Government By The People, Brief 2012 Election Edition, Books A La Carte Edition

Loose Leaf | December 21, 2012

byDavid B. Magleby, Paul C. Light, Christine L. Nemacheck

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Explore American politics through the Constitution

 

Government by the People, Brief 2012 Election Edition offers the most classroom-tested introduction to the foundational principles, processes, and institutions of American government but in a more streamlined and flexible format. Emphasizing the accomplishments of a government of the people, by the people, and for the people, this text highlights the central role people play in a constitutional democracy. Government by the People, Brief 2012 Election Edition inspires students to see how similarities and differences in political beliefs continue to shape government today

  

This text features full integration with the New MyPoliSciLab.  MyPoliSciLab includes a wide array of resources to encourage students to look at American politics like a political scientist and analyze current political issues.  Political Explorer lets students play the role of a political scientist by investigating issues through interactive data.  Core Concept videos discuss the big ideas in each chapter and apply them to key political issues. Simulations allow students to experience how political leaders make decisions.

 

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Explore American politics through the Constitution   Government by the People, Brief 2012 Election Edition offers the most classroom-tested introduction to the foundational principles, processes, and institutions of American government but in a more streamlined and flexible format. Emphasizing the accomplishments of a gove...

David B. Magleby is a Distinguished Professor of Political Science and Senior Research Fellow at the Center for the Study of Elections and Democracy at Brigham Young University (BYU). He is nationally recognized for his expertise on direct democracy, voting behavior, and campaign finance. Dave is also the recipient of many teaching aw...

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Format:Loose LeafDimensions:576 pages, 10.6 × 8.4 × 0.8 inPublished:December 21, 2012Publisher:Pearson EducationLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. Brief Table of Contents

2. Full Table of Contents

 

1. Brief Table of Contents

 

Introduction: Government by the People 

 

PART I: CONSTITUTIONAL PRINCIPLES

 

Chapter 1: Constitutional Democracy

Chapter 2: American Federalism

 

PART II: THE POLITICAL PROCESS

 

Chapter 3: The American Political Landscape

Chapter 4: Political Parties and Interest Groups

Chapter 5: Public Opinion, Ideology, and Participation

Chapter 6: Campaigns and Elections

 

PART III: POLICY MAKING INSTITUTIONS

 

Chapter 7: Congress

Chapter 8: The Presidency

Chapter 9: The Federal Bureaucracy and the Public Policy Process

Chapter 10: The Judiciary

 

PART IV: INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS AND LIBERTIES

 

Chapter 11: Civil Liberties

Chapter 12: Civil Rights

 

PART V: THE POLITICS OF NATIONAL POLICY

 

Chapter 13: Making Economic and Social Welfare Policy

Chapter 14: Making Foreign and Defense Policy

Conclusion: Sustaining Constitutional Democracy

 


2. Full Table of Contents

 

Introduction. Government by the People

The Idea of America

A Distinctive Constitutional Democracy

Government Of, By, and For the People

Of the People: From the Mayflower to Today

By the People: Geoffrey Canada and the Harlem Children’s Zone

For the People: Making Government by the People More of a Reality

The Global Community: Opinion of the United States

 

PART I: CONSTITUTIONAL PRINCIPLES

 

1. Constitutional Democracy

U.S. Government and Politicians in Context

Defining Democracy

The Global Community Importance of Freedoms

The Constitutional Convention Of 1787

Of the People: The Constitutional Convention

To Adopt Or Not To Adopt?

Constitutional Foundations

By the People: Becoming an American Citizen

Checking Power with Power

Judicial Review and the “Guardians of the Constitution”

For the People: Establishing a Durable Constitution

Constitutional Change

You Will Decide: Should We Interpret the Constitution according To Original Intent or Today’s Needs?

> MyPoliSciLab Video Series

> MyPoliSciLab Video Series Simulation: You Are a Founder

> MyPoliSciLab Video Series Explorer: How Long Did It Take To Ratify The Constitution?

 

2. American Federalism

Defining Federalism

Of the People: Global Opinion on the Role of Government

Of the People: Where Americans Come From and Where They Live

The Constitutional Structure of American Federalism

The National Courts and Federalism

By the People: Monitoring the National Stimulus Package

The National Budget as a Tool of Federalism

The Politics of Federalism

You Will Decide: Should The No Child Left Behind Act Be Renewed?

> MyPoliSciLab Video Series

> MyPoliSciLab Simulation: You Are a Federal Judge

> MyPoliSciLab Explorer: Which States Win Or Lose The Federal Aid Game?

