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American Government : Conflict, Compromise, And Citizenship - Christopher J. Bosso

American Government

Conflict, Compromise, And Citizenship

Paperback Published: 1st January 2000
ISBN: 9780813368719
Number Of Pages: 591

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Woven through this text is the unifying theme that American politics represents "conflict and compromise," in direct opposition to the increasingly commonly held view that all politics are dirty and all politicians are crooks. By presenting a balance of essential factual content with a broad assessment of system dynamics and their policy effects, the authors provide an accessible yet sophisticated overview of American politics.Features: Coherent theme of "conflict versus compromise" in the American political system Consistent examination of American history for institutional development Emphasis on the positive role of citizenship in shaping good government Each chapter is accompanied by primary source readings Concise 12 chapter format Our computerized test bank is available for PC based Windows operating systems. Over 1000 test items (including multiple choice, true-false, short answer and essay questions) are offered via the ESATEST 2000 system. This system includes numerous options for creating and editing tests, options for creating multiple versions of a single test, and allows professors to administer tests via LAN or Web-based testing centers. A simple, user-friendly interface, along with animated program guides add to the program's ease of use.

List of Tables and Illustrationsp. viii
Preface with Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
American Politics: Transforming Conflict into Compromisep. 1
Everyday Politicsp. 4
The Nature of Politicsp. 7
The Context of American Politicsp. 11
The American Political Culturep. 22
On Being "American,"p. 29
The Constitution as a Political Documentp. 41
The Centrality of the Constitutionp. 43
A Political Documentp. 44
The Long Road to the Constitutionp. 45
Creating the Constitutionp. 55
Core Elements of the Constitutionp. 64
Federalism: One Nation, Many Governmentsp. 86
The Nature of Federalismp. 88
Federal Powers and Responsibilitiesp. 95
Powers and Responsibilities of the Statesp. 103
The Struggle over Federalismp. 108
An Evolving Partnershipp. 113
Benefits and Costs of Federalismp. 117
Civil Rights and Libertiesp. 133
The Bill of Rightsp. 135
Civil Liberties: Keeping Government at Bayp. 154
Public Values, Public Opinion, and Mass Mediap. 181
The Power of Public Valuesp. 183
The Role of Ideologyp. 186
Liberals and Conservativesp. 188
Political Socializationp. 198
Public Opinionp. 201
Mass Media and the Pictures in Our Headsp. 209
The Role of Mass Mediap. 211
Political Parties and Electionsp. 230
The Importance of Electionsp. 231
Purposes of Electionsp. 233
The Election Systemp. 234
Who Can Votep. 245
Who Votes, Who Doesn'tp. 248
Political Partiesp. 252
The Enduring Two-Party Systemp. 257
Elections, Public Opinion, and Public Policyp. 261
Interest Groups, Conflict, and Powerp. 278
Two Views of Interest Groupsp. 280
Interest Groups in American Societyp. 282
What Interest Groups Dop. 288
Recruiting and Mobilizing Membersp. 291
Public versus Private Interest Groupsp. 296
Interest Groups and Policymakingp. 303
Interest Groups and Moneyp. 308
Congressp. 325
The Many Roles of Congressp. 327
Representation: Becoming a Memberp. 331
Organizing Congressp. 346
Congress and Lawmakingp. 356
The Presidencyp. 373
The Symbolic Presidencyp. 375
The Nature of Presidential Authorityp. 380
Presidential Leadershipp. 396
The President and the Publicp. 408
The Federal Bureaucracyp. 419
The Bureaucracy in American Politicsp. 422
Defining Bureaucracyp. 426
Major Units of the Federal Bureaucracyp. 432
Functions of the Bureaucracyp. 434
Working in the Bureaucracyp. 441
Working with Other Branches of Governmentp. 444
The Changing Bureaucracyp. 451
The Judiciaryp. 465
The Functions of a Judicial Systemp. 467
The Structure of the Judiciaryp. 469
The U.S. Supreme Court as a Legal and Political Institutionp. 475
The Selection of Judgesp. 483
The Rise of Judicial Reviewp. 485
Judging Law versus Making Lawp. 488
Challenges for American Democracyp. 507
What Would You Do?p. 509
Three Questions for the New Centuryp. 516
The Health of Democracyp. 523
Appendixp. 539
The Declaration of Independencep. 540
The Constitutionp. 543
Indexp. 561
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ISBN: 9780813368719
ISBN-10: 0813368715
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 591
Published: 1st January 2000
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 25.4 x 17.78  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 1.0
Edition Number: 1