This brief, nuts-and-bolts introduction to American government has been a student favorite and a bestseller for over 30 years because of its lively, straight-forward approach to the basics, its brevity, and its always inexpensive price. This text uses a dynamic game metaphor to engage students in the basics of the American political system and the contact sport of politics. Beginning with a clear definition of politics, it introduces four governmental and four nongovernmental "players" who must abide by the "rules of the game" established by the Constitution and civil liberties. It ends by examining rival theories of who wins and who loses in American politics. Written to engage students, and kept short to provide a flexible foundation for instructors, The Basics of American Politics covers all the terms and topics a student will need to understand the nuts-and-bolts of American government and poltics.
Table of Contents
Preface Chapter 1 What Is Politics? Chapter 2 The Constitution: Rules of the Game Chapter 3 The Executive Branch: The Presidency and Bureaucracy Chapter 4 The Legislative Branch: Congress Chapter 5 The Judicial Branch: The Supreme Court and the Federal Court System Chapter 6 Civil Rights and Liberties: Protecting the Players Chapter 7 Voters and Political Parties Chapter 8 Interest Groups and the Media Chapter 9 Who Wins, Who Loses: Pluralism versus Elitism Appendix The Declaration of Independence The Constitution of the United States Glossary Index