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We the people : an introduction to American politics

Author: Benjamin Ginsberg; Theodore J Lowi; Margaret Weir
Publisher: New York : Norton, ©2003.
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Genre/Form: Einführung
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Benjamin Ginsberg; Theodore J Lowi; Margaret Weir
ISBN: 0393979288 9780393979282
OCLC Number: 51059212
Description: xxviii, 769, [A1]-A90 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 27 cm.
Contents: pt. I. Foundations --
1. American political culture --
What Americans think about government --
What Americans know about government --
Government --
American political culture : shared values, but disagreements over the role of government --
What you can do : test the political waters --
2. The founding and the constitution --
The first founding : interests and conflicts --
The second founding : from compromise to constitution --
The constitution --
The fight for ratification --
The citizen's role and the changing constitution --
Reflections on liberty, equality, and democracy --
What you can do : become a framer --
3. Federalism --
The federal framework --
Who does what? : the changing federal framework --
Federalism and American political values --
What you can do : participate at different levels of the federal system --
4. Civil liberties --
A brief history of the Bill of Rights --
The First Amendment and freedom of religion --
The first Amendment and freedom of speech and the press --
The Second Amendment and the right to bear arms --
Rights of the criminally accused --
The right to privacy --
The future of civil liberties --
What you can do : defend liberty --
5. Civil rights --
The struggle for civil rights --
The universalization of civil rights --
Affirmative action --
What you can do : mobilize for civil rights --
pt. II. Politics --
6. Public opinion --
Political values --
How we form political opinions --
Measuring public opinion --
Public opinion and democracy --
What you can do : become politically knowledgeable --
7. The media --
The media industry and government --
News coverage --
Media power in American politics --
Media power and democracy --
What you can do : analyze news sources --
8. Political participation and voting --
Political participation --
Who participates, and how? --
Explaining political participation --
Participation and American political values --
What can you do : become a voter --
9. Political parties --
What are political parties? --
The two-party system in America --
Party organization --
Parties and the electorate --
Parties and elections --
Parties and government --
The role of parties in a democracy --
What you can do : become a party activist --
10. Campaigns and elections --
Elections in America --
Election campaigns --
Presidential elections --
The 2000 elections --
Money and politics --
How voters decide --
What you can do : campaign on campus --
11. Groups and interests --
The character of interest groups --
The proliferation of groups --
Strategies : the quest for political power --
Groups and interests : who benefits? --
What you can do : join an interest group --
pt. III. Institutions --
12. Congress --
Congress : representing the American people --
The organization of congress --
Rules of lawmaking : how a bill becomes a law --
How congress decides --
Beyond legislation : other congressional powers --
Congress and democracy --
What you can do : make contact with congress --
13. The presidency --
The constitutional basis of the presidency --
The constitutional powers of the presidency --
Institutional resources of presidential power --
Political resources of presidential power --
The presidency and democracy --
What you can do : work in the White House --
14. Bureaucracy in a democracy --
Bureaucracy and bureaucrats --
The organization of the executive branch --
Can bureaucracy be reinvented? --
Can the bureaucracy be reduced? --
Can bureaucracy be controlled? --
What you can do : get inside the bureaucracy --
15. The federal courts --
The legal system --
Federal jurisdiction --
The power of the Supreme Court : judicial review --
Judicial power and politics --
What you can do : file amicus curiae briefs --
pt. IV. Policy --
16. Government and the economy --
Why is government involved in the economy? --
Should government be involved in the economy? --
What are the goals of economic policy? --
What are the tools of economic policy? --
The politics of economic policy making --
What you can do : assess the impact of economic policies --
17. Social policy --
The welfare state --
Opening opportunity --
Who gets what from social policy? --
The welfare state and American values --
What you can do : question social policy --
18. Foreign policy and democracy --
The players : the makers and shapers of foreign policy --
The values in American foreign policy --
The instruments of modern American foreign policy --
Roles nations play --
What you can do : voice your views to congress --
Appendix --
The Declaration of Independence --
The Articles of Confederation --
The Constitution of the United States of America --
Amendments to the Constitution --
The Federalist papers --
Presidents and vice presidents --
Glossary.
Responsibility: Benjamin Ginsberg, Theodore J. Lowi, Margaret Weir.

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