Politics in America, Alternate Edition / Edition 9

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Overview

Updated in a new 9th edition, Politics in America provides straightforward, descriptive coverage of American politics and government. Using the Harold Lasswell definition of politics Tom Dye employs this classic, and still resonant, interpretation as the lens through which he examines the foundations, institutions, behaviors, and policies of the American political system.

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Politics in America is unbiased in its approach yet is capable of provoking discussion as it brings out both sides of student opinion.”–Joseph Mancos, Lenoir-Rhyne University

“Dye and Gaddie address my need for in-depth coverage of the subject while bending over backward to be user-friendly. Their use of chapter summaries and key words are most helpful to students unfamiliar with, and sometimes disinterested in, the topic.”–Mary Carr, Arapahoe Community College

“A visually appealing, well-written introductory text that emphasizes the who, what, and how of politics.”–Will Miller, Southeast Missouri State University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205826254
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Publication date: 1/7/2011
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 9
  • Pages: 640
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.70 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Thomas R. Dye, Emeritus McKenzie Professor of Government at Florida State University, regularly taught large introductory classes in American politics and has served as president of the Southern Political Science Association, president of the Policy Studies Organization, and secretary of the American Political Science Association. He has taught at the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Wisconsin, and the University of Georgia, and served as a visiting scholar at Bar-Ilan University, Israel; the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C.; and elsewhere.

Ronald Keith Gaddie is Professor of Political Science at the University of Oklahoma, where he regularly teaches the American Federal Government course. He is former president of the Southwestern Political Science Association; he has also been retained by corporations, trade associations, state and local governments and by plaintiffs and defendants in election law and voting rights litigation. Keith is also an award-winning radio broadcaster at NPR radio station KGOU (Norman, OK).

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Table of Contents

I. POLITICS

1. Politics: Who Gets What, When, and How

2. Political Culture: Ideas in Conflict

II. CONSTITUTION

3. The Constitution: Limiting Governmental Power

4. Federalism: Dividing Governmental Power

III. PARTICIPANTS

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

IV. INSTITUTIONS.

10. Congress: Politics on Capitol Hill

11. The President: White House Politics

12. The Bureaucracy: Bureaucratic Politics

13. Courts: Judicial Politics

V. OUTCOMES.

14. Politics and Personal Liberty

15. Politics and Civil Rights

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