Updated to reflect the current political landscape, this book is organized around a "participation" approach and provides an innovative content style and interactive assessment. It is designed to get readers to participate in their learning and in all aspects of American politics. Covering the foundations and institutions of the American Government, readers are prompted to draw connections between government topics and current events while finding a role for themselves in politics and government. This update includes coverage of the seismic changes that have taken place across our political landscape since the second edition published and Barack Obama took office.
Table of Contents
Part One: Foundations of American Government 1 American Government: Democracy in Action 2 Early Governance and the Constitutional Framework Part Two: The Institutions of American Government 3 Federalism 4 The Judiciary 5 Civil Liberties 6 Civil Rights 7 Congress 8 The Presidency 9 Bureaucracy Part Three: The American Public and the Democratic Process 10 Political Socialization and Public Opinion 11 The Politics of the Media 12 Civic and Political Engagement 13 Interest Groups 14 Elections and Political Participation in America 15 Political Parties Part Four: Public Policy 16 Public Policy in the United States 17 Making Economic Policy 18 Foreign and National Security Policy Appendices 1 Declaration of Independence of the Thirteen Colonies (annotated) 2 The Constitution of the United States (annotated) 3 The Federalist, No. 10, James Madison 4 The Federalist, No. 51, James Madison 5 The Gettysburg Address, Abraham Lincoln 6 I Have a Dream, Martin Luther King 7 Presidents and Congresses 8 Supreme Court Justices 9 Visual Pathways: Timelines