The American Democracy, Alternate Edition, with PowerWeb / Edition 7

The American Democracy, Alternate Edition, with PowerWeb / Edition 7

by Thomas E. Patterson

ISBN-10: 0072989300

ISBN-13: 9780072989304

Pub. Date: 12/10/2004

Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The

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McGraw-Hill Companies, The
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Older Edition
Product dimensions:
7.90(w) x 9.98(h) x 0.81(d)

Table of Contents

Part One: Foundations
Chapter 1: American Political Culture: Seeking a More Perfect Union
Political Culture: The Core Principles of American Government
America's Core Values: Liberty, Equality, and Self-Government
Politics: The Resolution of Conflict
Political Power: The Control of Policy
The Concept of a Political System and This Book's Organization
Chapter 2: Constitutional Democracy: Promoting Liberty and Self-Government
Before the Constitution: The Colonial and Revolutionary Experiences
Negotiating Toward a Constitution
Protecting Liberty: Limited Government
Providing for Self-Government
Constitutional Democracy Today
Chapter 3: Federalism: Forging a Nation
Federalism: National and State Sovereignty
Federalism in Historical Perspective
Federalism Today
The Public's Influence: Setting the Boundaries of Federal-State Power
Chapter 4: Civil Liberties: Protecting Individual Rights
Freedom of Expression
Freedom of Religion
The Right of Privacy
Rights of Persons Accused of Crimes
Rights and the War on Terrorism
The Courts and a Free Society
Chapter 5: Equal Rights: Struggling Toward Fairness
The Struggle for Equality
Equality Under the Law
Equality of Result
Persistent Discrimination: Superficial Differences, Deep Divisions
Part Two: Mass Politics
Chapter 6: Public Opinion and Political Socialization: Shaping the People's Voice
The Nature of Public Opinion
Political Socialization: How Americans Learn Their Politics
Frames of Reference: How Americans Think Politically
The Influence of Public Opinion on Policy
Chapter 7: Political Participation and Voting: Expressing the Popular Will
Voter Participation
Conventional Forms of Participation Other Than Voting
Unconventional Activism: Social Movements and Protest Politics
Participation and the Potential for Influence
Chapter 8: Political Parties, Candidates, and Campaigns: Defining the Voter's Choice
Party Competition and Majority Rule: The History of U.S. Parties
Electoral and Party Systems
Party Organizations
The Candidate-Centered Campaign
Parties, Candidates, and the Public's Influence
Chapter 9: Interest Groups: Organizing for Influence
The Interest-Group System
Inside Lobbying: Seeking Influence Through Official Contracts
Outside Lobbying: Seeking Influence Through Public Pressure
The Group System: Indispensable but Biased
Chapter 10: The News Media: Communicating Political Images
The Development of the News Media: From Partisanship to Objective Journalism
Freedom and Conformity in the U.S. News Media
The News Media as Link: Roles the Press Can and Cannot Perform
Organizing the Public in the Media Age
Part Three: Governing Institutions
Chapter 11: Congress: Balancing National Goals and Local Interests
Congress as a Career: Election to Congress
Congressional Leadership
The Committee System
How a Bill Becomes Law
Congress's Policymaking Role
Congress: Too Much Pluralism?
Chapter 12: The Presidency: Leading the Nation
Foundations of the Modern Presidency
Choosing the President
Staffing the Presidency
Factors in Presidential Leadership
Chapter 13: The Federal Bureaucracy: Administering the Government
Federal Administration: Form, Personnel, and Activities
Development of the Federal Bureaucracy: Politics and Administration
The Bureaucracy's Power Imperative
Bureaucratic Accountability
Reinventing Government
Chapter 14: The Federal Judicial System: Applying the Law
The Federal Judicial System
Federal Court Appointees
The Nature of Judicial Decision Making
Political Influences on Judicial Decisions
Judicial Power and Democratic Government
The Debate over the Proper Role of the Judiciary
Part Four: Public Policy
Chapter 15: State and Local Politics: Maintaining Our Differences
The Structure of State Government
The Structure of Local Government
State and Local Finance
State and Local Policy
The Great Balancing Act: Localism in a Large Nation

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