Am Gov 2009

Am Gov 2009

by Joseph Losco, Ralph Baker

ISBN-10: 0077240251

ISBN-13: 9780077240257

Pub. Date: 12/24/2008

Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The

For your classes in American Government, McGraw-Hill introduces the latest in its acclaimed M Series. The M Series started with your students. McGraw-Hill conducted in-depth, ethnographic research with students from a variety of backgrounds and institutions to gain insight into their studying and buying behavior. Students told us they wanted more portable texts


For your classes in American Government, McGraw-Hill introduces the latest in its acclaimed M Series. The M Series started with your students. McGraw-Hill conducted in-depth, ethnographic research with students from a variety of backgrounds and institutions to gain insight into their studying and buying behavior. Students told us they wanted more portable texts with innovative visual appeal and content that is designed according to the way they learn. We also surveyed instructors, and they told us they wanted a way to engage their students without compromising on high-quality content.

AM GOV, published annually, is the first student-centered American government text. Designed to be used by instructors who traditionally use either a big, brief, or essentials text, it offers scholarly, succinct, and conventionally organized core content; unmatched currency; and a magazine format that engages students. All this, and at a price that students love.

More current, more portable, more captivating, with a rigorous and innovative research foundation, AmGov adds up to more learning. When you meet students where they are, you can take them where you want them to be.

Product Details

McGraw-Hill Companies, The
Publication date:
Edition description:
Older Edition
Product dimensions:
8.40(w) x 10.70(h) x 0.40(d)

