"Woven through this text is the unifying theme that American politics represents “conflict and compromise,” in direct opposition to the increasingly commonly held view that all politics is dirty and all politicians are crooks. By presenting a balance of essential factual content with a broad assessment of system dynamics and their policy effects, the authors provide an accessible yet sophisticated overview of American politics. Features: Coherent theme of “conflict versus compromise” in the American political system Consistent examination of American history for institutional development Emphasis on the positive role of citizenship in shaping good government Each chapter is accompanied by primary source readings Concise 12 chapter format"
Table of Contents
Preface -- American Politics -- The Constitution as a Political Document -- Federalism -- Civil Rights and Liberties -- Public Values, Public Opinion, and Mass Media -- Political Parties and Elections -- Interest Groups, Conflict, and Power -- Congress -- The Presidency -- The Federal Bureaucracy -- The Judiciary -- Challenges for American Democracy -- The Declaration of Independence The Constitution of the United States