American Government: Readings and Cases / Edition 15

American Government: Readings and Cases / Edition 15

by Peter Woll, Stephen J. Rockwell
     
 

ISBN-10: 0321188314

ISBN-13: 9780321188311

Pub. Date: 03/28/2003

Publisher: Longman Publishing Group

"With an even stronger focus on the U.S. Constitution in the post 9/11 world, the sixteenth edition of this best-selling reader in American government puts students directly in touch with the great authors and political leaders who have shaped - and are shaping - American government." Peter Woll continues to provide a strong, balanced blend of classics that illustrate…  See more details below

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"With an even stronger focus on the U.S. Constitution in the post 9/11 world, the sixteenth edition of this best-selling reader in American government puts students directly in touch with the great authors and political leaders who have shaped - and are shaping - American government." Peter Woll continues to provide a strong, balanced blend of classics that illustrate and amplify important concepts in American government, along with current readings and cases drawn from today's world.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780321188311
Publisher:
Longman Publishing Group
Publication date:
03/28/2003
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
91
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.30(d)

Table of Contents

Ch. 1Constitutional government3
Constitutional democracy : the rule of law3
Framing the Constitution : elitist or democratic process?10
Limitation of governmental power and of majority rule41
Interpreting the Constitution45
Ch. 2Federalism50
Constitutional background : national versus state power51
Implied powers and the supremacy of national law74
A perspective on federalism : present and future83
State politics and constitutional government88
National power over the states : a recurring constitutional debate95
Ch. 3Civil liberties and civil rights105
Constitutional background105
The nationalization of the Bill of Rights112
The Fourteenth Amendment116
Freedom of speech and press124
Expanding the boundaries of permissible criticism of government and public officials130
Equal protection of the laws : school desegregation136
The judicial sources of major political controversies over civil liberties and rights145
The establishment clause and the issue of school prayer146
School vouchers and the establishment clause154
The right to abortion156
Affirmative action167
Ch. 4Political parties and the electorate175
Constitutional background175
Constitutional protection of parties183
The party model of government185
Political parties in divided government193
Functions and types of elections201
Party decline and electoral decay212
Voting behavior : rational or irrational?218
Political campaigns and the electorate226
Political parties and campaign finance : constitutional issues regulating political campaigns230
The Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002236
A perspective on the act247
Ch. 5Interest groups253
Constitutional background253
The nature and functions of interest groups259
How American government and politics enhance interest group power273
Money, PACs, and elections277
Ch. 6The presidency287
Constitutional background : single versus plural executive287
The nature of the presidency : power, persuasion, and paradoxes290
Presidential politics302
Presidential character and style303
Presidential leadership and political parties313
Presidential elections327
The constitutional presidency and emergency powers331
Ex Parte Quirin (1942) as a precedent for military tribunals to try suspected terrorists338
Ch. 7The bureaucracy350
Constitutional background350
The political roots and consequences of bureaucracy355
Ch. 8Congress364
Constitutional background : representation of popular, group, and national interests364
Congress and the Washington political establishment : Congress emerges as a professional body shaped by reelection and internal power incentives372
Committee chairmen as political entrepreneurs385
Congress and the electoral connection397
Ch. 9The judiciary426
Constitutional background : judicial independence and judicial review426
Powers and limitations of the Supreme Court435
A case study of judicial self-restraint : the Pledge of Allegiance case and the First Amendment's establishment clause442
The use of the standing doctrine as procedural self-restraint : a case study442
Judicial decision making447
Interpreting the Constitution455
The contemporary debate over constitutional interpretation456
App. 1The Declaration of Independence466
App. 2The Constitution of the United States470

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