Government by the People: Basic

Government by the People: Basic

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Government by the People: Basic by James MacGregor Burns, Thomas E. Cronin, Jack W. Peltason

B> This highly-acclaimed, brief survey of the workings and issues of the American political system--and the constitutional and political values that shape American politics and policies--focuses on the people that have made this country what it is today, and covers up-to-the-minute developments on the national, international, and local scenes. Features a dramatic 4-color design--with many state-of-the-art graphics, exciting photos, and witty cartoons, and intriguing and thought-provoking boxed material: People Debates boxes with challenging arguments on significant political topics; A Closer Look with background information on timely key issues; You Decide question-and-answer boxes with a problem in context; and We the People boxes that reflect the concerns and experiences of minorities in relation to the American government. Constitutional Democracy The Constitution of the United States. American Federalism. First Amendment Rights. Equal Justice Under the Law. Political Culture and Ideology. The American Political Landscape. Political Parties and Interest Groups. Public Opinion and Elections. The Media and American Politics. Congress: The People's Branch. The Presidency: The Leadership Branch? The Judiciary: The Balancing Branch. The Bureaucracy: The Real Power? Domestic Policy. Foreign and Defense Policy. For anyone who wants a solid, but brief introduction to the workings and issues of American government.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780133616019
Publisher: Prentice Hall Professional Technical Reference
Publication date: 01/01/1987
Pages: 512
Age Range: 15 - 17 Years

Table of Contents

I. CONSTITUTIONAL PRINCIPLES.

1. Constitutional Democracy
The Constitution of the United States.
2. American Federalism.

II. RIGHTS AND LIBERTIES.

3. First Amendment Rights.
4. Equal Justice under the Law.

III. THE POLITICAL PROCESS.

5. Political Culture and Ideology.
6. The American Political Landscape.
7. Political Parties and Interest Groups.
8. Public Opinion, Voting, and Elections.
9. The Media and American Politics.

IV. POLICY-MAKING INSTITUTIONS.

10. Congress: The People's Branch.
11. The Presidency: The Leadership Branch.
12. The Judiciary: The Balancing Branch.
13. The Bureaucracy: The Real Power?

V. THE POLITICS OF NATIONAL POLICY.

14. Making Economic and Social Policy.
15. Making Foreign and Defense Policy.
APPENDIX.
The Declaration of Independence.
The Federalist, No. 10.
The Federalist, No. 51.
The Federalist, No. 78.
Presidential Election Results.
Glossary.
Notes.
Photo Credits.
Index.

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