The Complete Idiot's Guide to U.S. Government and Politics, 1st Edition

  • Franco Scardino
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  • ISBN-10: 1101054573
  • ISBN-13: 9781101054574
  • DDC: 320.473
  • Grade Level Range: 9th Grade - 12th Grade +
  • 400 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2009 | Published/Released January 2013
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2009

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The governed must know their government. Understanding how our government functions and the political forces that influence it is vital for all Americans. As a comprehensive overview and history of the subject, this book is designed to help anyone interested in learning about our government and the origins of its complex inner workings, our political system, and key elements that have affected our growth as a nation, all while serving as the best supplementary reading a student can get.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Contents at a Glance.
1: The American System.
2: Principles of Government.
3: The Constitution.
4: Federalism.
5: The Political Process.
6: American Political Culture.
7: American Ideology and Public Opinion.
8: Political Parties.
9: Campaigns and Elections.
10: Political Participation and Voting.
11: The Legislative Branch.
12: Congress.
13: The House of Representatives.
14: The Senate.
15: How Laws are Created.
16: The Executive Branch.
17: The Presidency.
18: The Bureaucracy: A Government at Work.
19: The Judicial Branch.
20: The Federal Court System.
21: Civil Liberties.
22: Civil Rights.
23: The Politics of Public Policy.
24: Interest Groups.
25: The Media.
26: The Policy-Making Process.
27: Economic Policy, Foreign Policy, and National Defense.
28: Social and Environmental Policies.
Appendix A: Glossary.
Appendix B: The U.S. Constitution.
Appendix C: Major Government Department and Agencies.
Appendix D: U.S. Citizenship Test.