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The basics of American politics

Author: Gary Wasserman
Publisher: New York : Longman, ©1997.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 8th edView all editions and formats
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"This short, accessible text introduces us to American politics. Organized around a game metaphor, The Basics of American Politics describes the history, structure, and current affairs of the eight major "players" in the game of American politics: the president, the bureaucracy, Congress, the Supreme Court, voters, political parties, interest groups, and the media. Professor Wasserman then discusses the "rules" of  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Gary Wasserman
ISBN: 0673525066 9780673525062
OCLC Number: 34283769
Description: x, 342 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
Contents: Ch. 1. What Is Politics? --
Ch. 2. The Constitution: Rules of the Game --
Ch. 3. The Executive Branch: The Presidency and the Bureaucracy --
Ch. 4. The Legislative Branch: Congress --
Ch. 5. The Judicial Branch: The Supreme Court and the Federal Court System --
Ch. 6. Civil Rights and Liberties: Protecting the Players --
Ch. 7. Voters and Political Parties --
Ch. 8. Interest Groups and the Media --
Ch. 9. Who Wins, Who Loses: Pluralism Versus Elitism --
App. The Declaration of Independence --
App. The Constitution of the United States.
Other Titles: American politics
Responsibility: Gary Wasserman.

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This introduction to American politics assumes no prior knowledge of the subject and has a game metaphor running through the text, referring to the major "players" and the "rules of the game". This  Read more...

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