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Overview

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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780077240257
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The
  • Publication date: 12/24/2008
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Pages: 480
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.70 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents

AmGov

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


Federalism


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


Incorporation


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


Obscenity


Defamation


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


Abortion


The Right to Die


Civic Engagement and Constitutional Liberties


Chapter 5: Civil Rights: Toward a More Equal Citizenry


African Americans and Civil Rights


Slavery


Dred Scott


The Civil War and Reconstruction


Segregation


Voting Barriers


NAACP


Modern Era of Civil Rights


Civil Rights Mobilization


Civil Rights Legislation


Retrospective


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


Gender


Geography


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


Mobilization


Voting


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


Lobbying


Financing Campaigns


Accessing the Courts


Grass Roots Mobilation


Coalition Formation


Protests


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


Issues


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


Resources


The Incumbency Factor


Midterm Elections


Redistricting


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


Party


Position


Procedures


The Functions of Congress


Lawmaking


Declaring War


Impeachment


Oversight


Budgeting


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


Fundraising


Primary Sweepstakes


Party Conventions


The General Election


Presidential Power


Chief Executive


Commander in Chief


Chief Diplomat


Chief of State


Lawmaker


Presidential Roles


Party Leader


Economic Leader


Opinion Leader


The Executive Branch


Cabinet


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


Leadership


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


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


Diplomacy


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


Appendix


The Declaration of Independence


The Constitution of the United States of America


Federalist Paper No. 10 (James Madison)


Federalist Paper No. 51 (James Madison)


Endnotes


Credits


Index
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