Power and Politics in America

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This brief introduction to American government features a straightforward, readable presentation of the clash between rivaling interpretations of political institutions and issues. POWER AND POLITICS IN AMERICA uses a spectrum of alternative opinions to present facts and analysis about the fundamentals of American government.

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LEONARD FREEDMAN is Professor Emeritus of Political Science at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), where he was Dean of the university's Continuing Education Division. He currently teaches political satire to UCLA undergraduates and extension students. He is the author of seven books, including Power and Politics in America, Politics and Policy in Britain, and Tension Areas in World Affairs. He wrote and narrated the National Public Radio series, Power in America.

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Part One: Introduction. 1. Five Perspectives on the American Political System. 2. The Constitutional Framework. Part Two: Politics and The People. 3. Public Opinion: Who Cares About Politics? 4. Interest Groups and The Public Interest. 5. Political Parties: Do We Need Them? 6. Elections: Majorities, Media, And Money. Part Three: The Institutions of Government. 7. The Presidency: Power and Frustration. 8. Congress: Obstacle Course or Balance Wheel? 9. The Federal Bureaucracy: A Fourth Branch? 10. The Supreme Court and Constitutional Rights. 11. Federalism: States and Cities. Part Four: Issues in Public Policy. 12. The Economy. 13. Sharing the Wealth: The Welfare State. 14. Race and Ethnicity. 15. The Politics of Gender. 16. Foreign Policy: A New Era. 17. Power and Politics: A Review of the Five Perspectives. Appendix.

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