Analyzing American Democracy: Politics and Political Science, 1st Edition

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  • ISBN-10: 1135093334
  • ISBN-13: 9781135093334
  • Grade Level Range: College Freshman - College Senior
  • 752 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2013 | Published/Released October 2015
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2013

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Analyzing American Democracy teaches students to think analytically by presenting current political science theories and research in answering the engaging, big questions facing American politics today. It serves as both an introduction to American politics and to the discipline of political science by reflecting the theoretical developments and empirical inquiry conducted by researchers. Every chapter highlights the most current research and discusses related public policy. It demonstrates for students how to think critically and analytically, bringing theoretical insight to contemporary American politics.

More than just a comprehensive overview and description of how American politics works, Jon Bond and Kevin Smith demonstrate how politics can be studied systematically. Throughout the text, they introduce students to the insights gleaned from rational choice, behavioral, and biological approaches to politics. Understanding these three social scientific models and their applications helps students get the most out of their American government course and out of this text--they learn a way of thinking that they can use to make sense of future challenges facing the American polity.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
1: The Basics of Democracy.
The Constitutional Framework.
2: The Constitutional Framework.
3: Federalism.
4: Civil Liberties.
5: Civil Rights.
Connecting Citizens to Government.
6: Interest Groups.
7: Political Parties.
8: The Mass Media and Politics.
9: Public Opinion and Political Socialization.
10: Elections.
11: Political Participation and Voting Behavior.
Official Decision Making.
12: Congress.
13: The Presidency.
14: The Bureaucracy.
15: The Federal Judiciary.
16: Conclusion.
17: Core Democratic Principles and Public Policy.
Appendix A: The Declaration of Independence.
Appendix B: The Articles of the Confederation (1781).
Appendix C.
Constitution of the United States.
Bill of Rights.
Additional Amendments.
Appendix D.
Federalist Papers Number 10.
Federalist Papers Number 51.
Appendix E: Partisan Control of the Presidency, Congress, and the Supreme Court.
Glossary of Key Terms.
Cases Index.
Name Index.
Subject Index.