Issues in American Political Life: Money, Violence and Biology

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A core text for undergraduate courses in American Public Policy, or supplemental reading in such courses as Introduction to American Government or Politics, American Public Policy Analysis, Introduction to Political Science.  A substantive alternative to typical "issues" texts-which cover too many issues, too superficially-this intriguing and comprehensive text offers a more in-depth and coherent approach to contemporary policy problems and solutions. It provides a conceptual framework in which students can become comfortable actually doing policy analysis, and in learning skills beyond reading about certain political issues. Thematically organized, it looks at nine specific issues grouped into three broad categories that hold an enduring importance in American political life-money and politics, violence and politics, and biology and politics. All nine chapters and their respective topics (campaigns, corruption, welfare, crime, terrorism, arms control, the environment, biomedical issues, and biotechnology) have a strong conceptual base with current political dimensions and policy concerns woven throughout. Students not only learn the context, status, and prospects of issues confronting the U.S. government, but also see how these issues now cross our domestic borders into a global realm.

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This text is an introduction to the nature of major policy issues confronting American society and government as we approach the year 2000.

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Thematically organized, this intriguing volume looks at 9 specific contemporary political issues grouped into three broad categories that hold an enduring importance in American political life--money and politics, violence and politics, and biology and politics. All nine chapters and their respective topics (campaigns, corruption, welfare, crime, terrorism, arms control, the environment, biomedical issues, and biotechnology) have a strong conceptual base with current political dimensions and policy concerns woven throughout. Readers not only learn the context, status, and prospects of issues confronting the US government, but also see how these issues now cross our domestic borders into a global realm. The Politics of Poverty and the Welfare State. The Politics of Health Care. Money in Public Office: Campaign Finance, Graft, and Corruption. The Politics of Crime in America. The Politics of Terrorism. Arms Racing and Arms Control. Biomedical Issues. Biotechnology. The Ecological Crisis. For anyone interested in contemporary American political issues.

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