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This reader offers succinct overviews of classic ideas and foundations of American government framed by contemporary issues and writings. Students are introduced to the classic debates, institutions, and individuals that shape American politics through key primary documents and shown how these issues remain at the core of policy making today. The included readings highlight questions about contemporary topics such as homeland security and affirmative action without losing touch with the timeless dilemmas of liberty, equality, and power.
1. American Government and the Constitution
1.1 The Second Treatise on Government (1690), John Locke
1.2 The Declaration of Independence (1776)
1.3 The Articles of Confederation (1781)
1.4 The Federalist No.10 and No.51 (1787-1788), James Madison
1.5 Anti-Federalists, Cato No. 3 (1787) and Brutus No. 2 (1787)
1.6 The Declaration of Sentiments (1848)
1.7 I Have a Dream (1963), Martin Luther King, Jr.
1.8 Constitutional Reform and Effective Government (1992), James L. Sundquist
2.1 The Federalist No. 39 (1788), James Madison
2.2 McCulloch v. State of Maryland (1819)
2.3 Hard Road Ahead: Block Grants and the "Devolution Revolution" (1995), Richard P. Nathan
2.4 Keeping the Compound Republic: How Many Communities? (2001), Martha Derthick
3. American Political Culture
3.1 Democracy in America (1835-1840), Alexis de Tocqueville
3.2 Bowling Alone: America's Declining Social Capital (1995), Robert D. Putnam
3.3 Lift Every Voice: A Report on Religion in American Public Life (2001), The Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life; Section 104 of the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act (1996)
4. Public Opinion
4.1 The Phantom Public (1925), Walter Lippmann
4.2 Election Results, Rally Effects, and Democratic Futures(2003), John J. DiIulio, Jr.
4.3 Culture War? The Myth of a Polarized America (2005), Morris P. Fiorina
5. Political Participation
5.1 The Responsible Electorate (1966), V.O. Key, Jr.
5.2 The Myth of the Vanishing Voter (2001), Michael P. McDonald and Samuel L. Popkin
5.3 Engaging Youth: Combating the Apathy of Young Americans Toward Politics (2003), Kevin Mattson
5.4 Martin P. Wattenberg, Where Have All the Voters Gone? (2002), Martin P. Wattenberg
6. Political Parties and Interest Groups
6.1 The Nader Calculation (2004), William Schneider; Nader Is Left with Fewer Votes, and Friends, After '04 Race (2004), Scott Shane
6.2 Dynamics of the Party System: Alignment and Realignment of Political Parties in the United States (1983), James L. Sundquist
6.3 The Social Basis of Politics (2004), Stephen J. Wayne
6.4 The Semisovereign People: A Realist's View of Democracy in America (1960), E.E. Schattschneider
6.5 Showdown at Gucci Gulch: Lawmakers, Lobbyists, and the Unlikely Triumph of Tax Reform (1987), Jeffrey H. Birnbaum and Alan S. Murray
7. Elections and Campaigns
7.1 Theories of Retrospective Voting (1981), Morris P. Fiorina
7.2 The Setting: Valence Politics in Modern Elections (1993), Donald E. Stokes and John J. DiIulio, Jr.
7.3 Even with Campaign Finance Law, Money Talks Louder Than Ever (2004), Glen Justice
7.4 Reforming the Electoral System (2004), Stephen J. Wayne
8. The Media
8.1 Whereas, He Is an Old Boy, If a Young Chief, Honor Him (1994), Maureen Dowd
8.2 Spin Cycle: How the White House and the Media Manipulate the News (1998), Howard Kurtz
8.3 President's Criticism of Media Resonates, But Iraq Unease Grows (2003), The Pew Research Center for the People and the Press
8.4 Media Research Center Report: The Liberal Media (2004), Rich Noyes
9.1 The Federalist No. 57 (1788), Alexander Hamilton or James Madison
9.2 The Federalist No. 63 (1788), Alexander Hamilton or James Madison
9.3 Congress: The Electoral Connection (1974), David R. Mayhew
9.4 Home Style: House Members in Their Districts (1978), Richard F. Fenno, Jr.
9.5 Policymaking in Congress. Congress as Watchdog Asleep on the Job? (2007), David Nather; Intelligence Panel's Mission Corroded by Air of Distrust (2004), Helen Fessenden; Senate Races Against the Nuclear Clock on Judges (2005), David Nather; Congress Skirts Issue with Sham Disaster Plan (2004), Norman Ornstein
10.1 The Federalist No. 70 (1788), Alexander Hamilton
10.2 Presidential Power and the Modern Presidents (1990), Richard E. Neustadt
10.3 The Presidential Difference (2004), Fred I. Greenstein
10.4 The Two Presidencies (1966), Aaron Wildavsky,
11.1 Improving Government Performance: An Owner's Manual (1993), John J. DiIulio, Jr., Gerald Garvey, and Donald F. Kettl
11.2 The 9/11 Commission Report: Final Report of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States (2004)
11.3 Government by Proxy: A Faithful Overview (March 2003), John J. DiIulio, Jr.
11.4 Bureaucracy: What Government Agencies Do and Why They Do It (1989), James Q. Wilson
12. The Judiciary
12.1 The Federalist No. 78 (1788), Alexander Hamilton
12.2 Marbury v. Madison (1803)
12.3 A Matter of Interpretation: Federal Courts and the Law (1997), Antonin Scalia
12.4 Active Liberty: Interpreting Our Democratic Constitution (2005), Stephen Breyer
13. Civil Liberties and Civil Rights
13.1 Brandenburg v. Ohio (1969)
13.2 Santa Fe Independent School District v. Doe (2000)
13.3 Brown v. Board of Education (1954)
13.4 Gideon v. Wainwright (1963)
13.5 Grutter v. Bollinger (2003)
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Classic Ideas and Current Issues in American Government: Instructor’s Resource Manual
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