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For courses in American Government.
With a focus on conflict and the struggle for power and a powerful supplements package, this textbook ignites students' interest in American politics.
This balanced and exceedingly readable text uses Harold Laswell's classic definition of politics–“Who gets what, when, and how”–as a framework for presenting a clear, concise, and stimulating introduction to the American political system. Updated with discussions of recent events in our country, well-known political scientist Tom Dye has written a lively and absorbing narrative examining the struggle for power: the participants, the stakes, the processes, and the institutional arenas. An abundance of feature boxes explore timely issues and opinions, draw cross-cultural comparisons, and introduce important people.
1. Politics: Who Gets What, When, and How.
2. Political Culture: Ideas in Conflict.
3. The Constitution: Limiting Governmental Power.
4. Federalism: Dividing Governmental Power.
5. Opinion and Participation: Thinking and Acting in Politics.
6. Mass Media: Setting the Political Agenda.
7. Political Parties: Organizing Politics.
8. Campaigns and Elections: Deciding Who Governs.
9. Interest Groups: Getting Their Share and More.
10. Congress: Politics on Capitol Hill.
11. The President: White House Politics.
12. The Bureaucracy: Bureaucratic Politics.
13. Courts: Judicial Politics.
14. Politics and Personal Liberty.
15. Politics and Civil Rights.
16. Politics and the Economy.
17. Politics and Social Welfare.
18. Politics and National Security.
VI. CALIFORNIA POLITICS
19. California Government and Politics in a Historical Perspective
20. Democracy CA Style
21. The CA State Legislature
22. The CA Executive and Bureaucracy
23. The CA Judiciary
24. Local Government in California
25. California Fiscal Policy