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Government in America: People, Politics, and Policy, 2012 Election Edition, Books a la Carte Edition, 16th Edition

By George C. Edwards, Martin P. Wattenberg, Robert L. Lineberry

Published by Pearson

Published Date: Dec 21, 2012

Description

Learn how American politics affect public policy

 

Government in America, 2012 Election Edition looks at government’s impact on the daily lives of Americans with a public policy approach. This text introduces the main features of American politics and asks “how should we govern?” and “what should government do?” Government in America helps students see that politics drives what government can–or cannot do–for the people.

 

This text features full integration with the New MyPoliSciLab.  MyPoliSciLab includes a wide array of resources to encourage students to look at American politics like a political scientist and analyze current political issues.  Political Explorer lets students play the role of a political scientist by investigating issues through interactive data.  Core Concept videos discuss the big ideas in each chapter and apply them to key political issues. Simulations allow students to experience how political leaders make decisions.

 

A better teaching and learning experience

This program provides a better teaching and learning experience–for you and your students. Here’s how:

  • Personalize Learning–The New MyPoliSciLab delivers proven results in helping students succeed, provides engaging experiences that personalize learning, and comes from a trusted partner with educational expertise and a deep commitment to helping students and instructors achieve their goals. MyPoliSciLab is now compatible with BlackBoard!
  • Engage Students–The stunning visual design engages students in the text.  
  • Improve Critical Thinking– Learning objectives in every chapter help students focus on important topics.
  • Analyze Current Events–Coverage of the 2012 elections keeps the study of politics relevant and shows how political scientists look at the development of the American political system.
  • Support Instructors– A full supplements package including the Class Preparation Tool in the New MyPoliSciLab is available.
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Table of Contents

1. Brief Table of Contents

2. Full Table of Contents

 

1. Brief Table of Contents

 

PART I: CONSTITUTIONAL FOUNDATIONS 

 

Chapter 1: Introducing Government in America
Chapter 2: The Constitution

Chapter 3: Federalism  
Chapter 4:
Civil Liberties and Public Policy 

Chapter 5: Civil Rights and Public Policy  

 

 

PART II: PEOPLE AND POLITICS

 

Chapter 6: Public Opinion and Political Action

Chapter 7: The Mass Media and the Political Agenda

Chapter 8: Political Parties

Chapter 9: Campaigns and Voting Behavior

Chapter 10: Interest Groups

 

 

PART III: THE POLICYMAKERS

 

Chapter 11: Congress

Chapter 12: The Presidency

Chapter 13: The Budget: The Politics of Taxing and Spending

Chapter 14: The Federal Bureaucracy

Chapter 15: The Federal Courts

 

 

PART IV: POLICIES

 

Chapter 16: Economic and Social Welfare Policymaking

Chapter 17: Policymaking for Health Care, the Environment, and Energy

Chapter 18: National Security Policymaking

 


2. Complete Table of Contents

 

PART I: CONSTITUTIONAL FOUNDATIONS

 

1. Introducing Government in America 

Government

Politics

The Policymaking System

Democracy in America

The Scope of Government in America

> MyPoliSciLab Video Series

> MyPoliSciLab Simulation: You Are a Candidate for Congress

> MyPoliSciLab Explorer: Can You Get Ahead in America?

 

2. The Constitution 

Politics in Action: Amending the Constitution 

The Origins of the Constitution

The Government That Failed: 1776–1787

| Why It Matters: A Strong National Government

Making a Constitution: The Philadelphia Convention

Critical Issues at the Convention

| Why It Matters: Representation in the Senate

| A Point to Ponder

The Madisonian System

| Why It Matters: Checks and Balances

Ratifying the Constitution

Changing the Constitution

| America in Perspective: The Unusual Rigidity of the U.S. Constitution

|You Are the Policymaker: How Frequently Should We Amend the Constitution?

Understanding the Constitution

| Young People and Politics: Lowering the Voting Age

> MyPoliSciLab Video Series

> MyPoliSciLab Simulation: You Are a Founder

> MyPoliSciLab Explorer: How Long Did It Take to Ratify the Constitution?

 

3. Federalism 

Politics in Action: Conflict between Levels of Government

Defining Federalism

| America in Perspective: Why Federalism?

