The American Democracy, with Powerweb; MP / Edition 6

The American Democracy, with Powerweb; MP / Edition 6

by Thomas E. Patterson
     
 

Heavily revised in the sixth edition, this descriptive, comprehensive text by Tom Patterson is known for its engaging narrative, future oriented approach, and its ability to tie together the latest scholarship with real-life politics. By using a narrative, The American Democracy weaves together theory, information, and examples in order to bring out key facts and… See more details below

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Heavily revised in the sixth edition, this descriptive, comprehensive text by Tom Patterson is known for its engaging narrative, future oriented approach, and its ability to tie together the latest scholarship with real-life politics. By using a narrative, The American Democracy weaves together theory, information, and examples in order to bring out key facts and ideas in a way that captures student interest. In the sixth edition, the struggle between liberty and equality is explored in a more extensive and cogent way than in previous editions.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780072535402
Publisher:
McGraw-Hill Companies, The
Publication date:
06/28/2003
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
602
Product dimensions:
8.30(w) x 10.20(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet the Author

Thomas E. Patterson is Bradlee Professor of Government and the Press in the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He was previously distinguished professor of political science in the Maxwell School of Citizenship at Syracuse University. Raised in a small Minnesota town near the Iowa and South Dakota borders, he was educated at South Dakota State University and the University of Minnesota, where he received his Ph.D. in 1971.Currently running the "Vanishing Voter" study at the Kennedy School of Government, which has been widely used in the media and on college campuses, Tom is also the author of six books and dozens of articles, which focus primarily on the media and elections. His book, 'Out of Order'(1994), received national attention when President Clinton said every politician and journalist should be required to read it. An earlier book, 'The Mass Media Election'(1980), received a 'Choice' award as Outstanding Academic Book, 1980-81. Another of Patterson's books, 'The Unseeing Eye'(1976), was recently selected by the American Association for Public Opinion Research as one of the fifty most influential books of the past half century in the field of public opinion.His current research includes a study of White House communication and a study of the news media's role in Western democracies. His work has been funded by major grants from the National Science Foundation, the Markle Foundation, the Smith-Richardson Foundation, the Ford Foundation and the Pew Charitable Trusts.

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Table of Contents

Preface for the Instructor
Preface for the Student: A Guided Tour of The American Democracy
Acknowledgments
Ch. 1The American Heritage: Seeking a More Perfect Union3
Ch. 2Federal Government: Forging a Nation29
Ch. 3Constitutional Democracy: Promoting Liberty and Self-Government57
Ch. 4Civil Liberties83
Ch. 5Equal Rights: Struggling Toward Fairness111
Ch. 6Public Opinion and Political Socialization: Shaping the People's Voice147
Ch. 7Political Participation and Voting: Expressing the Popular Will177
Ch. 8Elections and the Two-Party System: Defining the Voters' Choice207
Ch. 9Political Parties: Contesting Elections235
Ch. 10Interest Groups: Organizing for Influence259
Ch. 11The News Media: Communicating Political Images293
Ch. 12Congressional Election and Organization: Sharing the Power323
Ch. 13Congressional Policymaking: Balancing National Goals and Local Interests351
Ch. 14Presidential Office and Election: Leading the Nation377
Ch. 15Presidential Policymaking: Eliciting Support410
Ch. 16The Federal Bureaucracy: Administering the Government433
Ch. 17The Federal Judicial System: Applying the Law466
Ch. 18Economic Policy: Contributing to Prosperity499
Ch. 19Social Welfare Policy: Providing for Personal Security and Need529
Ch. 20Foreign and Defense Policy: Protecting the American Way557
Ch. 21Conclusion: Renewing American Ideals589
AppendixesA-1
NotesA-35
IndexesI-1

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