Chapter 1—Introducing Government in America

  1. Politics and Government Matter
  2. Government
  3. Politics
  4. The Policymaking System
  5. Democracy
  6. The Scope of Government in America

Chapter 2—The Constitution

  1. The Origins of the Constitution
  2. The Government That Failed: 1776-1787
  3. Making a Constitution: The Philadelphia Convention
  4. The Agenda in Philadelphia
  5. The Madisonian Model
  6. Ratifying the Constitution
  7. Constitutional Change
  8. Understanding the Constitution

Chapter 3—Federalism

  1. Defining Federalism
  2. The Constitutional Basis of Federalism
  3. Intergovernmental Relations Today
  4. Understanding Federalism

Chapter 4—Civil Liberties and Public Policy

  1. The Bill of Rights: Then and Now
  2. Freedom of Religion
  3. Freedom of Expression
  4. Commercial Speech
  5. Freedom of Assembly
  6. Defendants’ Rights
  7. The Right to Privacy
  8. Understanding Civil Liberties

Chapter 5—Civil Rights and Public Policy

  1. Two Centuries of Struggle
  2. Race, the Constitution, and Public Policy
  3. Women, the Constitution, and Public Policy
  4. Newly Active Groups under the Civil Rights Umbrella
  5. Affirmative Action
  6. Understanding Civil Rights and the Constitution

Chapter 6—Public Opinion and Political Action

  1. The American People
  2. How Americans Learn about Politics: Political Socialization
  3. Measuring Public Opinion and Political Information
  4. What Americans Value: Political Ideologies
  5. How Americans Participate in Politics
  6. Understanding Public Opinion and Political Action

Chapter 7—The Mass Media and the Political Agenda

  1. The Mass Media Today
  2. The Development of the Mass Media
  3. Reporting the News
  4. The News and Public Opinion
  5. The Media’s Agenda-Setting Function
  6. Understanding the Mass Media

Chapter 8—Political Parties

  1. The Meaning of Party
  2. The Party-in-the-Electorate
  3. The Party Organizations: From the Grass Roots to Washington
  4. The Party-in-Government: Promises and Policy
  5. Party Eras in American History
  6. Third Parties: Their Impact on American Politics
  7. Understanding Political Parties

Chapter 9—Nominations and Campaigns

  1. The Nomination Game
  2. The Campaign Game
  3. Money in Campaigns
  4. The Impact of Campaigns
  5. Understanding Nominations and Campaigns

Chapter 10—Elections and Voting Behavior

  1. How American Elections Work
  2. A Tale of Three Elections
  3. 2004: The Ratification of a Polarizing Presidency
  4. Whether to Vote: A Citizen’s First Choice
  5. How Americans Vote: Explaining Citizens’ Decisions
  6. The Last Battle: The Electoral College
  7. Understanding Elections and Voting Behavior

Chapter 11—Interest Groups

  1. The Role of Interest Groups
  2. Theories of Interest Group Politics
  3. What Makes an Interest Group Successful?
  4. The Interest Group Explosion
  5. How Groups Try to Shape Policy
  6. Types of Interest Groups
  7. Understanding Interest Groups

Chapter 12—Congress

  1. The Representatives and Senators
  2. Congressional Elections
  3. How Congress Is Organized to Make Policy
  4. The Congressional Process
  5. Understanding Congress

Chapter 13—The Presidency

  1. The Presidents
  2. Presidential Powers
  3. Running the Government: The Chief Executive
  4. Presidential Leadership of Congress: The Politics of Shared Powers
  5. The President and National Security Policy
  6. Power from the People: The Public Presidency
  7. The President and the Press
  8. Understanding the American Presidency

Chapter 14—The Congress, the President, and the Budget: The Politics of Taxing and Spending

  1. The Government’s Sources of Revenue
  2. Federal Expenditures: Where Revenues Go
  3. The Budgetary Process
  4. Understanding Budgeting

Chapter 15—The Federal Bureaucracy

  1. The Weberian Model of Bureaucracies
  2. The Bureaucrats
  3. How Bureaucracies Are Organized
  4. Bureaucracies as Implementors
  5. Bureaucracies as Regulators
  6. Understanding Bureaucracies

Chapter 16—The Federal Courts

  1. The Nature of the Judicial System
  2. The Structure of the Federal Judicial System
  3. The Politics of Judicial Selection
  4. The Backgrounds of Judges and Justices
  5. The Courts as Policymakers
  6. The Courts and the Policy Agenda
  7. Understanding the Courts

Chapter 17—Economic Policymaking

  1. Government, Politics, and the Economy
  2. Policies for Controlling the Economy
  3. Why It Is Hard to Control the Economy
  4. Arenas of Economic Policymaking
  5. Understanding Economic Policymaking

Chapter 18—Social Welfare Policymaking

  1. What Is Social Policy and Why Is It Controversial?
  2. Income, Poverty, and Public Policy
  3. Helping the Poor? Social Policy and Poverty
  4. Living on Borrowed Time: Social Security
  5. Social Welfare Policy Elsewhere
  6. Understanding Social Welfare Policy

Chapter 19—Policymaking for Healthcare and the Environment

  1. Healthcare Policy
  2. Environmental Policy
  3. Energy Policy
  4. Groups, Energy, and the Environment
  5. Understanding Healthcare and Environmental Policy

Chapter 20—National Security Policymaking

  1. American Foreign Policy: Instruments, Actors, and Policymakers
  2. American Foreign Policy: An Overview
  3. The Politics of Defense Policy
  4. The New Global Agenda
  5. Understanding National Security Policymaking

Chapter 21—The New Face of State and Local Government

  1. State Constitutions
  2. State Elections
  3. Governors and the Executive Branch
  4. State Legislatures
  5. State Court Systems
  6. Direct Democracy
  7. State and Local Government Relations
  8. Local Governments
  9. State and Local Finance Policy
  10. Understanding State and Local Governments