With an even stronger focus on the U.S. Constitution in the post 9/11 world, the Seventeeth Edition of this best-selling reader in American government puts students directly in touch with the great authors and political leaders who have shaped--and are shaping--American government.
The bestselling reader for over 40 years, this anthology continues to provide a strong, balanced blend of classic selections that illustrate and amplify important concepts in American government, along with extremely current readings and cases drawn from today's literature.
- This book has been developed to serve as either an ancillary or a core textbook. To that end, extensive notes are included that prepare, connect, and comment on the selections, presenting a more coherent narrative than in other readers.
- An in-depth but accessible analysis by the author precedes each set of readings/cases to create context, prime the students for key points they'll encouter, and foster critical thinking.
- A comprehensive set of PowerPoint presentations and an extensive instructor's manual accompanies the text.
- The core readings of the text illustrate the historical foundations of American government, and provide students with a sense of our political heritage. Key concepts and topics covered include:
- John Locke's theory of government by consent
- Madison's constitutional model of balance and deliberative government in the national interest
- Hamilton's model of strong presidential government
- The Supreme Court's role in constitutional interpretation, government, and politics
- The Bill of Rights and the Supreme Court's interpretation of it
- The constitutional and political basis of our federal system, highlighted by contemporary developments
- The importance of Federalist 10 and Madison's view of factions and special interests
- The party model of government and the role of parties in the political process
- How special interests shape our governmental process and policies
- The characteristics of the presidency and contrasting theories of presidential power
- Edmund Burke's Speech to the Electors of Bristol on the proper role of elected representatives
- The theories of David Mayhew, Richard Fenno, Morris Fiorina, Lawrence Dodd, and Nelson Polsby on Congress
- How Supreme Court Justices think as they write their opinions, citing examples from William H. Rehnquist, Sandra Day O'Connor, and Antonin Scalia in the privacy area.