American Government and Politics Today: The Essentials, 2007

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Cengage Learning, Jan 18, 2007 - Political Science - 624 pages
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The best-selling book published for American Government, AMERICAN GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS TODAY: THE ESSENTIALS helps students experience the excitement that comes from active, informed citizenship in a concisely organized package. Bardes, Shelley, and Schmidt's text is renowned nationwide for its balanced, unbiased, comprehensive, and up-to-date coverage of constitutional, governmental, political, social, and economic structures and processes. The overriding theme is the importance of informed active citizenship. The pedagogy underscores this theme by soliciting critical thinking about political issues and encouraging students to become involved the political process. With keen awareness of its audience, AMERICAN GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS TODAY: THE ESSENTIALS incorporates current examples, the Internet, and other media to stimulate learning and excitement about American government. This truly interactive text gives students more than reading material-it gives them tools to become good citizens.
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Contents

The Constitution 27
2
Politics and Government
3
CHAPTER 4
4
CHAPTER 5
5
Interest Groups 219
9
CHAPTER 13
13
CHAPTER 15
15
CHAPTER 8
23
The Strategy of Winning
290
How Are Elections Conducted?
304
Legal Restrictions on Voting
311
The Primacy of Television
317
FEATURES
318
WHICH SIDE ARE YOU
324
Government Regulation of the Media
325
Should Voters Ignore
331

FEATURES
25
What If Roe v Wade Were Overturned?
28
Drafting the Constitution
37
CHAPTER 6
40
The Final Document
43
The Constitution of the United States
54
What If One States SameSex
78
States Rights and the Resort to Civil War
88
The Politics of Federalism
96
What If The Government Monitored All Email?
108
Freedom of Expression
118
Freedom of the Press
126
The Rights of the Accused versus the Rights of Society
134
KEY TERMS CHAPTER SUMMARY SELECTED PRINT AND MEDIA RESOURCES
140
What If Illegal Immigrants Were Granted Citizenship?
146
The Civil Rights Movement
153
Womens Struggle for Equal Rights
159
GenderBased Discrimination in the Workplace
165
The Rights and Status of Gay Males and Lesbians
175
FEATURES
183
Defining Public Opinion
192
Technology and Opinion Polls
208
KEY TERMS CHAPTER SUMMARY SELECTED PRINT AND MEDIA RESOURCES
215
KEY TERMS CHAPTER SUMMARY SELECTED PRINT AND MEDIA RESOURCES
217
A Natural Phenomenon
221
What Makes an Interest Group Powerful?
234
Social Security Reform
235
Regulating Lobbyists
241
MAKING A DIFFERENCE
244
What Is a Political Party?
249
Political Parties
252
The Two Major U S Parties Today
258
Why Has the TwoParty System Endured?
268
Mechanisms of Political Change
275
What If Spending Limits Were Placed on Campaigns?
284
What If Nonpartisan Panels Drew Congressional Districts?
336
Congressional Elections
346
Congressional Apportionment
349
The Formal Leadership
357
How Much Will the Government Spend?
363
FEATURES
364
What If There Were No Executive Privilege?
372
The President as Party Chief and Superpolitician
387
Abuses of Executive Power and Impeachment
392
CHAPTER 9
393
FEATURES
400
What If The Public Graded Federal Bureaucracies?
404
Modern Attempts at Bureaucratic Reform
420
Congressional Control of the Bureaucracy
426
What If Supreme Court Justices Had Term Limits?
432
iii
435
Information Online 187
440
Policymaking and the Courts
446
What Checks Our Courts?
452
EMOCRACY
457
Courts on the Web
458
Poverty and Welfare
468
Governments Are Available
471
Environmental Policy
480
The Presidency
484
The Politics of Taxes
487
FEATURES
494
What If All American Troops Were Restricted to U S Soil?
500
Who Makes Foreign Policy?
515
Should
526
APPENDIX
534
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551
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Barbara A. Bardes is professor emerita of political science at the University of Cincinnati. She received her B.A. and M.A. from Kent State University and her Ph.D. from the University of Cincinnati. She served as a faculty member in political science and dean of Mundelein College at Loyola University of Chicago. In 1993, she was appointed dean of Raymond Walters College of the University of Cincinnati, where she served until 2003. She returned to the political science department where she held the position of graduate director before retiring. Bardes has written articles on public and foreign policy, and women and politics. She also has co-authored DECLARATIONS OF INDEPENDENCE: WOMEN AND POLITICAL POWER IN 19TH CENTURY AMERICAN NOVELS, THINKING ABOUT PUBLIC POLICY, PUBLIC OPINION: MEASURING THE AMERICAN MIND, and AMERICAN GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS TODAY.

Mack C. Shelley, II is a professor of political science and statistics at Iowa State University. After receiving his bachelor's degree from American University in Washington, DC, he went on to graduate studies at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, where he received a master's degree in Economics and a Ph.D. in Political Science. He arrived at Iowa State in 1979. From 1993 to 2002 he served as elected co-editor of the POLICY STUDIES JOURNAL. Shelley has also published numerous articles, books, and monographs on public policy, including THE PERMANENT MAJORITY: THE CONSERVATIVE COALITION IN THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS; BIOTECHNOLOGY AND THE RESEARCH ENTERPRISE: A GUIDE TO THE LITERATURE (with William F. Woodman and Brian J. Reichel); AMERICAN PUBLIC POLICY: THE CONTEMPORARY AGENDA (with Steven G. Koven and Bert E. Swanson); and QUALITY RESEARCH IN LITERACY AND SCIENCE EDUCATION: INTERNATIONAL PERSPECTIVES AND GOLD STANDARDS (with Larry Yore and Brian Hand).

Steffen W. Schmidt is a professor of political science at Iowa State University. He grew up in Colombia, South America, and has studied in Colombia, Switzerland, and France. He has a B.A. from Rollins College and obtained his Ph.D. from Columbia University, New York, in public law and government. Schmidt has published fourteen books and over one hundred and thirty articles in scholarly journals and is the recipient of numerous prestigious teaching prizes, including the Amoco Award for Lifetime Career Achievement in Teaching and the Teacher of the Year award. He is a pioneer in the use of web-based and real-time video courses and is a member of the American Political Science Association's section on Computers and Multimedia. He is known as "Dr. Politics" for his extensive commentary on US politics in US and international media. He is a weekly blogger for Gannett, comments on CNN en Espanol and Univision as well as WNYC, New York. He's on Facebook (SteffenWSchmidt) and Twitter (DrPolitics).

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