Description : A study of congressional government, written by Woodrow Wilson as a student. It covers: the need for a federal constitution; the functions of the House of Representatives; taxation and financial administration; the Senate's role in the legislative process; the electoral system; and more.
Description : Bessette/Pitney’s AMERICAN GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS: DELIBERATION, DEMOCRACY AND CITIZENSHIP, First Edition, is based on the idea of deliberative democracy: political systems work best when informed citizens and public officials deliberate to identify and promote the common good. Emphasizing citizenship, the text examines the way that civic culture and immigration impact students and shape the country. It offers solid historical coverage and a close look at civic responsibility. Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.
Description : This Election Update edition of Bessette/Pitney’s AMERICAN GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS: DELIBERATION, DEMOCRACY AND CITIZENSHIP, is complete with 2010 election information. Like its previous edition, the text has three underlying principles: Citizenship, History and Democracy. Via two unique chapters -- Chapter 4: American Citizenship and Chapter 5: Civic Culture -- authors Joseph Bessette and John Pitney, Jr. examine the way that civic culture shapes the country and take a close look at civic responsibility. Deliberative democracy -- the concept that political systems work best when informed citizens and public officials deliberate to identify and promote the common good -- is considered throughout the text. Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.
Description : In recent years, many Americans and more than a few political scientists have come to believe that democratic deliberation in Congress—whereby judgments are made on the merits of policies reflecting the interests and desires of American citizens—is more myth than reality. Rather, pressure from special interest groups, legislative bargaining, and the desire of incumbents to be reelected are thought to originate in American legislative politics. While not denying such influences, Joseph M. Bessette argues that the institutional framework created by the founding fathers continues to foster a government that is both democratic and deliberative, at least to some important degree. Drawing on original research, case studies of policymaking in Congress, and portraits of American lawmakers, Bessette demonstrates not only the limitations of nondeliberative explanations for how laws are made but also the continued vitality of genuine reasoning on the merits of public policy. Bessette discusses the contributions of the executive branch to policy deliberation, and looks at the controversial issue of the proper relationship of public opinion to policymaking. Informed by Bessette's nine years of public service in city and federal government, The Mild Voice of Reason offers important insights into the real workings of American democracy, articulates a set of standards by which to assess the workings of our governing institutions, and clarifies the forces that promote or inhibit the collective reasoning about common goals so necessary to the success of American democracy. "No doubt the best-publicized recent book-length work on Congress is columnist George Will's diatribe in praise of term limits in which the core of his complaint is that Congress does not deliberate in its decision-making. Readers who are inclined to share that fantasy would do well to consult the work of Joseph M. Bessette. He turns up massive amounts of material attesting to the centrality of deliberation in congressional life."—Nelson W. Polsby, Presidential Studies Quarterly
Description : Reviews the 1988 and 1992 elections, the federal budget process, judicial decisions in civil liberties and civil rights. This book also addresses the politicization of the judicial appointment process.
Description : This popular brief edition text for the one-semester or one-quarter American Government course maintains the framework of Wilson's comprehensive text, emphasizing the historical development of the American political system, who governs, and to what ends. AMERICAN GOVERNMENT, BRIEF VERSION, TENTH EDITION offers new coverage of such key and emerging issues as the 2010 campaigns and elections; leadership of President Obama and the 111th Congress; the economic downturn and new policies to combat the crisis; healthcare reform; recent changes to the Supreme Court; same-sex marriage; and the war in Afghanistan. The text also emphasizes critical thinking skills throughout and includes many tools to help students maximize their study efforts ... and results. Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.
Description : For many, American politics and government have never been more interesting--or more important. A new four-color design, up-to-date political news and analysis and an affordable price make AMERICAN GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS TODAY, Brief Edition, 2018-2019, an ideal resource to engage today's learners. Authors Schmidt, Shelley and Bardes help students understand America's complex and fascinating political system--and show them how they can participate in the political process. Praised for its balanced coverage, clarity and readability, the text examines all the key concepts of American Government while providing interesting features that focus on active citizenship. The tenth edition gives ample space to the rise of Donald Trump, his populist campaign and use of the media as well as to other current topics such as security leaks, government surveillance and voting restrictions. Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.
Description : Budgetary Politics in American Governments, unlike most public budgeting texts, takes a comparative approach to the subject of public budgeting, examining budgetary politics at the federal, state, and local government levels. Students are introduced to the budgetary decision making process, taxation, spending, budget execution and financial management as well as the budget process at each level of government. Thoroughly updated but preserving much of the third edition's structure and approach, this fourth edition contains a new chapter that will introduce students to the interrelationship of economics and politics in budgeting.