The Constitutional Basis of Federalism

| Why It Matters: Protecting Rights

| Why It Matters: Commerce Power

Intergovernmental Relations

| Young People and Politics: Federal Support for Colleges and Universities

| Why It Matters: Grants-In-Aid

| A Point to Ponder

Diversity in Policy

| You Are The Policymaker: Should Whether You Live Depend On Where You Live?

Understanding Federalism      

> MyPoliSciLab Video Series

> MyPoliSciLab Simulation: You Are a Federal Judge

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

 

4. Civil Liberties and Public Policy 

Politics in Action: Free Speech on Campus

The Bill of Rights

Freedom of Religion

| Why It Matters: The Establishment Clause

| You Are the Judge: The Case of Animal Sacrifices

Freedom of Expression

| You Are the Judge: The Case of the Purloined Pentagon Papers

| You Are the Judge: The Case of the Drive-In Theater

| Why It Matters: Libel Law

Freedom of Assembly

| You Are the Judge: The Case of the Nazis’ March in Skokie

Right to Bear Arms

| Why It Matters: The Exclusionary Rule

| You Are the Judge: the case of Ms. Montoya

| You Are the Judge: The Case of the Enticed Farmer

| You Are the Judge: The Case of the First Offender

| Young People and Politics: College Students Help Prevent Wrongful Deaths

The Right to Privacy

Understanding Civil Liberties

> MyPoliSciLab Video Series

> MyPoliSciLab Simulation: You Are a Police Officer

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

 

5. Civil Rights and Public Policy

Politics in Action: Launching the Civil Rights Movement

The Struggle for Equality

African Americans’ Civil Rights

| Why It Matters: brown v. Board of education

| Young People and Politics: Freedom Riders

| Why It Matters: The Voting Rights Act

The Rights of Other Minority Groups

The Rights of Women

| Why It Matters: Changes in the Workplace

| You Are the Judge: Is Male-Only Draft Registration Gender Discrimination?

Other Groups Active under the Civil Rights Umbrella

Affirmative Action

| A Point to Ponder

| You Are the Judge: The Case of the New Haven Firefighters

Understanding Civil Rights and Public Policy

| America in Perspective: Respect for Minority Rights

> MyPoliSciLab Video Series

> MyPoliSciLab Simulation: You Are a Mayor

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

 

PART II: PEOPLE AND POLITICS

 

6. Public Opinion and Political Action 

Politics in Action: The Limits of Public Understanding of Health Care Reform

The American People

| You Are the Policymaker: Should Immigration Be Based More On Skills Than Blood Ties?

How Americans Learn About Politics: Political Socialization

Measuring Public Opinion and Political Information

| A Point to Ponder

| Why It Matters: Political Knowledge of the Electorate

What Americans Value: Political Ideologies

| Young People and Politics: How Younger and Older Americans Compare On the Issues

How Americans Participate in Politics

| America in Perspective: Conventional and Unconventional Political Participation

| Why It Matters: Political Participation

Understanding Public Opinion and Political Action

> MyPoliSciLab Video Series

> MyPoliSciLab Simulation: You Are a Voting Registration Volunteer

> MyPoliSciLab Explorer: How Are People Involved in Politics?

 

7. The Mass Media and the Political Agenda

Politics in Action: The Increasing Difficulty of Getting Out a Presidential Message

The Mass Media Today

The Development of Media Politics

| You Are the Policymaker: Should Newspapers Be Allowed To Be Nonprofit Organizations?

| Young People and Politics: Learning From Comedy Shows?

| Why It Matters: Media as a Business

Reporting the News

| America in Perspective: The Length of Candidate Sound Bites in Four Countries

| Why It Matters: The Increasing Speed of News Dissemination

The News and Public Opinion

Policy Entrepreneurs and Agenda Setting

Understanding the Mass Media

| A Point to Ponder

> MyPoliSciLab Video Series

> MyPoliSciLab Simulation: You Are a Newspaper Editor

> MyPoliSciLab Explorer: Where Do You Get Your Political News?

 

8. Political Parties 

Politics in Action: How Political Parties Can Make Elections User Friendly for Voters

The Meaning of Party

| Why It Matters: Political Parties

The Party in the Electorate                                                   

| Young People and Politics: The Parties Face an Independent Youth

The Party Organizations: From the Grass Roots to Washington

| You Are the Policymaker: Should Political Parties Choose Their Nominees In Open Or Closed Primaries?

