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Author: Thomas E Patterson
Publisher: New York : McGraw-Hill, ©2011.
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Thomas E Patterson
ISBN: 9780073379067 0073379069
OCLC Number: 460040726
Notes: Connect learn succeed.
Description: xxxii, 728 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), color maps ; 23 cm
Contents: 1. Political thinking : becoming a responsible citizen --
Learning to think politically --
Politics and power in America --
Democratic system --
Constitutional system --
Free Market system --
Who governs? --
Reading 1 : Children of the Great Recession --
2. Constitutional democracy : promoting liberty and self-government --
Before the Constitution : the Colonial and Revolutionary experiences --
The Declaration of Independence --
The Articles of Confederation --
Negotiating toward a Constitution --
The great compromise : a two-chamber congress --
The three-fifths compromise : issues of slavery and trade --
Ratification --
The framers' goals --
Protecting liberty : limited government --
Grants and denials of power --
Using power to offset power --
Separated institutions sharing power : checks and balances --
The Bill of Rights --
Judicial review --
Providing for self-government --
Democracy versus Republic --
Limited popular rule --
Altering the Constitution : more power to the people --
Constitutional Democracy today --
Reading 2 : Judicial factions and the Constitution --
3. Federalism : forging a nation --
Federalism : national and state sovereignty --
The argument for Federalism --
Powers of the nation and the states --
Federalism in historical perspective --
An indestructible union (1789-1865) --
Dual Federalism and Laissez-Faire Capitalism (1865-1937) --
Contemporary Federalism (since 1937) --
Interdependency and intergovernmental relations --
Government revenues and intergovernmental relations --
Devolution --
The public's influence : setting the boundaries of Federal-State power --
Reading 3 : Dependent states usher in a new Federalism --
4. Civil liberties : protecting individual rights --
The Constitution : The Bill of Rights and the Fourteenth Amendment --
Free expression rights --
Fair trial rights --
Freedom of expression --
Freedom of religion --
Establishment clause --
Free-exercise clause --
The right to bear arms --
The right to privacy --
Abortion --
Consensual sexual relations among same-sex adults --
Rights of persons accused of crime --
Suspicion phase : unreasonable search ans seizure --
Arrest phase : protection against self-incrimination --
Trial phase : the right to a fair trial --
Sentencing phase : cruel and unusual punishment --
Appeal --
Crime, punishment, and police practices --
Rights and the War on Terrorism --
Detention of enemy combatants --
Surveillance of suspected terrorists --
The courts and a free society --
Reading 4 : Courts could void Arizona's new law --
5. Equal rights : struggling toward fairness --
Equality through law --
The Fourteenth Amendment : equal protection --
The Civil Rights Act of 1964 --
The Voting Rights Act of 1965 --
The Civil Rights Act of 1968 --
Affirmative Action --
The continuing struggle for equality --
African Americans --
Women --
Native Americans --
Hispanic Americans --
Asian Americans --
Gays and lesbians --
Discrimination : superficial differences, deep divisions --
Reading 5 : New Meaning to the Pledge, "with liberty and justice for all" --
6. Public opinion and political socialization : shaping the people's voice --
Political socialization : the origins of Americans' opinions --
Primary socializing agents : family, school, school, and church --
Secondary socializing agents : peers, media, and leaders --
Frames of reference : how Americans think politically --
Party identification --
Political ideology --
Group orientations --
Measurement of public opinion : polls --
The influence of public opinion on policy --
Reading 6 : Anger management. 7. Political participation : activating the popular will --
Voter participation --
Factors in voter turnout --
Conventional forms of participation other than voting --
Campaign and lobbying activities --
Virtual participation --
community activities --
Unconventional activism : social movements and protest politics --
Participation and the potential for influence --
Reading 7 : Obama and Liberals : can this marriage be saved? --
8. Political parties, candidates, and campaigns : defining the voter's choice --
Party competition and majority rule : the history of U.S. parties --
Andrew Jackson and Grassroots Parties --
Republicans versus Democrats : realignments and the enduring party system --
Today's party alignment and its origins --
Parties and the vote --
Electoral and party systems --
the single-member-district system of election --
Politics and coalitions in the two-party system --
Minor (third) parties --
Party organizations --
The candidate-centered campaign --
Campaign funds : the money chase --
Organization and strategy : political consultants --
Voter contacts --
Parties, candidates, and the public's influence --
