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With an emphasis on elections and their importance in the American political system, this groundbreaking offers a stimulating, analytical approach to American government and a unique perspective on contemporary politics. Noted scholars and teachers all, the authors propose in their text that politicians today are perpetually engaged in the election process-a "permanent campaign"-which has profoundly affected how our government functions today. The proliferation of public opinion polls, the growing influence of the Internet, the ubiquitous nature of the news media, and the increasingly important role of interest groupsall demonstrate that America is moving toward a more popular democracy and have blurred the lines between politicians campaigning and governing. The sixth edition of this prestigious text will have been brought completely up-to-date through the end of the George W. Bush administration and 2008 Presidential Election, by its publication.
Table of Contents
The Foundations of a New American Democracy
Democracy in the United States
Establishing a Constitutional Democracy
Federalism: Division of Power Among National, State, and Local Governments
American Political Culture
The Ingredients of the New American Democracy
Interest-Group Participation in American Democracy
Campaigns And Elections
Electing the President
Choosing the Congress
The Congress and Its Work
The Presidency: Powers and Practice
Civil Liberties And Civil Rights
Foreign and Defense Policy
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 of America
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