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Focusing on electoral forces, Mo Fiorina and Paul Peterson's groundbreaking text offers a stimulating, analytical approach to American government that engages students as it gives them a unique understanding of their popular influence in our system today. The accessibility of instant public opinion polls, the Internet, the ubiquitous nature of the news media, and the increasingly important role of interest groupsall of which Fiorina and Peterson use to demonstrate that America is moving toward a more popular democracyhave blurred the lines between campaigning and governing. Politicians today are constantly engaged in the campaign processa permanent campaign that has affected how our government functions in profound ways. The Third Edition of this highly respected text has been brought completely up-to-date through September 11th, the war on terrorism, and the 2002 midterm elections, and it continues to be the only text available that addresses the fundamental shift in the way American government functions.
Table of Contents
I. THE FOUNDATIONS OF A NEW AMERICAN DEMOCRACY.
1. Democracy in the United States.
2. Establishing a Constitutional Democracy.
3. Federalism: Division of Power Among National, State, and Local Governments.
4. America: Unity Amidst Diversity.
II. THE INGREDIENTS OF THE NEW AMERICAN DEMOCRACY.
5. Public Opinion.
6. Individual Participation.
7. Interest-Group Participation in American Democracy.