Table of Contents


Chapter 1: Citizenship in Our Changing Democracy

Politics, Power, and Participation

Types of Government

Political Power

Participation and Democracy

American Political Ideals

The Changing Face of the American Citizenry

Growing Diversity

Growing Older

Growing Apart

The Future of Citizenship

Chapter 2: The Constitution: The Foundation of Citizens' Rights

The Foundations of American Democracy

Early Colonization

Economic Distress

Declaration of Independence

The Birth of a Nation

The Articles of Confederation: A Document

Whose Time Had Come and Gone

The Road to Philadelphia

A New Constitution Is Born

Regional Tensions

Constitutional Principles

Liberal Democratic Principles

Separation of Powers and Checks and Balances


Constitutional Construction

The Fight for Ratification

Antifederalist Opposition

The Battle in the States

Making Good on a Promise

Constitutional Change

Amending the Constitution

Institutional Adaptation

Judicial Review

Expanding the Franchise

The Constitution and Civic Engagement Today

Chapter 3: Federalism: Citizenship and the Dispersal of Power

The Division of Power

Prevailing Models for Dispersing Power

The Federalist Solution

The Evolution of Intergovernmental Relations

The National Government Asserts Itself: 1789-1832

Dual Federalism, Disunion, and War: 1832-1865

Federalism in the Age of Commerce: 1865-1932

The New Deal and the Growth of National Power: 1932-1937

Cooperative Federalism: 1937-1960s

Creative Federalism: 1960s-1970s

New Federalism and the Devolution of Power: 1980-Present

Federal-State Relations

Fiscal Relations

Political Relations

Constitutional Issues

Interstate Relations

Cooperation and Competition

Innovation in the States

Federalism and Civic Engagement Today

Chapter 4: Civil Liberties: Expanding Citizens' Rights

Heritage of Rights and Liberties

The Constitution and Rights

The Bill of Rights


The Modern Emphasis on Rights

Freedom of Religion

Free Exercise Clause

Congress and Religious Freedom

Establishment Clause

Religion and Public Schools

Religious Use of Public School Facilities and Funds

Prayer in School

Aid to Religious School

Government Endorsement of Religion

Freedom of Speech

Political Speech

Campaign Speech

Commercial Speech

Symbolic Speech

Boundaries of Free Speech



Hate Speech

Freedom of the Press

Prior Restraint

Government Control of Media Content

Special Rights

Freedom of Assembly and Association

Freedom of Assembly

Freedom of Association

Right to Keep and Bear Arms

Rights of the Accused

The Fourth Amendment: Searches and Seizures

The Fifth Amendment: Self-Incrimination

The Sixth Amendment: Right to Counsel

The Sixth Amendment: Trial by Jury

The Eighth Amendment: Cruel and Unusual Punishment

The Right to Privacy


The Right to Die

Civic Engagement and Constitutional Liberties

Chapter 5: Civil Rights: Toward a More Equal Citizenry

African Americans and Civil Rights


Dred Scott

The Civil War and Reconstruction


Voting Barriers


Modern Era of Civil Rights

Civil Rights Mobilization

Civil Rights Legislation


Interpreting Equality

Judicial Tests

Affirmative Action

Racial Classification

Current Impact on Education

Continuing Controversy

Other Minority Groups

Native Americans

Hispanic Americans

Asian Americans

Disabled Americans

American Seniors

Gay and Lesbian Americans

Women and Civil Rights

Women's Mobilization Eras

Early Women's Movement: 1840-1875

The Suffrage Movement: 1890-1920

The Second Women's Rights Movement: 1961-Present

Current Issues

Workplace Equality

Sexual Harrassment

Women's Role in the Military

Civic Engagement and Civil Rights

Chapter 6: Public Opinion: Listening to Citizens

Understanding Public Opinion in the Context of American Politics

The Nature of Public Opinion

Changes in Assessing and Using Public Opinion

How Political Opinions Are Formed

The Process of Socialization

Agents of Political Socialization

Group Differences in Political Opinions

Racial and Ethnic Identity



Measuring Public Opinion

Dimensions of Public Opinion

Types of Polls

Polling Techniques

Who Is Asked? Selecting the Sample

What Is Asked? Paying Attention to the Questions

The Content of American Public Opinion

Political Knowledge

Confidence in Government Institutions

Trust in Government

Political Efficacy

Support for Democratic Values

Political Ideologies

Public Opinion and Public Policy

Public Opinion and Civic Engagement Today

Chapter 7: Political Participation: Equal Opportunities and Unequal Voices

Political Participation: Opportunities, Costs, and Benefits

Characteristics of Political Participation

Amount of Information Conveyed

Variation in Frequency and Strength of Messages Conveyed

Ingredients for Involvement

Access to Resources

Political Engagement



Who Votes? Who Doesn't?

Factors Influencing Voter Turnout

Other Forms of Political Participation

Beyond Voting: Activities That Require More Time

Beyond Voting: Acitivities That Require More Skill

Beyond Voting: Activities That Require Money

The Impact of Participation Patterns on Policy

Participation and Civic Engagement Today

Chapter 8: Interest Groups in America

Organized Interests: Who Are They

Neighbors or Adversaries?

Distinctive Features

The Roots of Interest Group Politics in America

Interest Groups on the Rise

The Advocacy Explosion

Who Interests Are Represented?

Who Has the Numbers?

Who Has the Money?

Who Interests Are Not Represented?

Why Join?

Material Incentives

Solidary Incentives

Purposive Incentives

Assessing Motives

Interest Group Strategies

Lobbying and Other Tactics


Financing Campaigns

Accessing the Courts

Grass Roots Mobilation

Coalition Formation


Interest Groups and Civic Engagement Today

Chapter 9: Parties and Political Campaigns: Citizens and the Electoral Process

Political Parties and Electoral Politics

The Nature of Parties

Why Two Parties?

Growth and Development of Our Two-Party System

The Evolution of American Political Parties: Five Party Eras

1968 to Present

Party Realignment

Built to Win: Party Structure

National Committees

Congressional and Senatorial Campaign Committees

State Committees

Local Party Organizations

Precinct Organizations

Third Parties and Independent Candidacies

Candidates and Electoral Politics: Candidate-Centered Campaigning

Candidates, Money, and Expertise

Candidates and the Parties

Candidate Communication

Voters in the Electoral Process: How Americans Decide

Party Choice


Candidate Characteristics

Parties, Political Campaigns, and Civic Engagement Today

Chapter 10: Media: Tuning In or Turning Out

Evolving Civic Life and Media Changes

Early Days

Partisan Press

Penny Press

Yellow Journalism

Broadcast Media

The Media Today

The Media Environment in America

Private Ownership

Ownership Limits

Content Regulation

Emphasis on Entertainment

Adversarial Journalism

Political Bias?

