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Essentials of American Government: Roots and Reform, 2012 Election Edition, CourseSmart eTextbook, 11th Edition

By Karen O'Connor, Larry J. Sabato, Alixandra B. Yanus

Published by Pearson

Published Date: Jan 3, 2013

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Understand American government today by exploring its evolution over time

 

This text is guided by the belief that students must first understand the origins of American government to fully understand the issues facing the United States today.  It offers the strongest coverage of both history and current events of any college textbook devoted to American politics.

 

Essentials of 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, in an essentials format.  The end result: students that are more informed citizens that will make thoughtful political choices in the future.

 

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Table of Contents

1. Brief Table of Contents

2. Full Table of Contents

 

1. Brief Table of Contents

 

PART I: FOUNDATIONS OF GOVERNMENT

 

Chapter 1: American Government: Roots, Context, and Culture

Chapter 2: The Constitution

Chapter 3: Federalism

Chapter 4: Civil Liberties

Chapter 5: Civil Rights

 

PART II: INSTITUTIONS OF GOVERNMENT

 

Chapter 6: Congress

Chapter 7: The Presidency

Chapter 8: The Executive Branch and the Federal Bureaucracy

Chapter 9: The Judiciary

 

PART III: POLITICAL BEHAVIOR

 

Chapter 10: Public Opinion and the News Media

Chapter 11: Political Parties and Interest Groups

Chapter 12: Elections, Campaigns, and Voting

 

PART IV: PUBLIC POLICY

 

Chapter 13: Social and Economic Policy

Chapter 14: Foreign and Defense Policy

 


2. Full Table of Contents

 

PART I: FOUNDATIONS OF GOVERNMENT

 1. American Government: Roots, Context, and Culture

Roots of American Government: We the People

| The Living Constitution

Types of Government

Functions of American Government

American Political Culture and the Basic Tenets of American Democracy

The Changing American Public

| Explore Your World

Political Ideology

Toward Reform: People and Politics

| Take a Closer Look

| Infographic: Is the American Dream a Reality?

> MyPoliSciLab Video Series

> MyPoliSciLab Simulation: You Are a City Council Member

> MyPoliSciLab Explorer: How Do You Measure Freedom?

 

2. The Constitution

Roots of the New American Nation

| Take a Closer Look

The First Attempt at Government: The Articles of Confederation

The Miracle at Philadelphia: Writing the U.S. Constitution

| Infographic: Who Were the Framers?

The U.S. Constitution

| Explore Your World

The Drive For Ratification of the U.S. Constitution

Toward Reform: Methods Of Amending The U.S. Constitution

| The Living Constitution

> MyPoliSciLab Video Series

> MyPoliSciLab Simulation: You Are A Founder

> MyPoliSciLab Explorer: How Long Did It Take To Ratify The Constitution?

 

3. The Federal System

Roots of the Federal System

| The Living Constitution

Federalism and the Marshall Court

| Explore Your World

Dual Federalism: States’ Rights, the Civil War, and Reconstruction

Cooperative Federalism: The Growth of National Government

| Infographic: How Has the Federal-State Relationship Evolved?

Federal Grants to State and Local Governments

| Take A Closer Look

Toward Reform: Attempts to Balance National and State Power

> MyPoliSciLab Video Series

> MyPoliSciLab Simulation: You Are a Federal Judge

> MyPoliSciLab Explorer: Which States Win or Lose the Federal Aid Game?

 

4. Civil Liberties

Roots of Civil Liberties: The Bill of Rights

First Amendment Guarantees: Freedom of Religion

First Amendment Guarantees: Freedom of Speech, Press, Assembly, and Petition

| Explore Your World

The Second Amendment: The Right to Keep and Bear Arms

| Infographic: How Do States Restrict the Right the Bear Arms?

The Rights of Criminal Defendants

| Take a Closer Look

The Right to Privacy

| The Living Constitution

Toward Reform: Civil Liberties and Combating Terrorism

> MyPoliSciLab Video Series           

> MyPoliSciLab Simulation: You Are a Police Officer

> MyPoliSciLab Explorer: Should the Government Apply the Death Penalty?

 

5. Civil Rights

Roots of Suffrage: 1800-1890

| The Living Constitution

The Push For Equality, 1890-1954

The Civil Rights Movement

| Take a Closer Look

The Women’s Rights Movement

| Explore Your World

Other Groups Mobilize for Rights

| Infographic: How Does the Government Regulate Gay Marriage?

Toward Reform: Civil Rights and Affirmative Action

> MyPoliSciLab Video Series           

> MyPoliSciLab Simulation: You Are a Mayor

> MyPoliSciLab Explorer: Are All Forms of Discrimination The Same?

 

PART II: INSTITUTIONS OF GOVERNMENT

 

6. Congress

Roots of the Legislative Branch of Government

| The Living Constitution       

The Members of Congress

| Infographic: The House of Representatives

How Congress Is Organized

| Explore Your World

Powers of Congress

| Take A Closer Look

How Members Make Decisions

Toward Reform: Balancing Institutional Power

> MyPoliSciLab Video Series

> MyPoliSciLab Simulation: You Are A Consumer Advocate

> MyPoliSciLab Explorer: Can Congress Get Anything Done?

