Angry, Bored, Confused: A Citizen Handbook of American Politics

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Westview Press, 1999 - Political Science - 292 pages
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Angry, bored, and confused—three words that aptly describe the typical American’s view toward the world of politics. But it doesn’t have to stay this way, argues Michael Kryzanek, in Angry, Bored, Confused. Kryzanek discusses issues central to American politics—citizenship, power, leadership, problem solving, initiating change—through a series of straightforward questions, with sometimes surprising answers. Angry, Bored, and Confused examines American politics from the perspective of an anxious consumer seeking to understand the political world, and to change it for the better.
 

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Contents

The Foundations of American Government
1
The American People and American Government
37
The Ingredients of Political Power
69
The Road to Power in American Politics
101
Politicians and Public Servants
131
Making Public Policy Decisions
169
Current Policy Dilemmas in American Government
205
The Challenges Facing American Government
235
Good Citizen Bad Citizen
265
A Few Books You Should Read
272
Index
279
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Page 6 - I THINK that in no country in the civilized world is less attention paid to philosophy than in the United States. The Americans have no philosophical school of their own ; and they care but little for all the schools into which Europe is divided, the very names of which are scarcely known to them.
Page 6 - To evade the bondage of system and habit, of family-maxims, class-opinions, and, in some degree, of national prejudices; to accept tradition only as a means of information, and existing facts only as a lesson used in doing otherwise and doing better...
Page 266 - Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country!
Page 18 - To coin money, regulate the value thereof, and of foreign coin, and fix the standard of weights and measures; To provide for the punishment of counterfeiting the securities and current coin of the United States; To establish post offices and post roads...
Page 65 - With exceptions so rare that they are regarded as miracles and freaks of nature, successful democratic politicians are insecure and intimidated men. They advance politically only as they placate, appease, bribe, seduce, bamboozle, or otherwise manage to manipulate the demanding and threatening elements in their constituencies.
Page 18 - Congress of the United States, which shall consist of a Senate and a House of Representatives. Article II. The executive Power shall be vested in a President of the United States of America.

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Michael Kryzanek is professor and chair of political science at Bridgewater State College, Massachusetts.

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