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Students using this text require a special access code to enter the website. A card containing this access code should be packaged with this book. If it is not packaged with this text, log onto www.prenhall.com/burnsweb to purchase an access code on line.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780130307224
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall
  • Publication date: 7/11/2000
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 531
  • Product dimensions: 7.01 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 0.35 (d)

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PREFACE:

PREFACE

Constitutional democracy—the kind we have in the United States—is exceedingly hard to win, equally hard to sustain, and often hard to understand without rigorous study. The form of constitutional democracy that has emerged in the United States requires continual participation by caring, tolerant, and informed citizens. The framers of our Constitution warned that we must be vigilant in safeguarding our rights, liberties, and political institutions. But to do this, we first have to understand these institutions and the forces that have shaped our political and constitutional systems.

American politics is now in a volatile period, with voters willing to switch back and forth between parties, and with the parties trying to find a basis for a new and lasting majority coalition. Although our defense policy changed with the collapse of communism, the world has not suddenly become a safe place in which to live. Regional strife and terrorism continue, and the United States has entered a period of reassessment of its role in the world, in the United Nations, in regional defense organizations like NATO, and in its economic relations with other countries.

Although we constantly turn to government and elected officials with problems and requests, we are still highly critical of their shortcomings. A recurrent theme of this book is the absolute need for politics and politicians, despite the widespread tendency to criticize nearly everything political. Contempt for government and politics is expressed here in the United States and abroad, yet politics and partisan competition are the life blood by which free people can achieve theideals of a government by the people.

We hope you will come away from reading this book with a richer understanding of American politics, government, and the job of politicians, and we hope you will participate actively in making your constitutional democracy more vital and responsive to the urgent problems of the twenty-first century.

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

We are grateful for the help we have received from our colleagues, research assistants, and support staff, who have helped each of us in the preparation of this edition of Government By The People. Research assistants were: Brant Avondet, Jason Beal, Marianne Holt, Anna Nibley, Eric Smith, Kim Spears, Peter Stone, and Jon Tanner at Brigham Young University Elizabeth Schiller at University of California and Donna Jones and JoAnn Collins at Whitman College provided secretarial assistance.

Our special thanks go to our superb production editor, Serena Hoffman, who once again guided us in the rewriting of this book. She is as close to being a coauthor as a production editor can be. We also thank Beth Gillett Mejia, who has brought her considerable energy and experience to the design and content of this edition. We also thank our Prentice Hall friends: Phil Miller, Charlyce Jones Owen, Nancy Roberts, and Christopher DeJohn.

Finally, we thank the students and professors who have sent us letters with suggestions for improving Government By The People. We welcome your notes, calls, and e-mail concerning any errors or ways we can further improve the book. Please write us care of the Political Science Editor at Prentice Hall, 1 Lake Street, Upper Saddle River, New Jersey 07458.

James MAcGregor Burns
J.W. Peltason
Thomas E. Cronin
David B. Magleby

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Table of Contents

Note: The Basic Version consists of Chapters 1-17 plus Chapter 30 and full appendices, the National Version consists of Chapters 1-20 plus Chapter 30 and full appendices, and the National/State/Local Version consists of Chapters 1-30 and full appendices. Each chapter concludes with a Summary, List of Key Terms and Further Readings.

I. CONSTITUTIONAL PRINCIPLES.

1. Constitutional Democracy.
2. The Living Constitution.
The Constitution of the United States.
3. American Federalism.

II. RIGHTS AND LIBERTIES.

4. First Amendment Rights.
5. Equal Rights Under the Law.
6. Rights to Life, Liberty, and Property.

III. THE POLITICAL PROCESS.

7. Political Culture and Ideology.
8. The American Political Landscape.
9. Interest Groups: The Politics of Influence.
10. Political Parties: Essential to Democracy.
11. Public Opinion, Participation, and Voting.
12. Campaigns and Elections: Democracy in Action.
13. The Media and American Politics.

IV. POLICY-MAKING INSTITUTIONS.

14. Congress: The People's Branch.
15. The Presidency: The Leadership Branch.
16. The Judiciary: The Balancing Branch.
17. The Bureaucracy: The Real Power?

V. THE POLITICS OF NATIONAL POLICY.

18.Making Economic and Regulatory Policy.
19. Making Social Policy.
20. Making Foreign and Defense Policy.

VI. STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT.

21. State and Local Politics: Who Governs?
22. State Constitutions: Charters or Straitjackets?
23. Parties and Elections in the States.
24. State Legislatures.
25. State Governors.
26. Judges and Justice in the States.
27. Local Governments and Metropolitics.
28. Making State and Local Policy.
29. Staffing and Financing State and Local Governments.
30. The Democratic Faith.

APPENDIX

The Declaration of Independence.
The Federalist, No. 10.
The Federalist, No. 51.
The Federalist, No. 78.
Presidential Election Results.
Glossary.
Notes.
Photo Credits.
Index.

Basic

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Preface

PREFACE:

PREFACE

Constitutional democracy—the kind we have in the United States—is exceedingly hard to win, equally hard to sustain, and often hard to understand without rigorous study. The form of constitutional democracy that has emerged in the United States requires continual participation by caring, tolerant, and informed citizens. The framers of our Constitution warned that we must be vigilant in safeguarding our rights, liberties, and political institutions. But to do this, we first have to understand these institutions and the forces that have shaped our political and constitutional systems.

American politics is now in a volatile period, with voters willing to switch back and forth between parties, and with the parties trying to find a basis for a new and lasting majority coalition. Although our defense policy changed with the collapse of communism, the world has not suddenly become a safe place in which to live. Regional strife and terrorism continue, and the United States has entered a period of reassessment of its role in the world, in the United Nations, in regional defense organizations like NATO, and in its economic relations with other countries.

Although we constantly turn to government and elected officials with problems and requests, we are still highly critical of their shortcomings. A recurrent theme of this book is the absolute need for politics and politicians, despite the widespread tendency to criticize nearly everything political. Contempt for government and politics is expressed here in the United States and abroad, yet politics and partisan competition are the life blood by which free people can achievetheideals of a government by the people.

We hope you will come away from reading this book with a richer understanding of American politics, government, and the job of politicians, and we hope you will participate actively in making your constitutional democracy more vital and responsive to the urgent problems of the twenty-first century.

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

We are grateful for the help we have received from our colleagues, research assistants, and support staff, who have helped each of us in the preparation of this edition of Government By The People. Research assistants were: Brant Avondet, Jason Beal, Marianne Holt, Anna Nibley, Eric Smith, Kim Spears, Peter Stone, and Jon Tanner at Brigham Young University Elizabeth Schiller at University of California and Donna Jones and JoAnn Collins at Whitman College provided secretarial assistance.

Our special thanks go to our superb production editor, Serena Hoffman, who once again guided us in the rewriting of this book. She is as close to being a coauthor as a production editor can be. We also thank Beth Gillett Mejia, who has brought her considerable energy and experience to the design and content of this edition. We also thank our Prentice Hall friends: Phil Miller, Charlyce Jones Owen, Nancy Roberts, and Christopher DeJohn.

Finally, we thank the students and professors who have sent us letters with suggestions for improving Government By The People. We welcome your notes, calls, and e-mail concerning any errors or ways we can further improve the book. Please write us care of the Political Science Editor at Prentice Hall, 1 Lake Street, Upper Saddle River, New Jersey 07458.

James MAcGregor Burns
J.W. Peltason
Thomas E. Cronin
David B. Magleby

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