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American Government Brief Edition

by James Q. Wilson

  • ISBN: 9780618427789
  • ISBN10: 0618427783

American Government Brief Edition

by James Q. Wilson

  • List Price: $161.95
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Edition: 7
  • Publisher: Cengage
  • Publish date: 12/15/2004
  • ISBN: 9780618427789
  • ISBN10: 0618427783
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Description: Note: Each chapter (except 1 and 14) open with Enduring Questions and conclude with a Summary, Reconsidering the Enduring Questions, World Wide Web exercises, and Suggested Readings.1. What Should We Know About American Government?The Meanings of DemocracyRepresentative DemocracyThe Puzzles of American Government2. The ConstitutionThe Problem of LibertyHuman NatureThe Real RevolutionThe Articles of ConfederationThe Constitutional ConventionThe Lessons of ExperienceThe FramersThe ChallengeLarge States Versus Small StatesThe CompromiseThe Constitution and DemocracyTwo Key Principles: Separation of Powers and FederalismGovernment and Human NatureThe Constitution and LibertyThe Constitution and SlaveryPolitical Ideals or Economic Interests?Liberty and EqualityA Recipe for Moderation3. Civil Liberties and Civil RightsMaking Constitutional Rights Apply to the StatesWhy Are Americans So Preoccupied with Rights?Freedom of ExpressionChurch and StateCrime and Due ProcessTerrorism and Civil LibertiesEqual Protection of the Laws4. FederalismGovernmental StructureFederalism: Good or Bad?The FoundingThe History of FederalismThe Division of Powers: Federal and StateFiscal FederalismFederal Aid and Federal ControlFederalism and Public PolicyEvaluating Federalism5. Public Opinion and the MediaWhat Is Public Opinion?Why Do We Distrust the Federal Government?The Origins of Political AttitudesCleavages in Public OpinionPolitical IdeologyThe Impact of the MediaThe Structure of the MediaRules Governing the MediaGovernment and the NewsInterpreting Political NewsAre News Stories Slanted?6. Political Parties and Interest GroupsParties--Here and AbroadThe National Party Structure TodayState and Local PartiesThe Two-Party SystemNominating a PresidentDo the Parties Differ?Interest GroupsKinds of OrganizationFunds for Interest GroupsThe Problem of BiasThe Activities of Interest GroupsRegulating Interest Groups7. Campaigns and ElectionsPolitical ParticipationHistorical Voting PatternsExplaining--and Improving--TurnoutPolitical CampaignsThe Effects of CampaignsHow to Win the ElectionElection OutcomesModern Technology and Political CampaignsElections and MoneyThe Effects of Elections on Policy8. CongressThe Evolution of CongressWho Is in Congress?Getting Elected to CongressThe Organization of Congress: Parties and InterestsThe Organization of Congress: CommitteesThe Organization of Congress: Staffs and Specialized OfficesHow a Bill Becomes a LawHow Members of Congress VoteA Polarized Congress in an Unpolarized NationWhat It All MeansEthics and CongressThe Power of Congress9. The PresidencyThe Powers of the PresidentThe Evolution of the PresidencyThe Modern PresidencyWho Gets AppointedPresidential CharacterThe Power to Say NoThe President's ProgramPresidential TransitionsThe President and Public Policy10. The BureaucracyDistinctiveness of the American BureaucracyThe Growth of the BureaucracyThe Federal Bureaucracy TodayCongressional OversightBureaucratic "PathologiesReinventing Government11. The JudiciaryThe Development of the Federal CourtsThe Structure of the Federal CourtsThe Jurisdiction of the Federal CourtsGetting to CourtThe Supreme Court in ActionThe Power of the CourtsChecks on Judicial Power12. Making Domestic PolicyThe EconomyTaxesSpendingSubsidiesRegulationsMaking Policy DecisionsWhat These Political Differences Mean13. Making Foreign and Military PolicyKinds of Foreign PolicyThe Constitutional FrameworkThe New International WorldThree Major ProblemsThe Politics of Foreign and Military Policy14. American Government: Continuity and ChangeRestraints on GrowthRelaxing the RestraintsHow the American System Affects Policymaking
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