The American Democracy / Edition 9

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Overview

In the two years that have passed since the second edition of The American Democracy,our nation has witnessed a tremendous amount of conflict both at home and abroad. This Election Edition contains coverage of the 1996 campaigns,conventions,and elections. Today's college students are not only reading history - they're watching it happen,and certainly no academic discipline is changing faster than political science. The American Democracy is a text that helps students keep pace with those changes by challenging them to think about how today's issues affect the institutions and processes of government in the United States. The text is thoroughly updated to include the latest scholarship and the most recent political developments including the 1994 elections,the Republican-Controlled Congress,the new federalism,welfare reform measures,the immigration controversy,the National Performance Review and other effects to "downsize" governmental administration,regulatory policy reform,GATT,and the changes in Haiti,Bosnia,Somalia,the UN,the Republican Contract with America,the Oklahoma City Bombing,and NATO.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780073403878
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies,Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/26/2008
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 9
  • Pages: 624
  • Product dimensions: 8.70 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 1.10 (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.

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Table of Contents

Preface for the Instructor
Preface for the Student: A Guided Tour of The American Democracy
Acknowledgments
Ch. 1 The American Heritage: Seeking a More Perfect Union 3
Ch. 2 Federal Government: Forging a Nation 29
Ch. 3 Constitutional Democracy: Promoting Liberty and Self-Government 57
Ch. 4 Civil Liberties 83
Ch. 5 Equal Rights: Struggling Toward Fairness 111
Ch. 6 Public Opinion and Political Socialization: Shaping the People's Voice 147
Ch. 7 Political Participation and Voting: Expressing the Popular Will 177
Ch. 8 Elections and the Two-Party System: Defining the Voters' Choice 207
Ch. 9 Political Parties: Contesting Elections 235
Ch. 10 Interest Groups: Organizing for Influence 259
Ch. 11 The News Media: Communicating Political Images 293
Ch. 12 Congressional Election and Organization: Sharing the Power 323
Ch. 13 Congressional Policymaking: Balancing National Goals and Local Interests 351
Ch. 14 Presidential Office and Election: Leading the Nation 377
Ch. 15 Presidential Policymaking: Eliciting Support 410
Ch. 16 The Federal Bureaucracy: Administering the Government 433
Ch. 17 The Federal Judicial System: Applying the Law 466
Ch. 18 Economic Policy: Contributing to Prosperity 499
Ch. 19 Social Welfare Policy: Providing for Personal Security and Need 529
Ch. 20 Foreign and Defense Policy: Protecting the American Way 557
Ch. 21 Conclusion: Renewing American Ideals 589
Appendixes A-1
Notes A-35
Indexes I-1
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