A study and reader accompany the text, providing for the professor. Accompanying Reader - Fourth Edition American Government and Politics in the New Millennium is a comprehensive study of the structure of government and politics in the United States. With the latest developments in learning science and technology, we identify and address your needs with resources you can trust. This edition features the results of the 2008 elections, and discussion of some of the hottest political issues of the day, such as immigration reform and the challenge posed by nuclear programs in Iran and North Korea. Due diligence of given by the authors to be as even-handed as possible in their evaluations.
Public policy is emphasized throughout to show students the impact that government has on their lives. Chapter 3 includes a more comprehensive explanation of No Child Left Behind, and the Global Perspectives essay has been updated to focus on education policy. Table of Contents Introduction Government, Politics, and the Policymaking Process The Importance of Government Government and Politics The Public Policy Approach Chapter 1 A Changing America in a Changing World Political Culture The International Environment The Demographic Environment The Economic Environment Conclusion: The Cultural, International, and Socioeconomic Context for Policymaking Chapter 2 The American Constitution The Background of the Constitution Constitutional Principles The Living Constitution The Constitution, Politics, and Public Policy Conclusion: The Constitutional Environment for Policymaking Chapter 3 The Federal System The Constitutional Basis of Federalism Federal Grant Programs Conclusion: Federalism and Public Policy Chapter 4 Public Opinion Political Socialization Measuring Public Opinion Political Knowledge Support for Democratic Principles Political Trust and Political Legitimacy Political Efficacy Political Philosophy Conclusion: Public Opinion and Public Policy Chapter 5 Political Participation Forms of Participation Explaining Participation Patterns of Participation Nonvoters Trends in Voter Turnout Participation Rates in Comparative Perspective Increasing Voter Turnout Participation Bias Conclusion: Political Participation and Public Policy Chapter 6 The Media The Media Landscape Government Regulation of the News Media Covering the News Media Biases Conclusion: The Media and Public Policy Chapter 7 Interest Groups Why People Join Groups Types of Interest Groups Interest Group Tactics The Strength of Interest Groups Conclusion: Interest Groups and Public Policy Chapter 8 Political Parties The Party System Party Organization Political Cycles and Party Realignment Party Identification: Democrats, Republicans, and Independents Voting Patterns Issue Orientation Divided Government Conclusion: Political Parties and Public Policy Chapter 9 Elections Types of Elections Election Districts and Redistricting Election Campaigns Congressional Elections Presidential Elections The Voters Decide Conclusion: Elections and Public Policy Chapter 10 Congress Bicameralism Membership Organization The Legislative Process Conclusion: Congress and Public Policy Chapter 11 The Presidency The Constitutional Presidency Presidential Powers Two Presidencies Thesis The Development of the Modern Presidency The Organization of the Presidency Theories of Presidential Leadership Presidential Popularity The Presidency in Context Conclusion: The Presidency and Public Policy Chapter 12 The Federal Bureaucracy Organization of the Bureaucracy Personnel Rulemaking Politics and Administration Subgovernments and Issue Networks Conclusion: The Federal Bureaucracy and Public Policy Chapter 13 The Federal Courts Judicial Policymaking Political History of the Supreme Court The Federal Court System Power, Politics, and the Courts Conclusion: The Courts and Public Policy Chapter 14 Economic Policymaking The Goals of Economic Policy Tax Revenues Budget Deficits and Surpluses Government Expenditures Fiscal Policymaking Monetary Policymaking Conclusion: Economic Policymaking Chapter 15 Civil Liberties Policymaking The Constitutional Basis of Civil Liberties Policymaking Civil Liberties Issues and Policies Conclusion: Civil Liberties Policymaking Chapter 16 Civil Rights Policymaking The Constitutional Basis of Civil Rights Policymaking Civil Rights Issues and Policies Conclusion: Civil Rights Policymaking Chapter 17 Foreign and Defense Policymaking The International Community The Ends and Means of American Foreign and Defense Policy The History of American Foreign Policy Foreign Policy Defense Policy Conclusion: Foreign and Defense Policymaking. A new case study on the controversy over global warming illustrates some of the details of agenda setting. The user-friendly text presents students with enormous challenges facing our society, stressing concerns of minorities, women, and common people.
Chapter 5 discusses the historic voter turnout in the 2008 presidential election, focusing on younger adults who provided the margin of victory for Barack Obama, and Chapter 6 looks at the political impact of new communications media such as YouTube and blogs. . Description Known for its extremely student-friendly, jargon-free style, the new edition of American Government: Policy and Politics introduces the essentials of American government in a way that any student can understand. As a Longman Study Edition, this text includes a battery of chapter tests for student study and practice. Chapter 13 looks at the likely opportunity President Obama will have to affect the philosophical balance on the Supreme Court. The text also offers an abundance of debate-style boxes and active learning exercises to involve and engage students in the course material and encourage them to become participants in their government. Designed to work as projects the instructor assigns or students perform on their own, the activities ask the students to interview elected officials, examine recorded public policies, volunteer at a local nonprofit agency, and much more.
This feature not only helps students to appreciate the distinctiveness of our system, but it also helps them to increase their cross-cultural understanding and knowledge of the world. Catch up on the commonly tested names and theories with these flashcards. . . .
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