (rather than past) the student in a conversational manner using modular text and interactive features that address how students learn. It offers a comprehensive teaching and learning experience at an affordable price that will facilitate the teaching process while permitting instructors the flexibility to customize the book to how they teach the course. In five parts encompassing sixteen chapters, American Government: Your Voice, Your Future maps out a route designed to take you from understanding your place in the political system to how people connect with government, how the political system works and what it does, and finally?to come full circle?how responsive it is to your demands and desires.
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Book details

List price: $72.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: CENGAGE Learning Custom Publishing
Publication date: 2/5/2007
Binding: Paperback
Size: 9.00" wide x 10.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 3.036
Language: English

Matthew Kerbel, Villanova University Matthew R. Kerbel is professor of political science at Villanova University outside Philadelphia, where he teaches and writes about the way the mass media influence American politics, especially national political campaigns and presidential governance. He is the author of four books on the subject, including Remote and Controlled: Media Politics in a Cynical Age and If It Bleeds, It Leads: An Anatomy of Television News. His interest in political communication was sharpened by stints working in television news as a writer for the Public Broadcasting Service in New York City and in radio as an on-air news anchor in exceedingly small markets. He lives in Wayne, Pennsylvania, with his wife Adrienne and daughter Gabrielle.

Preface
Using Atomic Dog
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Recommended System
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Preface: Understanding and Using This Book
About the Author
Dedication
Why Should We Care about American Democracy?
Should We Care about Politics?
Introduction
Democracy and Everyday Life
Making Democracy Practical
Buying in to Authority
Inheriting Legitimacy
Earning Legitimacy
Power Surge
It's Not Fair!
Equal and Free?
Whose Choice?
SoShould I Care about Politics?
The Constitution and Federalism: Setting the Ground Rules for Politics
Introduction
Ground Rules for Revolution
Ground Rules for Independence
Ground Rules for Self-GovernanceFirst Attempt
Ground Rules for Self-GovernanceSecond Attempt
Ground Rules in Theory and Practice
"If Men Were Angels"
Selling the Constitution
Changing the Constitution
Federalism: Only in America
Who Would Create a System Like This?
Citizenship and Democracy
What Is Public Opinion, and What Does It Have to Do with Me?
Introduction
How Much Do We Know about Politics?
Political Attitudes: From the Heart
Political Beliefs: From the Head
Political Ideology: Beliefs That Make Sense
Measuring Public Opinion
Measuring Public Opinion in Politics
What Should We Make of Public Opinion?
Who Are We, and What Do We Do?
Introduction
Political Culture: Who Are We?
Political Socialization: How We Become Political Creatures
Political Participation: Getting Involved
Young and Old, Men and Women
Black and White, Rich and Poor
I Couldn't Care Less!
Why Vote?
How Can I Decide?
A Look Ahead: Apathy, Efficacy, and the Media
Connections between Citizens and Government
Mass Media: Influencing What We Think About
Gatekeeping
Political History of the MediaFrom Colonial Press to Global Media
How Do We Know If It's News?
Infotainment and Its Implications
More Choices, Fewer Options?
The Politics of Entertainment I: Elections
The Politics of Entertainment II: Governing
Beyond Agenda Setting
Media Bias?
Making Sense of Media Coverage
Political Parties: Connecting Us to the Electoral Process
Introduction
Why Two Parties?
Party Systems
The Party in Government
The Party in the Electorate
Campaigns and Elections: Vehicles for Democratic Expression
Introduction
Decisions
The Selection Process
Decisions
The Election Process
The Electoral College: Is This Any Way to Elect a President?
Leading or Following?
Interest Groups: Accessing Government through Common Membership
Introduction
Factions Again?
Types of Interest Groups
Would You Join an Interest Group?
Lobbyists and Lobbying
Who Are These Guys?
Competition . . . or Cooperation?
Triangles or Networks?
Does Access Equal Influence?
Institutions of Democracy
Congress
Introduction
Getting to CongressWho Wins and Why?
Adjusting to Congress
Serving in Congress: How Congress Works
Serving in Congress: What Congress Does
Leading Congress
Working in Congress: Washington
Working in Congress: Back Home
Staying in Congress
The Presidency
Introduction
Growth of the Presidency
Formal and Informal Sources of Presidential Power
The Media as a Presidential Resource
Chief Executive
Chief Legislator
Chief of State and Foreign Policy Leader
Commander-in-Chief
Chief of Party
The Institutional Presidency
Second In Command
The Ebb and Flow of Presidential Influence
The Federal Bureaucracy
Introduction
What's the Bureaucracy Really Like?
Who's in the Bureaucracy?
Departments, Agencies