How Your Government Really Works: A Topical Encyclopedia of the Federal Government

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Overview

The U.S. government is an ever-more-complex system that few American citizens comprehend in any detail. Even some of its most basic operations, seemingly clear in concept, are in reality intricate and obscure. Although textbooks explain how the government is supposed to work in theory, they don't reveal how it actually works in practice. This book offers a concise and objective explanation of government operations, mapping the federal government's branches, departments, agencies, corporations, and quasi-official bodies—and the bureaucracies that support them. The authors effectively bridge the gap between the government's ideal, balanced structure, laid out in the Constitution, and its actual institutionalized form today, making this a superb resource for students and citizens at large.

Coverage of the government's inner workings includes such subjects as executive-branch appointments, domestic and foreign policy development and execution, the federal budget, the legislative process, the Congressional committee system, the drawing of Congressional districts, the levels of the federal judiciary, aides in all three branches, and the various government offices and oversight agencies.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313347610
  • Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/30/2008
  • Pages: 335
  • Sales rank: 989,612
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

GLENN L. STARKS has more than 15 years of experience in government procurement, most recently in his current position as Strategic Material Sourcing Program Manager, Defense Logistics Agency, and prior to that as Chief of Planning and Requirements, Defense Supply Center Richmond. He has written extensively on public administration and American politics and holds a doctorate in Public Policy and Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University's L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs.

F. ERIK BROOKS teaches at Georgia Southern University, where he currently holds appointments in the Political Science Department and the Center for Africana Studies. He has also served as director of Georgia Southern's Master of Public Administration program. He holds a doctorate in Public Policy and Administration from the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements

Preface

Alphabetical List of Entries

Charts, Figures, Graphs, Photographs, and Tables

Introduction

Chapter 1: How the United States Government Began

Chapter 2: Structure of the United States Government Today

Chapter 3: Federal Government Employees

Chapter 4: Federal Elections

Chapter 5: The Legislative Process

Chapter 6: The Executive Process

Chapter 7: The Judicial Process

Chapter 8: United States Foreign Policy

Chapter 9: United States Domestic Policy

Chapter 10: The United States Federal Budget

Appendixes

Bibliography

About the Authors

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