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For courses in American Government. With a focus on conflict and the struggle for power, this textbook ignites students'interest in American politics. This balanced and exceedingly readable text uses Harold Laswell's classic definition of politics-"Who gets what, when, and how"-as a framework for presenting a clear, concise, and stimulating introduction to the American political system. Updated with discussions of recent events in our country, well-known political scientist Tom Dye has written a lively and absorbing narrative examining the struggle for power: the participants, the stakes, the processes, and the institutional arenas. An abundance of feature boxes explore timely issues and opinions, draw cross-cultural comparisons, and introduce important people.
Table of Contents
Politics: Who Gets What, When, and How
Political Culture: Ideas in Conflict
The Constitution: Limiting Governmental Power
Federalism: Dividing Governmental Power
Opinion and Participation: Thinking and Acting in Politics
Mass Media: Setting the Political Agenda
Political Parties: Organizing Politics
Campaigns and Elections: Deciding Who Governs
Interest Groups: Getting Their Share and More
Congress: Politics on Capitol Hill
The President: White House Politics
The Bureaucracy: Bureaucratic Politics
Courts: Judicial Politics
Politics and Personal Liberty
Politics and Civil Rights
Politics and the Economy
Politics and Social Welfare
Politics and National Security
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