American Government: Readings and Cases (18th Edition)

Peter Woll

Published by Longman 2009-02-22, 2009
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Synopsis: With an even stronger focus on the U.S. Constitution in the post 9/11 world, the Eighteenth Edition of this best-selling reader in American government puts students directly in touch with the great authors and political leaders who have shaped€”and are shaping€”American government. The bestselling American government reader for over 40 years, this anthology continues to provide a strong, balanced blend of classic selections that illustrate and amplify important concepts in American government, along with current readings and cases drawn from today's headlines.

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  • This book has been developed to serve as either an ancillary or a core textbook
  • Extensive notes prepare, connect, and comment on the selections, presenting a more coherent narrative than in other readers.
  • An in-depth but accessible analysis by the author precedes each set of readings/cases to create context, prime the students for key points they'll encouter, and foster critical thinking.
  • An instructor’s manual, extensive lecture notes, and sample American Government syllabus helps instructors to quickly adapt the reader to their course.
  • The core readings of the text illustrate the historical  foundations of American government, and provide students with a sense of our political heritage.  Key concepts and topics covered include:
    • John Locke’s theory of government by consent
    • Madison’s constitutional model of balance and deliberative government in the national interest
    • Hamilton’s model of strong presidential government
    • The Supreme Court’s role in constitutional interpretation, government, and politics
    • The Bill of Rights and the Supreme Court’s interpretation of it
    • The constitutional and political basis of our federal system, highlighted by contemporary developments
    • The importance of Federalist 10 and Madison’s view of factions and special interests
    • The party model of government and the role of parties in the political process
    • How special interests shape our governmental process and policies
    • The characteristics of the presidency and contrasting theories of presidential power
    • Edmund Burke’s Speech to the Electors of Bristol on the proper role of elected representatives
    • The theories of David Mayhew, Richard Fenno, Morris Fiorina, Lawrence Dodd, and Nelson Polsby on Congress 
    • How Supreme Court Justices think as they write their opinions, citing examples from William H. Rehnquist, Sandra Day O’Connor, and Antonin Scalia in the privacy area.
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    This new edition provides new content on both historic context and modern examples of the reading of the Constitution. 

     

    • Includes the 2008 Supreme Court decision in Boumediene v. Bush, upholding the authority of federal courts to issue writs of habeas corpus to enemy aliens.
    • A new reading on the role of interest groups in government, an issue raised throughout the 2008 presidential election and one of Barack Obama's key talking points.
    • A provocative new reading on the democratic paradox of campaign finance reform, a contentious issue in the 2008 presidential election between Republican John McCain and Democrat Barack Obama.
    • A new section on the right to vote with the classic case Gomillion v. Lightfoot (1960) on racial discrimination in voting.
    • Presidential scholar Edward S. Corwin contributes an article contrasting constitutional perspectives on presidential power.
    • A new reading focuses on James Madison's views at the Constitutional Convention on the role of federalism in a balanced governmental system, and a 1890 article from the Harvard Law Review discusses the constitutional basis of privacy

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    Title: American Government: Readings and Cases (...
    Publisher: Longman 2009-02-22
    Publication Date: 2009
    Binding: Paperback
    Book Condition: Good
    Edition: 18.

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