Media and Political Campaigns

Free Media

Presidential Debates

Paid Media

The Internet

Game Coverage

Character Issue (Probing Personal Lives)

Election Night Coverage

Government Coverage in the Media

Covering the President

Covering Congress

Covering the Supreme Court

The Media and Civic Engagement Today

Chapter 11: Congress: Doing the People's Business

Origins and Powers of Congress

Civic Life and Congressional Change

Building the Institution

The Era of Reform

The Resurgent Executive Branch

The Rights Revolution and Congress Today

Getting Elected


The Incumbency Factor

Midterm Elections


Doing the Job: Responsibilities and Benefits

Representing the People

Pay and Perks

Home-Style Politics

Dealing with Organized Interests

Working with Others

Keys to Political Power

The Committee System




The Functions of Congress


Declaring War




Advice and Consent

Civic Engagement and Congress Today

Chapter 12: The Presidency: Power and Paradox

Origins and Powers of the Presidency

Constitutional Provisions

Crafting the Office: From Washington to Roosevelt

The Modern Presidency

The Path to the Presidency

Getting Elected


Primary Sweepstakes

Party Conventions

The General Election

Presidential Power

Chief Executive

Commander in Chief

Chief Diplomat

Chief of State


Presidential Roles

Party Leader

Economic Leader

Opinion Leader

The Executive Branch


Executive Office of the President

Presidential Style

Assessing Presidential Power and Its Limits

The Vice President

Civic Engagement and the Presidency Today

Chapter 13: Bureaucracy: Citizens As Owners and Consumers

Bureaucratic Changes and Evolving Civic Life

Growth of Bureaucracy

The Early Bureaucracy

The Reform Era

Bureaucracy Today

The Nature of Bureaucracy

Federal Bureaucrats and Their Work

Who Are They?

What Do They Do?

Organization of the Federal Bureaucracy

Sources of Bureaucratic Power

External Support

Expertise and Discretion

Longevity and Vitality


Controlling Bureaucratic Power

Congressional Controls

Presidential Controls

Judicial Controls

Whistle Blowing

The Bureaucracy and Civic Engagement

Chapter 14: The Courts: Judicial Power in a Democratic Setting

National Court Structure

District Courts

United States Courts of Appeals

United States Supreme Court

Specialized Courts

Nature of the Judicial Process

Common Law

Judicial Review

Civil and Criminal Law

Judicial Requirements

Real Cases and Controversies

Changing Nature of the Supreme Court

The Early Court

The Court, Business, and Social Welfare

The Court and Personal Rights

Supreme Court Decision Making

Agenda Decisions

Voting Decisions

Explaining Decisions

Implementing Decisions

Understanding Decisions

Supreme Court Selection


Nomination Criteria

Senate Confirmation

Lower Court Selection

Civic Engagement and the Judiciary

Chapter 15: Public Policy: Responding to Citizens

The Nature and Scope of Public Policy

Policy Making and Evaluation

Problem Recognition

Agenda Setting

Policy Formation

Policy Adoption and Implementation

Policy Evaluation

Explaining Policy Outcomes

Domestic Policy

Protecting the Environment

Helping the Poor

Economic Policy

Fiscal Policy

Monetary Policy

Global Economic Policy

Civic Engagement and Public Policy Today

Chapter 16: Foreign and Defense Policy: Protecting American Interests in the World

Defense and Foreign Policy in Historical Perspective

Finding a Place in the World

Becoming an International Power

The Nuclear Age

The Growing Threat of Terrorism

Defending U.S. Interests in a Constantly Changing World

Defining National Interests

Understanding Nation-State Dynamics and Strategic Choices

Making Foreign Policy

The Primacy of the Executive Branch

Congress's Role

Other Actors

The Public's Role

Tools of Foreign Policy

Military Power


Foreign Aid

Working with International Organizations

Confronting the Future

The Terrorist Threat

The Nuclear Threat

Threats Posed by Regional Conflicts

The Rise of China

Civic Engagement and Foreign Policy Today


The Declaration of Independence

The Constitution of the United States of America

Federalist Paper No. 10 (James Madison)

Federalist Paper No. 51 (James Madison)




Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network


Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >