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Overview

This reader encourages critical thinking by adopting a point-counterpoint approach. In each chapter, two readings present opposing perspectives on contemporary political issues, such as the response to terrorism, the ban on soft money, and reform of the Social Security System. Each chapter includes an introductory headnote and discussion questions to help guide students.

Author Biography: David T. Canon is professor of political science at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. His teaching and research interests are in American political institutions, especially Congress. John J. Coleman is professor of political science at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. His teaching and research interests are in the evolution of the American state and the relationship between changes in the political economy of the United States and its party structure. Kenneth R. Mayer is professor of political science at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. His teaching and research interests focus on American political institutions, especially Congress, the Presidency, and defense policy.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393978483
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/1/2002
  • Edition number: 7
  • Pages: 210

Table of Contents

Preface
1 Freedom and Power: An Introduction to the Problem 3
2 Constructing a Government: The Founding and the Constitution 27
3 The Constitutional Framework: Federalism and the Separation of Powers 63
4 The Constitutional Framework and the Individual: Civil Liberties and Civil Rights 109
5 Congress: The First Branch 159
6 The President: From Chief Clerk to Chief Executive 215
7 The Executive Branch: Bureaucracy in a Democracy 273
8 The Federal Courts: Least Dangerous Branch or Imperial Judiciary? 321
9 Public Opinion 371
10 Elections 415
11 Political Parties 469
12 Groups and Interests 515
13 The Media 555
14 Government and the Economy: An Introduction to Public Policy 591
15 Government and Society 631
16 Foreign Policy and Democracy 677
17 Can the Government Govern? 723
The Declaration of Independence
The Articles of Confederation
The Constitution of the United States of America
Amendments to the Constitution
Federalist Papers, Nos. 10, 51
Glossary of Terms
Glossary of Court Cases
Acknowledgments
Index
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