A political science text for the 21st Century, DEMOCRACY UNDER PRESSURE has provided well over a million students with a comprehensive look at the fundamentals of American Government. Milton Cummings, a respected scholar and academic, and David Wise, a best selling author and political analyst, bring their talents to bear on a text that conveys a balanced, realistic guide to American politics while describing the institutions of American government. In this 2006 election year update edition, the theme of "democracy under pressure" is highlighted fully in the narrative and in the boxed features. The text includes a discussion of the systems approach--a framework of analysis that discusses the political process in terms of inputs and outputs--as well as a key question and related questions to consider in each chapter. DEMOCRACY UNDER PRESSURE focuses throughout on the gap that exists between rhetoric and reality in government today. Streamlined content in this edition makes the book even more accessible and appealing to students and instructors alike.
Table of Contents
Part I: THE AMERICAN DEMOCRACY.
1. Government and the People.
2. The Constitutional Framework.
3. The Federal System.
4. Civil Liberties and Citizenship.
5. The Struggle for Equal Rights.
Part II: POLITICS AND PEOPLE.
6. Public Opinion.
7. Interest Groups.
8. The Media and Politics.
9. Political Parties.
10. Political Campaigns and Candidates.
11. Voting Behavior and Elections.
Part III: THE POLICYMAKERS.
12. The Congress.
13. The President.
14. The Bureaucracy.
Part IV: GOVERNMENT IN OPERATION.
16. Foreign Policy and National Security.
17. Government and the Economy.
18. Promoting the General Welfare.
Part V: THE AMERICAN COMMUNITY.
19. State and Local Government.
The Declaration of Independence.
The Constitution of the United States of America.
Presidents of the United States.
Selections from the Federalist Papers.
Presidential Election Results, 1940-2004.