This text addresses all of the major topics of an American government course, such as elections, Congress, public policy etc. However, unlike many introductory texts, it emphasizes a more topical and provocative approach that probes the very foundations of America's governmental and political institutions looking for answers to the question: "Why are Americans at odds with each other?" Each chapter includes a discussion of a significant political issue and presents both sides of that issue, showing how Americans are truly at odds with each other politically.
This new edition of a discussion of American government and politics incorporates coverage of the 2000 elections and the George W. Bush presidency. Sidlow and Henschen of Eastern Michigan U. present 18 chapters that cover America in the 21st century, the Constitution, federalism, civil liberties and rights, the politics of democracy, institutions (Congress, the presidency, the bureaucracy, and the judiciary), domestic and foreign policy, and state and local politics. The included CD-ROM contains activities, movies, web links, and more. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Part One: The Foundations of Our American System.
1. America Enters the Twenty-First Century.
2. The Constitution.
Part Two: Our Liberties and Rights.
4. Civil Liberties.
5. Civil Rights.
Part Three: The Politics of Democracy.
6. Political Culture and Ideology.
7. Interest Groups.
8. Political Parties.
9. Public Opinion and Voting.
10. Campaigns and Elections.
11. Political and the Media.
12. Politics in Cyberspace.
Part Four: Institutions.
14. The Presidency.
15. The Bureaucracy.
16. The Judiciary.
Part Five: Public Policy.
17. Domestic Policy.
18. The Politics of Regulation.
19. Foreign Policy.
Part Six: State and Local Government.
20. State and Local Politics.
Appendix A: The Constitution of the United States.
Appendix B: The Declaration of Independence.
Appendix C: Twentieth-Century Supreme Court Justices.
Appendix D: Twentieth-Century Party Control of Congress.
Appendix E: Information on U.S. Presidents.
Appendix F: Federalist Papers No. 10 and No. 51.
Appendix G: Spanish Equivalents for Important Political Terms.