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Framing its content within a resonant “politics matters” theme and emphasizing public policy throughout, this accessible text illustrates the impact that government has on the daily lives of each and every American.




Through engaging and interactive boxed features and a focus on the issues that matter to most, this practical text motivates readers to become active participants in our political system, and helps overcome public apathy toward government.
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Taking a public policy approach to government in the United States, this text book covers five main areas. These are: constitutional foundations, patterns of political behavior, political institutions, public policy outputs, and state and local government. Emphasis is given to the nature of democracy and the scope of government. Specific issues like taxation, regulations, campaign finance, and health care are also discussed. An appendix includes the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, and , tables on parties and key officials, and a glossary. An accompanying CD-ROM contains the full text of the book, as well as audio and video clips, web links, activities, practice tests, and primary sources. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780673524836
  • Publisher: Longman Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 1/1/1996
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 7

Meet the Author

George C. Edwards III is Distinguished Professor of political science at Texas A&M University.   He also holds the Jordan Chair in Presidential Studies in the Bush School, and has served as the Olin Professor of American Government at Oxford, the John Adams Fellow at the University of London, and held senior visiting appointments at Peking University, Hebrew University in Jerusalem, and the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.  He was the founder and from 1991-2001 the director of The Center for Presidential Studies. 

    When he determined that he was unlikely to become shortstop for the New York Yankees, he turned to political science. Today, he is one of the country's leading scholars of the presidency, he has authored dozens of articles and has written or edited 21 books on American politics and public policy making, including At the Margins: Presidential Leadership of Congress, Presidential Approval, Presidential Leadership, National Security and the U.S. Constitution, Implementing Public Policy, and Researching the Presidency.  He is also editor of Presidential Studies Quarterly and consulting editor of the Oxford Handbook of American Politics series.  Among his latest books, On Deaf Ears: The Limits of the Bully Pulpit is a study of the effectiveness of presidential leadership of public opinion; Why the Electoral College Is Bad for America advocates direct election of the president; and Governing by Campaigning focuses on the politics of the Bush presidency.

    Professor Edwards hasserved as president of the Presidency Research Section of the American Political Science Association and on many editorial boards. He has received the Decoration for Distinguished Civilian Service from the U.S. Army, the Pi Sigma Alpha Prize from the Southern Political Science Association, and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He has spoken to more than 200 universities and other groups in the United States and abroad, keynoted numerous national and international conferences, given hundreds of interviews with the national and international press, and can often be heard on National Public Radio. His work has been funded by grants from the National Science Foundation, the Smith-Richardson Foundation, and the Ford Foundation. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Roper Center and the Board of Trustees of the Center for the Study of the Presidency.

    Dr. Edwards also applies his scholarship to practical issues of governing, including advising Brazil on its constitution and the operation of its presidency, Russia on building a democratic national party system, Mexico on elections, and Chinese scholars on democracy; and authoring studies for the 1988 and 2000 U.S. presidential transitions.

    When not writing, speaking, or advising, he prefers to spend his time with his wife, Carmella, sailing, skiing, scuba diving, traveling, or attending art auctions.

   

Martin P. Wattenberg is professor of political science at the University of California, Irvine. His first regular paying job was with the Washington Redskins, from which he moved on to receive a Ph.D. at the University of Michigan. He is the author of Is Voting for Young People?, which is part of Longman’s “Great Questions in Politics” series.  In addition, he is the author of several books published by Harvard University Press:  Where Have All the Voters Gone? (2002), The Decline of American Political Parties (1998), and The Rise of Candidate-Centered Politics (1991).

                 Professor Wattenberg has lectured about American politics on all of the inhabited continents. His travels have led him to become interested in electoral politics around the world. He has co-edited two books published by Oxford University Press–one on party systems in the advanced industrialized world, and the other on the recent trend toward mixed-member electoral systems.

Robert L. Lineberry is professor of political science at the University of Houston and has been its senior vice president. He served from 1981 to 1988 as dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Kansas in Lawrence.

    A native of Oklahoma City, he received a B.A. degree from the University of Oklahoma in 1964 and a Ph.D. in political science from the University of North Carolina in 1968. He taught for seven years at Northwestern University.

    Dr. Lineberry has been president of the Policy Studies Section of the American Political Science Association and is currently the editor of Social Science Quarterly. He is the author or coauthor of numerous books and articles in political science. In addition, for the past 35 years he has taught regularly the introductory course in American government.

    He has been married to Nita Lineberry for 43 years. They have two children, Nikki, who works in Denver, and Keith, who works in Houston. They have six grandchildren–Lee, Hunter, Callie, Arwen, Elijah, and Eleanor.

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Table of Contents

List of Selected Features
Preface
About the Authors
1 Introducing Government in America 1
2 The Constitution 22
3 Federalism 54
4 Civil Liberties and Public Policy 77
5 Civil Rights and Public Policy 111
6 Public Opinion and Political Action 140
7 The Mass Media and the Political Agenda 166
8 Political Parties 187
9 Nominations and Campaigns 216
10 Elections and Voting Behavior 238
11 Interest Groups 257
12 Congress 284
13 The Presidency 317
14 The Congress, the President, and the Budget: The Politics of Taxing and Spending 353
15 The Federal Bureaucracy 378
16 The Federal Courts 408
17 Economic Policymaking 440
18 Social Welfare Policymaking 458
19 Policymaking for Health, Energy, and the Environment 476
20 Foreign and Defense Policymaking 498
21 The New Importance of State and Local Government 526
The Declaration of Independence 557
The Federalist No. 10 559
The Federalist No. 51 563
The Constitution of the United States of America 566
Presidents of the United States 577
Party Control of the Presidency, Senate, and House of Representatives in the Twentieth Century 580
Supreme Court Justices Serving in the Twentienth Century 581
Glossary 583
Acknowledgments 605
Index 609
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