Politics in Action: Cases from the Frontlines of American Government / Edition 1

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This unique, engaging reader presents 13 case studies each presenting a familiar event in modern political history. The event is dissected to create a snapshot of the relative institutions, policymakers, and groups that influenced its development. Factors under consideration include individual political personalities, public opinion on national policy, the role of the media, and the impact of lobbyists. Politics in Action encourages students to take a critical approach to contemporary events and consider the impact of politics on everyday life.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780618474165
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 6/27/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents

1. The Meal Deal: The Dinner Table Bargain of 1790 Guess Who's Coming to Dinner Background to the Compromise Finding the Way to the Capital The Compromise of 1790 Implementing the Bargain After Dinner 2. Federalism in Education: No Child Left Behind A Primer on Federalism and Education Implementing Federalism: No Child Left Behind North to Alaska: No Child Left Behind Comes to Kodiak Conclusion: Education, Coherence and Federalism 3. Affirmative Action at the University of Michigan Making the Case Affirmative Action: The Debate Legal Principles at Michigan The Supreme Court Listens The Court Decides Reaction and Impact To the Future 4. Freedom of Speech and Campus Speech Codes Universities and Speech Restraining Speech and Speech Codes Baking Brownies and Freeing Speech Universities and Talking 5. Abortion and Public Opinion The Stability of Public Opinion on Abortion The Historic Change in Public Opinion Government, Groups, and Public Opinion Abortion Opponents Conclusion 6. Redistricting Reelection: A Campaign Manager's View The Redistricting Racket Fill 'er Up Getting Staffed Calls, Contacts, and the Candidate Consultants and Mail The Opposition and Election Day 7. Parties and Technology: From Voter Targeting to Internet Blogs Rocky Mountain Targeting Merging and Purging Republican Outreach Blogs, Governor Dean, and the 2004 Election Climbing Aboard the e-Team The Internet's Future In Conclusion: The Partisan Politics of Technology 8. Harry & Louise vs. Bill & Hillary: An Interest Group Goes Public Health Security: Alive on Arrival Opponents of Reform Go Public The White House Campaign Stumbles The Battle Joined, and Broadcast Post-Operative Postscripts 9. A Perfect Storm: The Lewinsky Scandal A Charged Atmosphere Media Feeding Frenzy White House News Management: Shelter from the Storm The Public Holds Their Nose and Applauds Their President—No Mean Trick Toward Impeachment The News of the Scandal, The Scandal of the News 10. Networking Congress: Passing Pension Reform Saving for Retirement: Its History and Reform The Early Rounds of Retirement Reform Senate Grassroots Several Days in May Behind the Scenes with the Senate Staff Conclusions 11. 9/11: Presidential Power in Crisis The First Hours A President's Public Response Planning for Attack Congress Salutes The Press and the Public Rally Limits of Bipartisanship A Call to Arms 12. Columbia and the Challenger Disasters: Groupthink in a Bureaucracy The Columbia Crash, February 1, 2003 Columbia: Foam Oversight Columbia: Following the Launch Challenger: January 28, 1986 Conclusion Postscript 13. Watergate, U.S. v. Nixon, and the U.S. Supreme Court A "Third-Rate Burglary" The Cover-up Unravels The Other Branches Check and Balance The Issues Before the Court The Burger Court Waits for the Case The Law and Politics of a Unanimous Decision Conclusion

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