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  • ISBN-13: 9780072989311
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Higher Education
  • Publication date: 12/10/2004
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 7
  • Pages: 619
  • Product dimensions: 8.54 (w) x 10.32 (h) x 1.18 (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

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’sVoice

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: Economic and Environmental Policy: Contributing to Prosperity

Government as Regulator of the Economy

Government as Protector of the Environment

Government as Promoter of Economic Interests

Fiscal Policy: Government as Manager of Economy, I

Monetary Policy: Government as Manager of Economy, II

Chapter 16: Welfare and Education Policy: Providing for Personal Security and Need

Poverty in America: The Nature of the Problem

The Politics and Policies of Social Welfare

Individual-Benefit Programs

Education as Equality of Opportunity: The American Way

Culture, Politics, and Social Welfare

Chapter 17: Foreign and Defense Policy: Protecting the American Way

The Roots of U.S. Foreign and Defense Policy

The Process of Foreign and Military Policymaking

The Military Dimension of the National Security Policy

The Economic Dimension of National Security Policy

A New World

Chapter 18: 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

Appendixes

Glossary

Notes

Credits

Index

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