Updated in a new 2011 Texas edition, American Government: Roots and Reform provides the historical context students need to understand our government and the most crucial and controversial issues affecting the nation in the 21st century. This bestselling book has been extensively revised to provide in-depth coverage of President Barack Obama’s first two years in office and the 111th Congress, the 2010 congressional elections, continued concerns related to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and domestic concerns related to health care reform and the economy.
Table of Contents
I. FOUNDATIONS OF GOVERNMENT
1. The Political Landscape
2. The Constitution
4. State and Local Government
5. Civil Liberties
6. Civil Rights
II. INSTITUTIONS OF GOVERNMENT
8. The Presidency
9. The Executive Branch and the Federal Bureaucracy
10. The Judiciary
III. POLITICAL BEHAVIOR
11. Public Opinion and Political Socialization
12. Political Parties
13. Elections and Voting
14. The Campaign Process
15. The News Media
16. Interest Groups
IV. PUBLIC POLICY
17. Domestic Policy
18. Economic Policy
19. Foreign and Defense Policy
V. TEXAS GOVERNMENT
20. The Context for Texas Politics and Government
21. The Texas Constitution
22. Local Government and Politics in Texas
23. The Texas Legislature
24. The Governor and Bureaucracy in Texas
25. The Texas Judiciary
26. Political Parties, Interest Groups, Elections, and Campaigns in Texas
27. Contemporary Public Policy Issues in Texas
The Declaration of Independence
Federalist No. 10
Federalist No. 51
Federalist No. 78
Presidents, Congresses, and Chief Justices: 1789-2010
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