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This critical thinking approach to American government asks students to evaluate the quality of democracy in America today within a unique framework that offers a holistic view of our system. The seventh edition of this best-selling text has been completely updated through the 2004 Presidential Election. Continuing to offer a lively, critical thinking approach to the course, The Struggle for Democracy is organized around two themes: Using the Democracy Standard and Using the Framework. The first theme, woven throughout the narrative, asks students to evaluate the health and vitality of American democracy today against a carefully defined democratic ideal. The text's second theme, Using the Framework, asks students to look at the structures underlying our political systemsuch as the economy, society, cultural values, technologyand examine how these structures affect, and are affected by, our political system.
Table of Contents
1. Democracy and American Politics. Robert Moses and the Struggle for African-American Voting Rights. Democracy. A Framework for Understanding How American Politics Works. Understanding American Politics Holistically. 2. The Constitution. Shays Rebellion. The Political Theory and Practices of the Revolutionary Era. The Articles of Confederation: The First Constitution. Convening the Constitutional Convention. The Constitutional Convention. The Struggle to Ratify the Constitution. The Changing Constitution, Democracy, and American Politics. 3. Federalism: States and Nation. Welfare Reform and the States. Federalism as a System of Government. The Constitution and Shared Powers. The Evolution of Federalism. The Rise of National Grants-in-Aid to the States. The Balance of Power and Control. The Consequences of Federalism. 4. The Structural Foundations of American Government and Politics. "B-1 Bob" Learns About His District. American Society: How It Has Changed and Why It Matters. The American Economy. The United States in the International System. The Foundation Beliefs of American Political Culture. Structural Influences on American Politics. 5. Public Opinion and Political Socialization. The Vietnam War and the Public. Democracy and Public Opinion. What People Know About Politics. How People Feel About Politics. Sources of Political Attitudes. How People Differ. Public Opinion and Policy. 6. The Mass Media. "Vernon Jordan Meets the Press." Roles of the Mass Media in Democracy. The Media Landscape. How the Media Work. Effects of the Media on Politi