American Government: Politics and Political Culture / Edition 4

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American Government: Politics and Political Culture provides a comprehensive introduction to American politics, drawing students into the material by showing the relevance that political culture has to our everyday lives. This text is ideal for students who have not previously been exposed to government and politics beyond high school civics classes, as well as for students interested in the Â"whysÂ" and Â"howsÂ" of political events as opposed to the Â"whens.Â" The emphasis on the political values, expectations, and beliefs of American citizens distinguishes American Government from other texts. Lyons and Scheb continually address the interplay between political culture and our institutions, political campaigns, and the way questions of policy are framed and implemented.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781592602377
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 5/28/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 680
  • Lexile: 1310L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

William Lyons, Ph.D., University of Tennessee, Knoxville William Lyons earned his Ph.D. from the University of Oklahoma in 1974. Since 1975, he has been a member of the political science faculty at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Professor Lyons has extensive experience in public opinion polling and has worked as a consultant to numerous public agencies, private companies, and political candidates. He has also served as an expert witness in cases involving voting rights, employment discrimination, and city annexation. Professor Lyons¿s principal teaching and research areas are state and local government, public opinion, urban politics, political behavior, political communications, and research methodology. He has published numerous articles in professional journals, including American Journal of Political Science, American Politics Quarterly, Journal of Politics, Social Science Quarterly, State and Local Government Review, Journal of Marketing Research, and Public Administration Review. He is also the coauthor, with John M. Scheb II and Billy Stair, of Government and Politics in Tennessee (University of Tennessee Press 2002). Since 1976, Professor Lyons has also served as the political analysis for WBIR-TV, Knoxville. He is also the chairman of the board of Knoxville¿s Community Development Corporation.

ohn M. Scheb II, Ph.D., University of Tennessee, Knoxville John M. Scheb II received his Ph.D. from the University of Florida in 1982. Since then, he has been a member of the political science faculty at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Professor Scheb¿s primary interest is public law, which includes constitutional law, administrative law, and criminal law and procedure. His secondary interest is public opinion. Professor Scheb has been involved in numerous survey research projects for government agencies, political candidates, and private businesses. He is the coauthor of Criminal Law and Procedure, 4th edition (Wadsworth, 2001) and, with Otis H. Stephens, Jr., of American Constitutional Law, 3rd edition (Wadsworth 2002). He is also the coauthor, with William Lyons and Billy Stair, of Government and Politics in Tennessee (University of Tennessee Press 2002). Professor Scheb¿s research has been published in a number of professional journals, including Journal of Politics, American Politics Quarterly, Social Science Quarterly, Political Behavior, Law and Policy, Tennessee Law Review, Judicature, and State and Local Government Review. Professor Scheb is the chair of the legal studies program at the University of Tennessee.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 - The Political Culture of American Democracy Chapter 2 - The Development of American Constitutional Democracy Chapter 3 - Federalism: A Nation of States Chapter 4 - Civil Liberties and Individual Freedom Chapter 5 - Civil Rights and the Struggle for Equality Chapter 6 - Public Opinion in American Politics Chapter 7 - Popular Participation in Politics Chapter 8 - Political Parties Chapter 9 - Interest Groups Chapter 10 - The Mass Media Chapter 11 - Campaigns and Elections Chapter 12 - Congress Chapter 13 - The Presidency Chapter 14 - The Federal Courts Chapter 15 - The Federal Bureaucracy Chapter 16 - Domestic Policy and the Policy-Making Process Chapter 17 - Economic Policy Chapter 18 - Foreign Policy and National Defense Appendixes Appendix A - The Declaration of Independence A-1The Declaration of Independence Appendix B - The Articles of Confederation B-1The Articles of Confederation Appendix C - The Constitution of the United States of America C-1The Constitution of the United States of America Appendix D - Results of Presidential Elections, 1789-2000 D-1Results of Presidential Elections, 1789-2000 Appendix E - Supreme Court Justices By Appointing President, State Appointed from, and Political Party E-1Supreme Court Justices By Appointing President, State Appointed from, and Political Party

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