Dynamics of Democracy / Edition 5

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This text explores the workings of American government using two recurrent themes - that politics arises from conflict and that the rules of government help determine who wins and who loses. The text develops these twin themes using clear,powerful writing and vivid examples that engage student interest.
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A comprehensive undergraduate introduction to American politics. Chapters on the social context of American politics, interest groups, the courts, and the federal budget feature learning aids including opening vignettes, margin definitions, an annotated text of the US Constitution, a glossary, and boxes on rules in government and the people who make them. Appendices offer supplementary readings and historical materials. A stapled supplement, A New Order in American Politics, explains why the Republicans won in 1994 and what it means. The publisher shows the text/insert package as having ISBN 0- 697-31490-1. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780759392809
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 12/15/2006
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 5
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 10.60 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Peverill Squire, Ph.D., University of Iowa
Peverill Squire is professor of political science at the University of Iowa, where he has served as chair of the department. Professor Squire received his A.B., M.A., and Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. In 1990, he was a visiting professor at Meiji University in Tokyo, Japan, where he taught a course on American politics. During the 1999-2000 academic year, Professor Squire was a Fulbright Distinguished Lecturer, holding the John Marshall Chair in Political Science at the Budapest (Hungary) University of Economic Sciences.

James M. Lindsay, Ph.D., Council on Foreign Relations
James M. Lindsay is Vice President and Director of Studies of the Council on Foreign Relations. Prior, he was Deputy Director and Senior Fellow in the Foreign Policy Studies Program at the Brookings Institution. He was also previously a professor of political science at the University of Iowa. Lindsay received his A.B. from the University of Michigan and his M.A., M.S., and Ph.D. from Yale University. He is a recipient of a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Fellowship in International Peace and Security and of an Advanced Research Fellowship in Foreign Policy Studies, both from the Social Science Research Council, and a recipient of an International Affairs Fellowship from the Council on Foreign Relations. In addition to numerous scholarly articles and newspaper op-eds, Dr. Lindsay is the author of Congress and Nuclear Weapons (Johns Hopkins University Press) and Congress and the Politics of U.S. Foreign Policy (Johns Hopkins University Press), co-author of Defending America: The Case for Limited National Missile Defense(Brookings Institution Press), and the co-editor of Congress Resurgent (University of Michigan Press) and Change in U.S. Foreign Policy After the Cold War (University of Pittsburgh Press). While on the faculty at the University of Iowa, he received the Collegiate Teaching Award, the James N. Murray Faculty Teaching Award, and a Pew Faculty Fellowship in International Affairs. In 1996-97, Professor Lindsay served as Director for Global Issues and Multilateral Affairs at the National Security Council, the White House.

Cary R. Covington, Ph.D., University of Iowa
Cary R. Covington is associate professor of political science at the University of Iowa. He received his B.A. from Whittier College and his A.M. and Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is co-author of The Coalitional Presidency (Brooks/Cole Publishing Company), and his research on the institution of the presidency and on presidential-congressional relations has been published in such journals as the American Journal of Political Science, Journal of Politics, Political Research Quarterly, Legislative Studies Quarterly, and American Politics Quarterly. Professor Covington has had a long and abiding interest in teaching, both in and out of the classroom. Before becoming a member of the faculty at the University of Iowa, he taught at Texas A&M University. He has worked as a consultant for the Educational Testing Service (ETS) as a member of its Test Development Committee for the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) in American government, and served as a faculty instructor for The Washington Center's Campaign 2000 Internship Program at the Republican National Convention in Philadelphia, PA. At the University of Iowa, Professor Covington regularly teaches both large and small-enrollment courses on introductory American politics, as well as courses on the American presidency, the legislative process, and bureaucratic politics. In addition to his activities in the classroom, he has assisted many students by serving at various times as the political science department's Director of Undergraduate Studies, Director of Graduate Studies, and Director of Government Internships.

Eric R. A. N. Smith, Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara
Eric R.A.N. Smith is associate professor of political science and environmental studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He received his A.B., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees from the University of California, Berkeley. He taught at Brandeis University and then at Columbia University before moving to U.C. Santa Barbara. From 1996 to 1997 he was the director of U.C. Santa Barbara's Washington D.C. Center. His research focuses on public opinion, elections, and environmental politics. Dr. Smith is the author of The Unchanging American Voter (University of California Press), Energy, the Environment, and Public Opinion (Rowman & Littlefield), and numerous articles in journals such as American Political Science Review, Journal of Politics, Legislative Studies Quarterly, Public Opinion Quarterly, Political Research Quarterly, Political Psychology, and Society and Natural Resources. Professor Smith enjoys teaching and has taught a wide range of classes┬┐including introduction to American government and politics, public opinion and elections, political parties, Congress, and environmental politics. He believes that to understand and appreciate politics, students should both study academic theories about politics and be exposed to real politics and politicians. Toward that end, Professor Smith teaches his Congress course based on a simulation of the U.S. House of Representatives; he regularly brings politicians into his classes to talk with his students; and he sponsors dozens of internships in local, state, and national politics. Smith is not only a scholar who studies politics; he is also an active participant in politics. He sponsors one of the political clubs on his campus and has worked in campaigns ranging from local to national office.

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Table of Contents

1 Studying the Dynamics of Democracy: Conflict, Rules, and Change

Politics and Conflict
Government as Rule Maker
Putting It All Together: Context, Participants, Institutions, and Processes
Readings for Further Study*
Key Terms*
2 The Constitution
The Constitution as a Reflection of Political Conflict
The Constitution as a Reflection of the Founder's Philosophy
The Core Provisions of the Constitution
Three Consequences of the Constitution
Federalism: The Vertical Dimension to the Constitution
Readings for Further Study
The Constitution of the United States
3 The Social Context of American Politics
Who Are Americans?
Social and Economic Characteristics
Diversity and Social Harmony
Political Power in the United States
4 Civil Liberties
Interpreting the Constitution
The Bill of Rights and State Government
The First Amendment: Freedom of Speech, Assembly, Press, and Religion
The Second Amendment: The Right to Bear Arms?
Government and the Rights of Criminal Suspects
(and more...)
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