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Overview

This comprehensive text is known for its engaging narrative and its positive presentation of the latest developments in scholarship and real-life politics. Through the use of narrative, The American Democracy weaves together theory, information, and examples in ways that highlight key points, make them easy to understand, and capture readers' interest. Part V on Texas Government and Politics includes 9 chapters that cover all aspects of the Texas political system.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780077237929
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The
  • Publication date: 11/26/2008
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 9
  • Pages: 840
  • Product dimensions: 8.70 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Thomas E. Patterson is Bradlee Professor of Government and the Press in the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He was previously distinguished professor of political science in the Maxwell School of Citizenship at Syracuse University. Raised in a small Minnesota town near the Iowa and South Dakota borders, he was educated at South Dakota State University and the University of Minnesota, where he received his Ph.D. in 1971.

Currently running the "Vanishing Voter" study at the Kennedy School of Government, which has been widely used in the media and on college campuses, Tom is also the author of six books and dozens of articles, which focus primarily on the media and elections. His book, 'Out of Order'(1994), received national attention when President Clinton said every politician and journalist should be required to read it. An earlier book, 'The Mass Media Election'(1980), received a 'Choice' award as Outstanding Academic Book, 1980-81. Another of Patterson's books, 'The Unseeing Eye'(1976), was recently selected by the American Association for Public Opinion Research as one of the fifty most influential books of the past half century in the field of public opinion.

His current research includes a study of White House communication and a study of the news media's role in Western democracies. His work has been funded by major grants from the National Science Foundation, the Markle Foundation, the Smith-Richardson Foundation, the Ford Foundation and the Pew Charitable Trusts.

Gary Halter is a Professor of Political Science at Texas A&M University in College Station. He is a native of Amarillo and Wichita Falls, Texas and his PhD is from the University of Maryland. He served as the Mayor of College Station, Texas for six years and as a council member for five years. He has worked as a consultant to many city councils in Texas and in other states on goal setting and policy making. With Harvey Tucker, is a co-author of the Texas Legislative Almanac.

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Table of Contents

Part One: Foundations

Chapter 1: American Political Culture: Seeking a More Perfect Union

Chapter 2: Constitutional Democracy: Promoting Liberty and Self-Government

Chapter 3: Federalism: Forging a Nation

Chapter 4: Civil Liberties: Protecting Individual Rights

Chapter 5: Equal Rights: Struggling Toward Fairness
Part Two: Mass Politics

Chapter 6: Public Opinion and Political Socialization: Shaping the People’s Voice

Chapter 7: Political Participation: Activating the Popular Will

Chapter 8: Political Parties, Candidates, and Campaigns: Defining the Voter’s Choice

Chapter 9: Interest Groups: Organizing Influence

Chapter 10: The News Media: Communicating Political Images
Part Three: Governing Institutions

Chapter 11: Congress: Balancing National Goals and Local Interests

Chapter 12: The Presidency: Leading the Nation

Chapter 13: The Federal Bureaucracy: Administering the Government

Chapter 14: The Federal Judicial System: Applying the Law
Part Four: Public Policy

Chapter 15: Economic and Environmental Policy: Contributing to Prosperity

Chapter 16: Welfare and Education Policy: Providing for Personal Security and Need

Chapter 17: Foreign and Defense Policy: Protecting the American Way
Part Five: Texas Government and Politics

Chapter 18: Introduction to Texas Government

Chapter 19: The State Constitution

Chapter 20: Participation and Interest Groups in Texas Politics

Chapter 21: Political Parties and Elections in Texas

Chapter 22: The Texas Legislature

Chapter 23: The Office of the Governor and State Agencies in Texas

Chapter 24: The Court System in Texas

Chapter 25: Local Governments in Texas

Chapter 26: Public Policy in Texas



Appendixes

Glossary

Notes

Credits

Index
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