The Party in Government: Promises and Policy Party Eras in American History

| Why It Matters: Divided Party Government

Third Parties: Their Impact on American Politics

| America in Perspective: Multiparty Systems in Other Countries

Understanding Political Parties

| A Point to Ponder

> MyPoliSciLab Video Series

> MyPoliSciLab Simulation: You Are a Voter

> MyPoliSciLab Explorer: Which Party Governs Better?

 

9. Campaigns and Voting Behavior

Politics in Action: How Running for Office Can Be More Demanding Than Governing        

The Nomination Game

| A Point to Ponder

| Why It Matters: Early Delegate Contests

The Campaign Game

| Young People and Politics: Will The Internet Revolutionize Political Campaigns?

Money and Campaigning

| Why It Matters: Money and Elections

The Impact of Campaigns

Whether to Vote: A Citizen’s First Choice

| America in Perspective: Why Turnout In the United States Is So Low Compared To Turnout in Other Countries

| Why It Matters: Youth Turnout

How Americans Vote: Explaining Citizens’ Decisions

The Last Battle: The Electoral College

| You Are the Policymaker: Should We Make Every State A Battleground By Electing The President By A National Popular Vote?

Understanding Campaigns and Voting Behavior

> MyPoliSciLab Video Series

> MyPoliSciLab Simulation: You Are a Voting Registration Volunteer

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

 

10. Interest Groups

Politics in Action: How the Beverage Industry Mobilized to Stop a Sugar Tax America in Perspective: Interest Group Participation 

| America in Perspective: Interest Group Participation

The Role of Interest Groups

Theories of Interest Group Politics

| A Point to Ponder

| Why It Matters: Theories of Interest Group Politics

What Makes an Interest Group Successful?

| Young People and Politics: The Virginia 21 Coalition

How Groups Try to Shape Policy

| You Are the Policymaker: Should PACs Be Eliminated?

| Why It Matters: PACs

Types of Interest Groups

Understanding Interest Groups

> MyPoliSciLab Video Series

> MyPoliSciLab Simulation: You Are a Lobbyist

> MyPoliSciLab Explorer: Can interest Groups Buy Public Policy?

  

PART III: THE POLICYMAKERS

 

11. Congress

Politics in Action: Governing in Congress                                           

The Representatives and Senators

Congressional Elections

| Why It Matters: Incumbent Success

| You Are the Policymaker: Should We Impose Term Limits On Members Of Congress?

How Congress Is Organized to Make Policy

| Why It Matters: The Filibuster

| Why It Matters: Party Strength

| Why It Matters: Inconsistent Oversight

| Why It Matters: The Committee System

| Young People and Politics: Are Opportunities To Intern Biased In Favor Of The Wealthy?

The Congressional Process and Decision Making

| A Point to Ponder

Understanding Congress

| America in Perspective: Malapportionment in the Upper House

> MyPoliSciLab Video Series

> MyPoliSciLab Simulation: You Are a Consumer Advocate

> MyPoliSciLab Explorer: Can Congress Get Anything Done?

 

12. The Presidency 

Politics in Action: Presidential Power

The Presidents

| A Point to Ponder

| Why It Matters: Standards of Impeachment

| You Are the Policymaker: What Should Be The Criteria For Impeaching The President?

Presidential Powers

| America in Perspective: President or Prime Minister?

Running the Government: The Chief Executive

Presidential Leadership of Congress: The Politics of Shared Powers

| Why It Matters: The President’s Veto

The President and National Security Policy

| Why It Matters: War Powers

Power from the People: The Public Presidency

| Young People and Politics: The Generation Gap in Presidential Approval

The President and the Press

Understanding the American Presidency

> MyPoliSciLab Video Series

> MyPoliSciLab Simulation: You Are a First-Term President

> MyPoliSciLab Explorer: What Influences the President’s Public Approval?

 

13. The Budget: The Politics of Taxing and Spending

Politics in Action: The Politics of Budgeting

Federal Revenue and Borrowing

| Why It Matters: The Progressive Income Tax

| Why It Matters: Deficit Spending

| Young People and Politics: Education and the Federal Tax Code

| America in Perspective: How Big Is The Tax Burden?

