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Go beyond the television newsrooms and the canned political speeches with AMERICAN GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS TODAY, 2007-2008, ALTERNATE EDITION. With up-to-date information and the inside track on public policy makers, this edition presents what you need to know about American politics in an easy-to-understand format. And, special sections on the impact of economics and foreign policy make this textbook particularly relevant in today's political climate.
PART ONE: THE AMERICAN SYSTEM. 1. The Democratic Republic. 2. The Constitution. Appendix: The Constitution of the United States of America. 3. Federalism. PART TWO: CIVIL RIGHTS AND LIBERTIES. 4. Civil Liberties. 5. Civil Rights. PART THREE: PEOPLE AND POLITICS. 6. Public Opinion and Political Socialization. 7. Interest Groups. 8. Political Parties. 9. Campaigns, Nominations, and Elections. 10. The Media and Cyberpolitics. PART FOUR: POLITICAL INSTITUTIONS. 11. The Congress. 12. The President. 13. The Bureaucracy. 14. The Courts. Appendix A: The Declaration of Independence. Appendix B: How to Read Case Citations and Find Court Decisions. Appendix C: Presidents of the United States. Appendix D: Federalist Papers No. 10, No. 51, and No. 78. Appendix E: Justices of the U.S. Supreme court since 1900. Appendix F: Party Control of Congress since 1900. Appendix G: Spanish Equivalents for Important Terms in American Government. Glossary. Index.