 

7. The Presidency

Roots of the Office of President of the United States

| Living Constitution

The Constitutional Powers of the President

| A Closer Look

The Development and Expansion of Presidential Power

The Presidential Establishment

| Infographic: What Does the West Wing Say about the Presidency?

Presidential Leadership and the Importance of Public Opinion

Toward Reform: The President as Policy Maker

| Explore Your World

> MyPoliSciLab Video Series

> MyPoliSciLab Simulation: You Are a First-Term President

> MyPoliSciLab Explorer: What Influences a President's Public Approval?

 

8. The Executive Branch and the Federal Bureaucracy

Roots of the Federal Bureaucracy

The Modern Bureaucracy

| Infographic: The Composition of the Federal Workforce

|  Living Constitution

How The Bureaucracy Works

| Take a Closer Look

Toward Reform: Making Agencies Accountable

| Explore Your World

> MyPoliSciLab Video Series

> MyPoliSciLab Simulation: You Are Head of FEMA

> MyPoliSciLab Explorer: What Puts the 'Big' in Big Government?

 

9. The Judiciary

Roots of the Federal Judiciary

| The Living Constitution

The Federal Court System

| Explore Your World

How Federal Court Judges Are Selected

| Infographic: Who Are the Federal Judges?

The Supreme Court Today

| Take A Closer Look

Judicial Philosophy and Decision Making

Toward Reform: Power, Policy Making, and the Court

> MyPoliSciLab Video Series

> MyPoliSciLab Simulation: You Are a Supreme Court Clerk

> MyPoliSciLab Explorer: Who Are the Activist Judges?

 

PART III: POLITICAL BEHAVIOR

 

10. Public Opinion and the News Media

Roots of Public Opinion Research

Conducting and Analyzing Public Opinion Polls

| Explore Your World

Forming Political Opinions

| Infographic: How Do Demographics Influence One’s Opinion of the Government?

Roots of the News Media in the United States

| The Living Constitution

Rules Governing the News Media

How the News Media Cover Politics

| Take a Closer Look

Toward Reform: News Media Influence, News Media Bias, and Public Confidence

Shortcomings of Polling

> MyPoliSciLab Video Series

> MyPoliSciLab Simulation: You Are a Polling Consultant

> MyPoliSciLab Explorer: What Do Young People Think About Politics Today?

 

11. Political Parties and Interest Groups

Roots of the Two-Party System

| The Living Constitution

| Infographic: Are American Political Parties Polarized?

The Organization of American Political Parties

Activities Of American Political Parties

Party Identification

Roots of the American Interest Group System

| Take a Closer Look

What Do Interest Groups Do?

| Explore Your World

Toward Reform: Regulating Interest Groups and Lobbyists

> MyPoliSciLab Video Series

> MyPoliSciLab Simulation: You Are a Lobbyist

> MyPoliSciLab Explorer: Which Party Governs Better?

 

12. Campaigns, Elections, and Voting

Roots of Modern Political Campaigns

Assembling a Campaign Staff

Raising Money

| Infographic: How Has Campaign Financing Changed Over Time?

Reaching Voters

| Take a Closer Look

Presidential Elections

| The Living Constitution

Congressional Elections

Toward Reform: Voter Choice and Turnout

| Explore Your World

| Take a Closer Look

| Explore Your World

> MyPoliSciLab Video Series

> MyPoliSciLab Simulation: You Are a Campaign Strategist

> MyPoliSciLab Explorer: Who Votes–and Who Doesn't?

 

PART IV: PUBLIC POLICY

 

Chapter 13: Social and Economic Policy

Roots of Public Policy: The Policy-Making Process

| The Living Constitution

Health Policy Today

Income Security Policy

Fiscal Policy

| Infographic: How Much Government Debt Is Too Much

Monetary Policy

| Explore Your World

Toward Reform: Recession and Economic Recovery

| Take a Closer Look

> MyPoliSciLab Video Series

> MyPoliSciLab Simulation: You Are a Federal Reserve Chair

> MyPoliSciLab Explorer: Is Health Care a Public Good?

 

14: Foreign and Defense Policy

Roots of U.S. Foreign and Defense Policy

The United States as a World Power

| Explore Your World

Foreign and Defense Policy Decision Making

| The Living Constitution

Contemporary Challenges In Foreign and Defense Policy

| Infographic: How Big Is the World’s Stockpile of Nuclear Weapons?

Toward Reform:  New Challenges in American Foreign Policy

| Take a Closer Look

> MyPoliSciLab Video Series

> MyPoliSciLab Simulation: You Are a President During a Foreign Policy Crisis

> MyPoliSciLab Explorer: How Much Does America Spend On Defense?

 

> MyPoliSciLab Document: The Declaration of Independence

> MyPoliSciLab Document: The Constitution of the United States

> MyPoliSciLab Document: Federalist No. 10

> MyPoliSciLab Document: Federalist No. 15

> MyPoliSciLab Document: Federalist No. 51

> MyPoliSciLab Document: Federalist No. 78

> MyPoliSciLab Document: Anti-Federalist No. 17

> MyPoliSciLab Document: Marbury v. Madison

> MyPoliSciLab Document: McCulloch v. Maryland

> MyPoliSciLab Document: Brown v. Board of Education

> MyPoliSciLab Document: The Gettysburg Address

> MyPoliSciLab Document: Washington’s Farewell Address

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