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Politics in America, Texas Edition, CourseSmart eTextbook, 9th Edition

By Thomas R. Dye, Bartholomew H. Sparrow, L. Tucker Gibson, Clay Robison

Published by Pearson

Published Date: Apr 18, 2011

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In 1936, Harold Lasswell defined politics as a struggle over the allocation of values and resources in a society.  More precisely, he defined politics as a contest over “who gets what, when, and how” —  a competition for resources.  In Politics in America, Tom Dye employs this classic, and still resonant, definition as the lens through which he examines the foundations, institutions, behaviors, and policies of the American political system.


Written in an accessible, almost folksy style — and tinged with some old-fashioned, conservative snark —  Dye’s text provides straightforward, descriptive coverage of American politics and government. 

Table of Contents


1. Politics: Who Gets What, When, and How
2. Political Culture: Ideas in Conflict



3. The Constitution: Limiting Governmental Power
4. Federalism: Dividing Governmental Power



5. Opinion and Participation: Thinking and Acting in Politics
6. Mass Media: Setting the Political Agenda
7. Political Parties: Organizing Politics
8. Campaigns and Elections: Deciding Who Governs
9. Interest Groups: Getting Their Share and More



10. Congress: Politics on Capitol Hill
11. The President: White House Politics
12. The Bureaucracy: Bureaucratic Politics
13. Courts: Judicial Politics



14. Politics and Personal Liberty
15. Politics and Civil Rights
16. Politics and the Economy
17. Politics and Social Welfare
18. Politics and National Security



19. The Social and Economic Milieu of Texas Politics

20. The Texas Constitution

21. Interest Groups, Political Parties, and Elections in Texas

22. The Texas Legislature

23. The Texas Executive and Bureaucracy

24. The Texas Judiciary

25. Local Government in Texas

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