Reading 8 : The curse of one-party government --
9. Interest groups : organizing for influence --
The interest-group system --
Economic groups --
Citizens' group --
The organizational edge : economic groups versus citizens' groups --
Inside lobbying : seeking influence through official contacts --
Access to officials --
Webs of influence : groups in the policy process --
Outside lobbying : seeking influence through public pressure --
Constituency advocacy : grassroots lobbying --
Electoral action : votes and PAC money --
The group system : indispensable but biased --
Pluralism --
Interest-group Liberalism and economic bias --
Reading 9 : K Street paradox --
10. The news media : communicating political images --
Historical development : from the Nation's founding to today --
Objective-Journalism Era --
Politics of the news --
The signaling function --
The common-carrier function --
The watchdog function --
The partisan function --
Attention to news --
Shrinking audience --
Age and attention to news --
Media and the public in the Internet Age --
Reading 10 : Lobbying for media diversity --
11. Congress : balancing national goals and local interests --
Congress as a career : election to Congress --
Incumbency --
Parties and party leadership --
Party unity in Congress --
Committees and committee leadership --
Jurisdiction --
Membership --
Chairs --
How a bill becomes a law --
Committee hearing and decisions --
From committee to floor --
Leadership and floor action --
Conference committees and the President --
Congress's policymaking role --
Lawmaking function of Congress --
Representation function of Congress --
Oversight function of Congress --
Congress : too fragmented? --
Reading 11 : Blanche Lincoln faces double jeopardy --
12. The Presidency : leading the Nation --
Foundations of the modern presidency --
Choosing the President --
Nominating campaign : primaries and caucuses --
National Party conventions --
General election campaign --
Staffing the Presidency --
The Executive Office of the President (EOP) --
Cabinet and agency appointees --
Problem of control --
Factors in presidential leadership --
Force of circumstance --
Stage of the President's term --
Nature of the issue : foreign or domestic --
Relations with Congress --
Public support --
Reading 12 : Obama finds reality is messy. 13. The Federal Bureaucracy : administering the Government --
Origin and structure of the Federal Bureaucracy --
Types of Federal agencies --
Federal employment --
The budgetary process --
The President and Agency budgets --
Congress and the Agency budgets --
Policy and power in the Bureaucracy --
Democracy and bureaucratic accountability --
Through the Presidency --
Through Congress --
Through the Courts --
Within the Bureaucracy itself --
Reading 13 : Too much information --
14. The Federal Judicial System : applying the Law --
The Supreme Court of the United States --
Federal courts --
State courts --
Federal Court appointees --
Nature of judicial decision making --
Legal influences --
Political influences --
Judicial power and democratic government --
Originalism Theory vs. Living Constitution Theory --
Judicial restraint vs. judicial activism --
Reading 14 : Supreme Court nominations : is there a better way? --
15. Economic and environmental policy : contributing to prosperity --
Public policy process --
government as regulator of the economy --
Regulatory policy --
Government as protector of the environment --
Conservationism --
Environmentalism --
Government as promoter of economic interest --
Business --
Labor --
Agriculture --
Fiscal policy as an economic tool --
Demand-Side policy --
Supply-Side policy --
Controlling inflation --
Monetary policy as an economic tool --
The Fed --
Reading 15: Is stability a realistic goal? --
16. Welfare and education policy : providing for personal security and need --
Poverty in America : the nature of the problem --
The poor (who and how many?) --
Living in poverty (by choice or chance?) --
Politics and policies of social welfare --
Social insurance programs --
Public assistance programs --
Culture and social welfare --
Education as equality of opportunity --
Public education : leveling through the schools --
Improving America's schools --
The American way of promoting the general welfare --
Reading 16 : Any public support for an energy bill? --
17. Foreign policy : protecting the American way --
The roots of U.S. Foreign and Defense Policy --
The Cold War Era --
War on Terrorism --
The Iraq War --
The Afghanistan escalation --
The military dimension of National Security Policy --
Politics of national defense --
The economic dimension of National Security Policy --
Promoting global trade --
Maintaining access to oil and other natural resources --
Assisting developing nations --
A challenging world --
Reading 17 : Obama and China : year two --
Appendixes : The Declaration of Independence --
The Constitution of the United States of America --
Federalist No. 10 --
Federalist No. 51.
Responsibility: Thomas Patterson.

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