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This Land is Your Land: Introduction to American Government and Politics

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By: 
Martin Saiz and Jennifer De Maio
Version: 
1.0
Publishing: 
February 2019
Page Count: 
500 (est)
Online Access Price: 
$29.95
Full Color Book + Online Access Price: 
$54.95
ISBN: 
978-1-4533-9182-2
  • About the Authors
  • Acknowledgements
  • Preface
  • Chapter 1: Principles of American Government and Politics

  • 1.1 The Land, The People, And The Economy
  • 1.2 The Idea Of Popular Sovereignty
  • 1.3 The Impact Of Government On Daily Life
  • 1.4 What Is Politics?
  • 1.5 What Is Democracy?
  • 1.6 Understanding American Politics: The Analytical Framework
  • 1.7 End Of Chapter Materials
  • Chapter 2: The Founding and the Constitution

  • 2.1 Constitutional Engineering
  • 2.2 Politics In The Colonies
  • 2.3 The Articles Of Confederation
  • 2.4 The Constitutional Convention
  • 2.5 What The Framers Framed
  • 2.6 Federalists Versus Anti Federalists
  • 2.7 The Living Constitution
  • 2.8 End Of Chapter Materials
  • Chapter 3: Federalism

  • 3.1 Why Federalism?
  • 3.2 Federalism And The Constitution
  • 3.3 The Slow Growth Of The National Government’s Power
  • 3.4 The Policy Effects Of Federalism
  • 3.5 The Advantages And Disadvantages Of Federalism
  • 3.6 End Of Chapter Materials
  • Chapter 4: Civil Liberties

  • 4.1 Civil Liberties Vs. Civil Rights
  • 4.2 Civil Liberties As A National Discourse
  • 4.3 First Amendment Rights
  • 4.4 The Second Amendment And Right To Bear Arms
  • 4.5 Rights Of The Accused
  • 4.6 Right To Privacy
  • 4.7 Government Responsibility Versus Individual Freedoms
  • 4.8 End Of Chapter Materials
  • Chapter 5: Civil Rights

  • 5.1 Inequality And The Law
  • 5.2 The Struggle For Racial Equality
  • 5.3 The Struggle For Gender Equality
  • 5.4 The Struggle For Ethnic And Cultural Equality
  • 5.5 The Struggle For Marginalized Groups
  • 5.6 Slow But Steady Progress
  • 5.7 End Of Chapter Materials
  • Chapter 6: Public Opinion: Even the Busiest American Has One

  • 6.1 A Mob Or A Whole Greater Than Its Parts?
  • 6.2 Measuring Public Opinion
  • 6.3 Where Do Public Opinions Come From?
  • 6.4 Effects Of Social Background On Public Opinion
  • 6.5 Does Public Opinion Matter?
  • 6.6 End Of Chapter Materials
  • Chapter 7: Citizen Participation and Voting

  • 7.1 The Logic Of Political Participation
  • 7.2 The Framers’ Understanding Of The Problem Of Moral Hazard
  • 7.3 Regulating The Electoral Process
  • 7.4 Is Voting Rational?
  • 7.5 Deciding How To Vote: The Problem Of Adverse Selection
  • 7.6 Does It Matter Who Participates?
  • 7.7 End Of Chapter Materials
  • Chapter 8: Political Parties: Making Politics Cost Effective

  • 8.1 Political Parties And Popular Participation
  • 8.2 Parties And Collective Action In Government
  • 8.3 Party Identification Among The Voters
  • 8.4 Parties As Service Institutions
  • 8.5 Why Are There Only Two Major Parties?
  • 8.6 Are The Parties Becoming More Radical
  • 8.7 Building And Rebuilding National Majorities
  • 8.8 End Of Chapter Materials
  • Chapter 9: Interest Groups: Effective Participation with an Upper-Class Bias

  • 9.1 Federalist 10 And The Rise Of Interest Groups
  • 9.2 Democracy And Group Participation
  • 9.3 The Upper Class And Business Biases Of The Interest Group System
  • 9.4 Interest Group Formation, Mobilization, And Maintenance
  • 9.5 Change In The Interest Group System
  • 9.6 Lobbying: How Interest Groups Influence Policy
  • 9.7 End Of Chapter Materials
  • Chapter 10: Media

  • 10.1 Mass Media Today
  • 10.2 The Evolution Of The Mass Media
  • 10.3 The Role Of Media
  • 10.4 Media As The Fourth Branch Of Government
  • 10.5 Understanding The Relationship Between Media, Government, And The American Public
  • 10.6 End Of Chapter Materials
  • Chapter 11: The US Congress: We Love Our Representative, but Not the Institution

  • 11.1 District Representation, National Representation, And The Electoral Connection
  • 11.2 Congress And The Constitution
  • 11.3 Getting To Congress And Staying There
  • 11.4 Congress Works In Committees
  • 11.5 Party Leadership In The House And The Senate: The Forces Of Centralization
  • 11.6 End Of Chapter Materials
  • Chapter 12: The President: Hoping for a Hero

  • 12.1 The Constitution And The Presidency: An Invitation To Struggle
  • 12.2 Modern Presidential Government
  • 12.3 What Makes A President Popular?
  • 12.4 Presidential Success And Timing
  • 12.5 End Of Chapter Materials
  • Chapter 13: Bureaucracy

  • 13.1 What Is Bureaucracy?
  • 13.2 The Development Of The Bureaucracy
  • 13.3 Major Elements And Roles Of The Federal Bureaucracy
  • 13.4 Roles Of The Federal Bureaucracy
  • 13.5 Understanding Bureaucracies
  • 13.6 Policy Implementation And The Principal Agent Problem
  • 13.7 Who Does The Bureaucracy Work For?
  • 13.8 End Of Chapter Materials
  • Chapter 14: The Federal Courts

  • 14.1 The American Judicial System
  • 14.2 The Development Of The Federal Courts
  • 14.3 Federalism And The American Courts
  • 14.4 The Supreme Court In Action
  • 14.5 Judicial Selection
  • 14.6 Democracy And The Courts
  • 14.7 The Politics Of The Apolitical Branch
  • 14.8 End Of Chapter Materials
  • Chapter 15: Domestic Policy

  • 15.1 Making And Evaluating Public Policy
  • 15.2 Generic Policy Solutions
  • 15.3 Economic Policy
  • 15.4 Social Policy
  • 15.5 Trade Offs Between Economic And Social Welfare
  • 15.6 End Of Chapter Materials
  • Chapter 16: Foreign Policy

  • 16.1 Foreign Policy Explored
  • 16.2 Key Ideas And Players In U.S. Foreign Policy
  • 16.3 Setting The Foreign Policy Agenda
  • 16.4 Tools Of Statecraft
  • 16.5 Challenges To U.S. Foreign Policy
  • 16.6 End Of Chapter Materials
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