American Politics and Society, 7th Edition
March 2012, Wiley-Blackwell
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List of Figures.
List of Tables.
Preface to the Seventh Edition.
1 Government and the People in a Polarized Society.
The Chapters to Come.
2 Beliefs, Values and American Society.
The Nature of American Beliefs and Values.
Values and American Society.
3 Constitutional Government.
The American Constitution.
The Adaptive Constitution.
Assessing the Constitution.
4 Federalism and Intergovernmental Relations.
Federalism in Theory and Practice.
The Evolution of American Federalism.
The Changing Federal Role.
A Changing Court Role?
The Future of American Federalism.
5 American Political Parties in Transition.
The Functions of Parties.
Crisis and Change in the American Party System.
The Decline and Rise of Political Parties.
Changing Party Ideology: 1970–2010.
Explaining Party Change.
Political Parties Redux.
6 Elections and Political Participation.
Patterns of American Electoral Behaviour.
The ‘American Voter’ Model and the New Deal Coalition.
The Decline of the New Deal Coalition and the Rise of a Divided Electorate.
Non-Electoral Political Participation.
7 The Media and American Politics.
Media Structure and Organization.
Organization and Ownership.
How Biased? The Media and the Political Agenda.
Controlling the Media.
The Media and American Democracy.
8 Congress I: The People’s Branch?
Representation and Congress.
Legislators as Rational Actors.
The Work of Member of Congress.
9 Congress II: Functions and Powers – The Broken Branch?
The Functions of Congress.
The Structure of Power in Congress.
Congress Under Fire.
Reform and Change in Congress.
Is Congress the Broken ‘Branch’?
10 The Presidency I: Powers and Selection.
Formal Sources of Power.
Presidential Selection: Faults and Foibles.
11 The Presidency II: The President as Chief Executive.
The Presidency in a Changing America.
Presidential Abuse of Power and the Congressional Response.
Assessing the Presidency: Presidential Power at Home and Abroad.
12 Bureaucratic Power: Federal Departments and Agencies.
The Federal Bureaucracy: Organization and Function.
The Bureaucracy: How Uncontrollable?
The Inherent Power of Bureaucracy.
The Bureaucratic Hydra: A Uniquely American Phenomenon?
13 The Security State.
The Rise of the Security State.
9/11, the Patriot Act, and the Department of Homeland Security.
Threats to Civil Liberties.
The Security State and American Values.
14 Organized Interests: The Real Power?
Interests, Groups and Lobbyists.
Political Action Committees.
The Washington Lobby.
Interest Groups: For and Against.
15 The Supreme Court and Judicial Politics.
The American Legal System.
The Supreme Court: Decision-Making.
The Supreme Court and Political Power.
The Polarized and Activist Rehnquist and Roberts Courts.
Conclusions: The Court and American Democracy.
16 Regulating Morality: Civil Rights, Liberties and the Conscience Issues.
Regulating Public Morality.
Equality and Civil Rights.
17 Social Policy in America: Self-Reliance and State Dependence.
The Federal Government and Social Welfare in America: The Reluctant Provider.
Social Security, Medicare and the Electoral Connection.
The Continuing Importance of Self-Reliance.
The Federal Government and Education.
18 Managing Economic Change.
State and Economy in the United States.
Ideology and Economic Policy.
Institutions and Economic Policy.
Conclusions: Economic Policy in an Age of Uncertainty.
19 Environmental Politics.
The Emerging Environmental Agenda.
Policy Actors and Institutions.
Political Parties and the Environment.
Conclusions: The Future of Environmental Politics.
20 The American World Role.
The Institutional Context.
American Foreign Policy in the Post-9/11 World.
Conclusions: Bound to Lead or Bound to Fail?
21 The American Political System in an Uncertain World.
Assessing the American Polity.
Reform and Renewal.
Appendix: The Constitution of the United States.