Updated in a new 13th edition, this book is organized around a "concise and contemporary" approach that provides an overview of the American Political system and its institutions by using the constitution as its backdrop. Free of ideological and political bias, this book is structured to engage the reader in a concise and stimulating way. Covering the framework of government, its institutions, the rights of the individual, and public policy, this updated edition contains both the the 2008 historic campaign and President Obama's first year in office.
Table of Contents
I. THE FRAMEWORK OF GOVERNMENT 1. Politics, Democracy, and the American People 2. From Colonialism to Constitutionalism - The Constitution of the United States of America (Annotated). - Amendments to the Constitution (Annotated). 3. The Federal System II. POLITICS AND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE 4. Public Opinion and the Mass Media 5. Political Parties and Interest Groups 6. Nominations and Elections III. THE INSTITUTIONS OF GOVERNMENT 7. Congress 8. The Chief Executive 9. The Federal Bureaucracy 10. The Judiciary IV. THE RIGHTS OF THE INDIVIDUAL 11. Civil Liberties 12. Civil Rights V. PUBLIC POLICY 13. Public Policy--What Government Does 14. Foreign Policy APPENDICES Appendix A: The Declaration of Independence Appendix B: The Articles of Confederation. Appendix C: The Antifederalists. Appendix D: The Federalist. Appendix E: Presidents and Vice Presidents of the United States. Glossary. Index.