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See who gets what, when, and how in American politics
Politics in America introduces students to the political struggles that drive democracy, examining the participants, the stakes, the processes, and the institutional arenas that comprise the power game of American politics. Using Harold Lasswell’s classic definition of politics — “who gets what, when, and how” — as their unifying framework, authors Thomas Dye and Ronald Keith Gaddie present balanced arguments on highly sensitive issues including abortion, gun control, same-sex marriage, marijuana decriminalization, and immigration reform. In order to boost student engagement, the 2014 Elections and Updates Edition incorporates coverage of contemporary issues that dominate today’s headlines, as well as the most up-to-date data.
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About the Author
is the Jonathan N. Helfat Distinguished Professor of Political Science and the Founder and Director Emerita of the Women & Politics Institute at American University. Before coming to American University, Karen taught political science for seventeen years at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, where she was the first woman to receive the university’s highest teaching award. She has been recognized by several associations as the most outstanding woman in political science and public administration as well as by the Southern Political Science Association (SPSA) for her contributions to the discipline. She has served on the American Political Science Association (APSA) and SPSA councils and as chair of the Law and Courts and Women and Politics Research sections of the APSA.
Larry J. Sabato is the founder and director of the University of Virginia Center for Politics. A Rhodes Scholar, Sabato has taught more than tens of thousands of students in his career at Oxford University, Cambridge University, and the University of Virginia. At the University of Virginia, Sabato has received every major teaching award, including the university’s highest honor, the Thomas Jefferson Award. In 2013 Prof. Sabato won an Emmy award for the documentary Out of Order, which he produced to highlight the dysfunctional U.S. Senate, and in 2014, Professor Sabato received a second Emmy award for the PBS documentary based on his New York Times bestseller The Kennedy Half-Century. Sabato directs the Crystal Ball website, which has an unparalleled record of accuracy in predicting U.S. elections. For more information, visit http://www.centerforpolitics.org.
Alixandra B. Yanus is Assistant Professor of Political Science at High Point University, where she teaches courses in American government and gender and politics. She is also co-director of the Women and Gender Equality (W.A.G.E.) Leadership Project. She holds a B.A. in Political Science from American University and a M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her scholarly research has been accepted for publication in peer-reviewed venues including Social Science Quarterly, Politics & Gender, and Women, Politics, & Public Policy, and in book chapters published by Oxford University Press, CQ Press, and Sage.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Government by the People
PART I: CONSTITUTIONAL PRINCIPLES
1. Constitutional Democracy
2. Constitutional Foundations
3. American Federalism
PART II: THE POLITICAL PROCESS
4. The American Political Landscape
5. Interest Groups: The Politics of Influence
6. Political Parties: Essential to Democracy
7. Public Opinion, Ideology, Participation, and Voting
8. Campaigns and Elections: Democracy in Action
9. The Media and U.S. Politics
PART III: POLICY-MAKING INSTITUTIONS
10. Congress: The People's Branch
11. The Presidency
12. The Federal Bureaucracy and the Public Policy Process: Creating and Executing the Laws
13. The Judiciary: The Balancing Branch
PART IV: RIGHTS AND LIBERTIES
14. Civil Liberties: Protections Under the Bill of Rights
15. Civil Rights: Equal Rights Under the Law
PART V: THE POLITICS OF NATIONAL POLICY
16. Making Economic Policy
17. Making Social Policy
18. Making Foreign and Defense Policy
Conclusion: Sustaining Constitutional Democracy