Politics in America, Texas Edition / Edition 8

Politics in America, Texas Edition / Edition 8

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Politics in America, Texas Edition / Edition 8

With a focus on competition for resources, this balanced, but provocative text uses Harold Laswell's classic definition of politics–“Who gets what, when, and how”–as a framework for presenting a clear, cohesive and stimulating introduction to the American political system.

Thomas Dye, along with new co-author Bartholomew Sparrow, has written a lively and absorbing narrative examining the struggle for power that is American politics: the participants, the stakes, the processes, and the institutions. Numerous feature boxes explore timely issues, draw cross-cultural comparisons, promote critical thinking, and provoke thoughtful opinions. The Texas Edition of this classic text includes the same coverage as the comprehensive version, but includes 7 additional chapters on Texas politics.

With the intense political conflict of the most expensive presidential campaign in American history and the hotly-contested primary campaigns that led to the national conventions in 2008, Politics in America’s theme of the constant competition for power and resources–“who gets what”–has never been more relevant.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780136027249
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Publication date: 12/29/2008
Series: MyPoliSciLab Series
Edition description: Older Edition
Pages: 976
Product dimensions: 8.80(w) x 11.00(h) x 1.60(d)

Table of Contents


1. Politics: Who Gets What, When, and How.
2. Political Culture: Ideas in Conflict.


3. The Constitution: Limiting Governmental Power.
4. Federalism: Dividing Governmental Power.


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.


10. Congress: Politics on Capitol Hill.
11. The President: White House Politics.
12. The Bureaucracy: Bureaucratic Politics.
13. Courts: Judicial Politics.


14. Politics and Personal Liberty.
15. Politics and Civil Rights.
16. Politics and the Economy.
17. Politics and Social Welfare.
18. Politics and National Security.


The Declaration of Independence.
The Federalist, No. 10, James Madison.
The Federalist, No 51, James Madison.
Presidential Voting, 1789-1996.
Party Control of Congress, 1901-2001.

Basic Version: Table of Contents follows above for Chapters 1-15 only. No separate policy chapters in this version.

Texas Edition: Table of contents follows above plus these additional chapters concerning Texas politics:
19. The Social and Economic Milieu of Texas Politics.
20. The Texas Constitution.
21. Interest Groups, Political Parties, and Elections in Texas.
22. The Texas Legislature.
23. The Texas Executive and Bureaucracy.
24. Texas Judiciary.
25. Local Government in Texas.

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