 

PART II: THE POLITICAL PROCESS

 

3. The American Political Landscape

An Exceptional America

Geography and National Identity

The Global Community: Restricting Immigration

Where We Live

Who We Are

Of the People: A More Diverse Population

You Will Decide: Who Should The Census Count, And How Should They Be Counted?

By the People: Improving Literacy

How Much We Own

For the People: Increasing Access for the Disabled

Unity in a Land Of Diversity

> MyPoliSciLab Video Series

> MyPoliSciLab Video Series Simulation: You Are a City Council Member

> MyPoliSciLab Video Series Explorer: Can You Get Ahead In America?

 

4. Political Parties and Interest Groups

What Parties Do For Democracy

The Global Community: A Competitive Two-Party System

American Parties Today

Of the People: Portrait of the Electorate

How Parties Raise and Spend Money

A Nation of Interests

Characteristics and Power of Interest Groups

Influencing Government: Lobbyists and Spending

For the People: Disclosure of Lobbyist Activity

You Will Decide: Should Corporations And Unions Be Unlimited In Funding Parties And In Running Issue Ads?

Parties and Interest Groups in a Democracy

By the People: Lobbying For Education Policy

> MyPoliSciLab Video Series

> MyPoliSciLab Explorer: Which Party Governs Better?

> MyPoliSciLab Simulation: You Are a Lobbyist

 

5. Public Opinion, Ideology, and Participation

Forming Political Opinions and Values

By the People: Improving Literacy

Political Ideology and Attitudes toward Government

The Global Community: Free Market Economy

Public Opinion: Taking the Pulse of the People

Participation: Translating Opinions into Action

For the People: Helping America Vote

Of the People: Voter Turnout by Demographic Factors

Voting Choices

You Will Decide: Should We Allow Voting By Mail and On the Internet

> MyPoliSciLab Video Series

> MyPoliSciLab Simulation: You Are a Polling Consultant

> MyPoliSciLab Explorer: How Are People Involved In Politics?

 

6. Campaigns, Elections and the Media

Elections: The Rules of the Game

The Global Community: Who Makes A Better Political Leader?

Congressional and Presidential Elections

By the People: Volunteering For a Campaign

You Will Decide: Should We Establish A National Presidential Primary?

Money in U.S. Elections

The Changing Landscape Of the U.S. News Media

For the People: Creating the Internet

Of the People: Toward a More Representative Newsroom

Media Influence

> MyPoliSciLab Video Series

> MyPoliSciLab Simulation: You Are a Newspaper Editor

> MyPoliSciLab Explorer: Is The Electoral College Democratic?

 

PART III: POLICY MAKING INSTITUTIONS

 

7. Congress

Congressional Elections

Of the People: Members of Congress

The Structure and Powers of Congress

Congressional Leadership and Committees

For the People: Building a Strong Defense

Of the People: How the World View the United Nations

How a Bill Becomes a Law

The Job of the Legislator

You Will Decide: Should Congress Create A College Football Playoff?

By the People: Staying In Touch With Congress

An Assessment of Congress

> MyPoliSciLab Video Series

> MyPoliSciLab Simulation: You Are a Consumer Advocate

> MyPoliSciLab Explorer: Can Congress Get Anything Done?

 

8. The Presidency

The Structure and Powers of the Presidency

Of the People: Opinions of Barack Obama

Controversies in Presidential Power

You Will Decide: Should the Two-Term Limit Be Repealed

Managing the Presidency

Of the People: The President’s Cabinet

The President’s Job

Congress and the Presidency

By the People: Public Service through the White House Blog

Judging Presidents

For the People: Reducing Nuclear Weapons

> MyPoliSciLab Video Series

> MyPoliSciLab Simulation: You Are a First-Term President

> MyPoliSciLab Explorer: What Influences The President's Public Approval?

 

9. The Federal Bureaucracy and the Public Policy Process

Understanding the Federal Bureaucracy: Constitutional

Of the People: Global Views of Bribery

Origins, Organizations, and Employees

You Will Decide: Should You Apply For A Federal Job?

The Job of the Federal Bureaucracy

For the People: Bringing Sunshine to Government

Controlling the Federal Bureaucracy

By the People: Joining the “Transparency Corps”

Defining Public Policy

The Public Policy Process

Citizens and Public Policy

> MyPoliSciLab Video Series

> MyPoliSciLab Simulation: You Are Head of FEMA

> MyPoliSciLab Explorer: What Puts The 'Big' In Big Government?

