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America's New Democracy

America's New Democracy - 3rd edition

ISBN13: 978-0321355232

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ISBN13: 978-0321355232
ISBN10: 0321355237
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Edition/Copyright: 3RD 06
Publisher: Longman, Inc.
Published: 2006
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America's New Democracy - 3RD 06 edition

ISBN13: 978-0321355232

Morris P. Fiorina, Paul E. Peterson and D. Stephen Voss

ISBN13: 978-0321355232
ISBN10: 0321355237
Cover type:
Edition/Copyright: 3RD 06
Publisher: Longman, Inc.

Published: 2006
International: No
Summary

The new edition of this highly affordable Penguin Academic Series book provides a lively, engaging introduction to American government that is more streamlined than ever before.

Written in a strong narrative voice and brimming with student-relevant examples, America's New Democracy provides a focused and stimulating treatment of politics in the United States. Illustrating popular influence across the political system in defense of a central theme--that elections matter more in America's political system today than they have in the past or do in other democracies--the book challenges the pessimistic view that government seldom listens to ordinary people. America's New Democracy encourages readers to see that in a system where votes are the main currency, both power and responsibility rest on the shoulders of all citizens.

Table of Contents

Part One: Foundations of America's New Democracy.

Chapter 1. Democracy in the United States.

A Unique Conception of Democracy.
Elections Are Plentiful.
The Permanent Campaign.
Evaluating America's New Democracy.
Key Terms.
Suggested Readings.
On the Web.

Chapter 2. The U.S.Constitution.

Influences on the U.S. Constitution.
The Constitutional Convention.
The First National Election.
Evaluating the Constitution.
Chapter Summary.
Key Terms.
Suggested Readings.
On the Web.

Chapter 3. Federalism.

The Trend Toward Centralized Government.
State and Local Government.
Chapter Summary.
Key Terms.
Suggested Readings.
On the Web.

Part Two: Channels of Influence in America's New Democracy.

Chapter 4. American Political Culture.

Social Diversity.
Philosophical Unity.
Why a Liberal Political Culture?
Chapter Summary.
Key Terms.
Suggested Readings.
On the Web.

Chapter 5. Public Opinion and the Media.

Sources of Public Opinion.
Measuring Public Opinion.
Governing by Public Opinion?
Media Influence on Public Opinion.
Mass Media and the Election Connection.
Chapter Summary.
Key Terms.
Suggested Readings.
On the Web.

Chapter 6. Individual Participation.

A Brief History of the Franchise in the United States.
International Comparisons of Voter Turnout.
Why Americans Vote Less Often Than in the Past.
Is Low Turnout a Problem?
Outside the Voting Booth.
Chapter Summary.
Key Terms.
Suggested Readings.
On the Web.

Chapter 7. National Elections.

Voting Behavior: The Importance of Elections.
Can Reforms Improve the System?
Chapter Summary.
Key Terms.
Suggested Readings.
On the Web.

Chapter 8. Political Parties and Interest Groups.

Political Parties: A Necessary Evil?
Parties Versus Interest Groups.
Interest Groups: A Biased Chorus?
Chapter Summary.
Key Terms.
Suggested Readings.
On the Web.

Part Three: The Institutions of America's New Democracy.

Chapter 9. The Congress.
The Organization of Congress.
How a Bill Becomes a Law.
The Congressional Career.
Chapter Summary.
Key Terms.
Suggested Readings.
On the Web.

Chapter 10. The Presidency.

The President's Growing Responsibilities.
The President's Limited Powers.
The Presidential Advisers.
The Two Presidencies.
Evaluating Presidents.
Chapter Summary.
Key Terms.
Suggested Readings.
On the Web.

Chapter 11. The Bureaucracy.

Structure of the Federal Bureaucracy.
Why the Bureaucracy Is Unresponsive.
Outside Influences on the Executive Branch.
Policy Implementation.
Chapter Summary.
Key Terms.
Suggested Readings.
On the Web.

Chapter 12. The Judiciary.

The Federal Court System.
The Power of Judicial Review.
State Courts.
Chapter Summary.
Key Terms.
Suggested Readings.
On the Web.

Part Four: Outputs from America's New Democracy.

Chapter 13. Civil Liberties.

Origins of Civil Liberties in the United States.
Selective Incorporation.
Freedom of Expression.
Freedom of Religion.
The Right to Privacy.
Criminal Justice.
Chapter Summary.
Key Terms.
Suggested Readings.
On the Web.

Chapter 14. Rights.

Civil Rights: More Than Just a Race Thing.
African Americans and the Importance of Voting Rights.
The Civil Rights of Ethnic Minorities.
Gender, Sexuality, and Civil Rights.
Rights of Americans with Disabilities.
Chapter Summary.
Key Terms.
On the Web.
Suggested Readings.

Chapter 15. Public Policy.

Setting Public Policy.
Domestic Policy.
Economic Policy.
Foreign and Defense Policy.
Chapter Summary.
Key Terms.
Suggested Readings.
On the Web.
Appendix.
The Declaration of Independence.
The Constitution of the United States of America.
The Federalist No. 10.
The Federalist No. 51.
Presidents of the United States.

Glossary.
Endnotes.
Photo Credits.
Name Index.
Subject Index.

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