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Based on the best-selling, full-length text The Challenge of Democracy, Eighth Edition, this brief version maintains the same framework and motifs in a shorter format. The pedagogy is linked to two main themes: the conflicting values of freedom, order, and equality, and the majoritarianism versus pluralism debate. In addition, a focus on globalization and its implications helps students put American government in a broader context. An extensive supplementary program that includes a text-specific web site, study guide, Internet Exercises, the Crosstabs software and IDEAlog.
Note: Each chapter includes a Summary and Internet Exercises. 1. Dilemmas of Democracy The Globalization of American Government The Purposes of Government A Conceptual Framework for Analyzing Government The American Governmental Process: Majoritarian or Pluralist? Politics in a Changing World: Too Much Direct Democracy in California? Democracy and Globalization 2. The Constitution The Revolutionary Roots of the Constitution From Revolution to Confederation From Confederation to Constitution The Final Product Selling the Constitution Constitutional Change An Evaluation of the Constitution Politics in a Changing World: A New Birth of Freedom: Exporting American Constitutionalism 3. Federalism Theories and Metaphors The Dynamics of Federalism Ideology, Policymaking, and American Federalism Looking to the Future: Water Wars Among the States? Federalism and Electoral Politics Federalism and the American Intergovernmental System Federalism and Pluralism 4. Public Opinion, Political Socialization, and the Media Public Opinion and the Models of Democracy Political Socialization Social Groups and Political Values From Values to Ideology The Process of Forming Political Opinions The Media in America Reporting and Following the News Looking to the Future: Who Will Be Last to Read a Newspaper? Evaluating the Media in Government 5. Participation and Voting Democracy and Political Participation Unconventional Participation Conventional Participation Participating Through Voting Explaining Political Participation Looking to the Future: Will the South Rise Over the North? Participation and Freedom, Equality, and Order Participation and the Models of Democracy 6. Political Parties, Campaigns, and Elections Political Parties and Their Functions A History of U.S. Party Politics The American Two-Party System Politics in a Changing World: The Changing Relationship Between Age and Party Identification Party Ideology and Organization The Model of Responsible Party Government Parties and Candidates Elections Campaigns Explaining Voting Choice Campaigns, Elections, and Parties 7. Interest Groups Interest Groups and the American Political Tradition How Interest Groups Form Looking to the Future: Labor Pains Interest Group Resources Lobbying Tactics Is the System Biased? 8. Congress The Origin and Powers of Congress Electing the Congress Politics in a Changing World: Underrepresentation in the House of Representatives How Issues Get on the Congressional Agenda The Dance of Legislation: An Overview Committees: The Workhorses of Congress Leaders and Followers in Congress The Legislative Environment The Dilemma of Representation: Trustees or Delegates? Pluralism, Majoritarianism, and Democracy 9. The Presidency The Constitutional Basis of Presidential Power The Expansion of Presidential Power The Executive Branch Establishment Presidential Leadership The President as National Leader The President as World Leader Politics in a Changing World: Coalition Leaders or Cowboys? 10. The Bureaucracy Organization Matters The Development of the Bureaucratic State Bureaus and Bureaucrats Looking to the Future: Downsizing the Federal Bureaucracy? Administrative Policymaking: The Formal Processes Administrative Policymaking: Informal Politics Problems in Implementing Policy Reforming the Bureaucracy: More Control or Less? 11. The Courts National Judicial Supremacy The Organization of Courts The Supreme Court Judicial Recruitment The Consequences of Judicial Decisions The Courts and Models of Democracy Politics in a Changing World: No Constitutional Right to Die 12. Order and Civil Liberties The Bill of Rights Freedom of Religion Freedom of Expression Looking to the Future: "Free the Mouse": Mickey Remains Behind Copyright Bars The Right to Bear Arms Applying the Bill of Rights to the States The Ninth Amendment and Personal Autonomy 13. Equality and Civil Rights Two Conceptions of Equality The Civil War Amendments The Dismantling of School Segregation The Civil Rights Movement Civil Rights for Other Minorities Looking to the Future: White or Black? Try Moreno, Truigueno, or Indio Gender and Equal Rights: The Women's Movement Affirmative Action: Equal Opportunity or Equal Outcome? 14. Policymaking and the Budget Government Purposes and Public Policies Fragmentation and Coordination Economic Policy and the Budget Looking to the Future: Is the Social Security Program Sustainable? Appendix The Declaration of Independence The Constitution of the United States of America