 

10. The Judiciary

Understanding the Federal Judiciary

The Three Types of Federal Courts

By the People: Create a Space of Her Own: A Partnership between Courts and the Arts

For the People: Reducing Crime

The Politics of Appointing Federal Judges

Of the People: Diversity in the Federal Courts

You Will Decide: Should The Federal Courts Be Active?

How the Supreme Court Decides

The Global Community: Importance of an Impartial Judiciary

Judicial Power and Its Limits

> MyPoliSciLab Video Series

> MyPoliSciLab Simulation: You Are a Supreme Court Clerk

> MyPoliSciLab Explorer: Who Are The Activist Judges?

 

PART IV: INDIVIDUAL LIBERTIES AND RIGHTS

 

11. Civil Liberties

The Basis for Our Civil Liberties

First Amendment Freedoms

The Global Community: Separating Government from Religion

Of the People: Religious Diversity in the United States

Property Rights

Due Process Rights

Privacy Rights

Rights of Criminal Suspects

For the People: Protecting Sixth Amendment Rights Of Indigent Defendants

You Will Decide: Should We End The Death Penalty In The United States?

Protecting Our Civil Liberties in an Age of Terror: Who’s Responsibility?

By the People: Students for Liberty

> MyPoliSciLab Video Series

> MyPoliSciLab Simulation: You Are a Police Officer

> MyPoliSciLab Explorer: Should The Government Apply The Death Penalty?

 

12. Civil Rights

Equality and Equal Rights

The Quest for Equal Justice

The Global Community: Educating Boys and Girls

Equal Protection Of The Laws: What Does It Mean?

You Will Decide: Should Marriage Be Limited To Heterosexual Couples?

Voting Rights

By the People: Protecting Student Voting Rights

Rights to Equal Access: Accommodations, Jobs, and Homes

For the People: Reducing Workplace Discrimination

Education Rights

Of the People: Affirmative Action and Minority Student Enrollment

Equal Rights Today

> MyPoliSciLab Video Series

> MyPoliSciLab Simulation: You Are a Mayor

> MyPoliSciLab Explorer: Are All Forms Of Discrimination The Same?

 

PART V: THE POLITICS OF NATIONAL POLICY

 

13. Making Economic and Social Welfare Policy

The Role of the Federal Government in Economic Policy

Fiscal Policy

Promoting the Economy

The Role of the Federal Government in Social Policy

Of the People: Experience with Poverty

Social Policy Challenges for the Future: Health, Education, and Crime

By the People: Improving Health One Playground at a Time

The Politics of Social Policy

> MyPoliSciLab Video Series

> MyPoliSciLab Simulation: You Are a Federal Reserve Chair

> MyPoliSciLab Explorer: Who Broke The Economy?

 

14. Making Foreign and Defense Policy

Understanding Foreign Policy and Defense

By the People: Promoting Ethical Investments by Colleges and Universities

The Foreign Policy and Defense Agenda

Of the People: International Support for Ties with Business

The Foreign Policy and Defense Bureaucracy

Of the People: Diversity in the Military

Foreign Policy and Defense Options

For the People: Rebuilding Europe after World War II

You Will Decide: Should Women Engage In Combat?

Prospects for the Future

> MyPoliSciLab Video Series

> MyPoliSciLab Simulation: You Are a President during a Foreign Policy Crisis

> MyPoliSciLab Explorer: How Much Does America Spend On Defense?

 

Conclusion. Sustaining Constitutional Democracy

The Case for Government by the People

Participation and Representation

The Role of the Politician

The Importance of Active Citizenship

 

> MyPoliSciLab Document: The Declaration of Independence

> MyPoliSciLab Document: The Constitution of the United States

> MyPoliSciLab Document: Federalist No. 10

> MyPoliSciLab Document: Federalist No. 15

> MyPoliSciLab Document: Federalist No. 51

> MyPoliSciLab Document: Federalist No. 78

> MyPoliSciLab Document: Anti-Federalist No. 17

> MyPoliSciLab Document: Marbury v. Madison

> MyPoliSciLab Document: McCulloch v. Maryland

> MyPoliSciLab Document: Brown v. Board of Education

> MyPoliSciLab Document: The Gettysburg Address

> MyPoliSciLab Document: Washington’s Farewell Address

Editorial Reviews

“It is important to have a mission, goals, and a well-defined endgame for any project, policy, or effort. Government by the People does that by indicating to the reader where we are going, how we're going to get there, and what we will learn along the way.”–Lawson Veasey, Jacksonville State University   “A well-balanced approach to American culture and government. Government by the People continues to improve with each edition.”–Kevin Sims, Cedarville University   “A comprehensive and great text on American politics that is easily accessible to undergraduate students.”–Linda Trautman, Ohio University-Lancaster