Federal Expenditures

| Why It Matters: “Uncontrollable” Expenditures A Point To Ponder

The Budgetary Process

| You Are the Policymaker: Balancing the Budget

Understanding Budgeting

> MyPoliSciLab Video Series

> MyPoliSciLab Simulation: You are a President During a Budget Crisis

> MyPoliSciLab Explorer: How High are Your Taxes?

 

14. The Federal Bureaucracy

Politics in Action: Regulating Food

The Bureaucrats

| Why It Matters: The Merit System

How the Federal Bureaucracy Is Organized

| Why It Matters: Independent Regulatory Commissions

Bureaucracies as Implementers

| Young People and Politics: Drug Offenses and Financial Aid

| Why It Matters: Bureaucratic Resources

| A Point to Ponder

Privatization

Bureaucracies as Regulators

| You Are the Policymaker: How Should We Regulate?

Controlling the Bureaucracy

| America in Perspective: Influencing Independent Agencies

Understanding Bureaucracies

> MyPoliSciLab Video Series

> MyPoliSciLab Simulation: You Are Head of FEMA

> MyPoliSciLab Explorer: What Puts the ‘Big’ in Big Government?

 

15. The Federal Courts 

Politics in Action: Finding Justice in the Supreme Court                                 

The Nature of the Judicial System

The Structure of the Federal Judicial System

The Politics of Judicial Selection

| Why It Matters: Judicial Election

| Why It Matters: Senatorial Courtesy

The Backgrounds of Judges and Justices

The Courts as Policymakers

| A Point to Ponder

| Why It Matters: The Lack of a Judicial Bureaucracy

The Courts and Public Policy: An Historical Review

| Young People and Politics: The Supreme Court Is Closer Than You Think

| America in Perspective: The Tenure of Supreme Court Judges

Understanding the Courts

| You Are the Policymaker: The Debate over Judicial Activism

> MyPoliSciLab Video Series

> MyPoliSciLab Simulation: You Are a Supreme Court Clerk

> MyPoliSciLab Explorer: Who Are the Activist Judges?

 

PART IV: POLICIES

 

16. Economic and Social Welfare Policymaking 

Politics in Action: The Debate over the Ryan Budget Plan

Economic Policymaking

| Young People and Politics: Unemployment Rates by Age and Race/Ethnicity, 2011

| Why It Matters: Interest Rates

| Why It Matters: Keynesian vs. Supply-side economics

| A Point to Ponder

Types of Social Welfare Policies

| Why It Matters: Perceptions of Poverty

Income, Poverty, and Public Policy

Helping the Poor? Social Policy and Poverty

| Why It Matters: The 1996 Reform of Welfare

| You Are the Policymaker: Should Government Benefits Be Denied To Illegal Immigrants?

Social Security: Living on Borrowed Time

Social Welfare Policy Elsewhere

| America in Perspective: Parental Leave Policies

Understanding Economic and Social Welfare Policy

> MyPoliSciLab Video Series

> MyPoliSciLab Simulation: You are a Federal Reserve Chair

> MyPoliSciLab Explorer: Who Broke the Economy?

 

17. Policymaking for Health Care, the Environment, and Energy

Politics in Action: The President Tries to Reform Health Care

Health Care Policy

| America in Perspective: The Costs and Benefits of Health Care

| Young People and Politics: Health Insurance, Emergency Rooms, and Young Americans

| Why It Matters: National Health Insurance

Environmental Policy

| You Are the Policymaker: How Much Should We Do To Save A Species? The Florida Manatee

| Why It Matters: NIMBY

| Why It Matters: Global Warming

Energy Policy

| A Point to Ponder

Understanding Health Care, Environmental, and Energy Policy

> MyPoliSciLab Video Series

> MyPoliSciLab Simulation: You Are an OMB Staffer

> MyPoliSciLab Explorer: Is Health Care a Public Good?

 

18. National Security Policymaking 

Politics in Action: A New Threat        

American Foreign Policy: Instruments, Actors, and Policymakers

| A Point to Ponder

American Foreign Policy through the Cold War

American Foreign Policy and the War on Terrorism

Defense Policy

| Why It Matters: The Defense Budget

The New National Security Agenda

| Why It Matters: The Only Superpower

| You Are the Policymaker: Defanging a Nuclear Threat

| Young People and Politics: Embracing Globalization

| Why It Matters: Economic Interdependence

| America in Perspective: Ranking Largesse

Understanding National Security Policymaking

> 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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