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This critical thinking approach to American government challenges students to evaluate the quality of democracy in America today within a unique framework that offers a holistic view of our system. This unique text challenges students to think critically about American government and politics through the use of two compelling organizational themes. The first theme, "Using the Democracy Standard," asks students to evaluate the health and vitality of American democracy today against a democratic ideal that is carefully defined in the first chapter, and revisited at the beginning and end of each subsequent chapter. The text's second theme, "Using the Framework," offers students a tool for examining the political process at a variety of levelsfrom structural factors to political linkages, government institutions, and government policiesto help them consider how the interactions of these factors affect what government does (or doesnrs"t) do. Both themes are revisited in each chapter, as well as woven throughout the narrative, and highlighted in new marginal critical thinking questions that challenge students to consider the impact of governmental policies and processes on democracy, and vice-versa. The ninth edition of this best-selling text will be updated throughout with the results of the 2008 Presidential and Congressional election results and the latest political issues and events, as well as deeper discussions of social and economic policy and political parties and participation.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Main Themes
Democracy and American Politics
Federalism: States and Nation
The Structural Foundations of American Government and Politics
The News Media
Interest Groups and Business Corporations
Voting, Campaigns, and Elections
Government and Governing
The Executive Branch
What Government Does
Freedom: The Struggle for Civil Liberties
Civil Rights: The Struggle for Equality
The Budget and Economic Policy
Social Safety Nets
Foreign Policy and National Defense
The Declaration of Independence
The Constitution of the United States
The Federalist Papers Nos. 10, 51, and 78
Presidents and Congresses, 1789-2009
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