This mainstream American government text has a strong constitutional/institutional emphasis. Each chapter concludes with a case study of the chapter topic, written by leading reporters and commentators. Boxed inserts enliven the discussion with recent examples. The book is generously illustrated with over 100 political cartoons presenting provocative perspectives. Separate policy chapters follow institutional treatment.
CHAPTER 1: An Overview of the American Political SystemPART I: THE SETTING OF THE AMERICAN SYSTEM CHAPTER 2: The Ideological Foundations CHAPTER 3: The Constitutional Framework CHAPTER 4: The Rights of Citizens CHAPTER 5: The Structure of Federalism PART II: THE POLITICAL PROCESS CHAPTER 6: Political Attitudes CHAPTER 7: The Organization and Functions of American Political Parties CHAPTER 8: Nominations, Campaigns, and Elections CHAPTER 9: Interest Groups and Their Demands PART III: THE NATIONAL GOVERNMENT IN ACTION CHAPTER 10: Congress: Its Framework and Members CHAPTER 11: Congressional Policy Making CHAPTER 12: The Presidency CHAPTER 13: Presidential Policy Making CHAPTER 14: The Bureaucrace CHAPTER 15: The Judicial System CHAPTER 16: Judicial Policy Making CHAPTER 17: The Media PART IV: THE NATURE AND DISTRIBUTION OF GOVERNMENT RESPONSIBILITIES CHAPTER 18: Government Policies CHAPTER 19: The Distribution of Government Responsibilities