Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? American Government: Constitutional Democracy Under Pressure highlights the necessary tension between our constitutional principles and institutions and the populist heat that sometimes roils our national politics, especially at the current political moment. Our constitutional democracy has been under pressure for some time, but few would deny that fears for its fate have deepened in just the past few years. We assume that our political institutions will limit and contain contemporary populism, just as the Founders intended and as they have in the past, but will they?

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Jillson uses political development and the dynamics of change as a thematic tool to help students understand how politics works now—and how institutions, participation, and policies have evolved over time to produce this political environment. In addition, Jillson helps students think critically about how American democracy might evolve further, focusing in every chapter on reform and further change.

Includes important Supreme Court events and decisions including the death of Justice Antonin Scalia and the affirmation of gay marriage. Key Focus Questions at the beginning of every chapter prepare students for the major points to be covered. Key terms are defined in the margins on the page where they appear, helping students understand important concepts in context.

End-of-chapter summaries, suggested readings, and web resources help students master the material and guide them to further critical investigation of important concepts and topics. Jillson is a frequent media commentator on Texas and national politics. Cal Jillson.

Covers the continuing challenges of and to the Affordable Care Act. Presents new material on race, ethnicity, gender, and political participation.

Explores growing income inequality and its implications. Pays increased attention to social media and new media in politics. Updates all data in tables and figures through the elections. Offers the most compact yet comprehensive text package available. Features of This Innovative Text Key Focus Questions at the beginning of every chapter prepare students for the major points to be covered. Colorful figures and tables enable students to visualize important information.

American Exceptionalism? Court Ancient Fears Modern Hopes. Qualifying for Leadership around the World. The Growth of Presidential Power. Where Was the Expanded Authority Found? The Foreign Policy Presidency. The Presidential Establishment. Presidential Reform Today. Obamas Speech on Race. The Growth of Democracy in the World. Do We Need a Bill of Rights? Why Americans Distrust Politics.

Powers Denied to the National Government. The Industrialization and Urbanization of America. The Continuing Relevance of States Rights. The Rise of Fiscal Federalism. The Process of Devolution in Contemporary Federalism.

The Prevalence of Federal Systems in the World. Chapter Summary. Suggested Readings. Defining the American Creed. Variations in Socialization by Class Race and Gender. Attitudes on Gender Equality in Nineteen Societies. Pondering Reform Possibilities. Edward Snowden and the Journalists Who Helped. Commercial vs Public Radio and Television. Is the Media Biased? The Rise of Interest Groups. Types of Interest Groups. Interest Group Goals and Strategies.

A Lobbyists Donnybrook. Revise or Repeal? Inside and Outside Lobbying after Adoption. Should the States Make Election Rules? Black Commitment to the Democratic Party. Party in Government. What Is the Future of Minor Parties? The Census Reapportionment and Gerrymandering. Parliaments and Congresses.

The Development of the Committee System. The Legislative Process. HouseSenate Conference Committees. Is the Federal Reserve the Fed Dangerous? The Growth of the American Bureaucracy. The Structure of the National Bureaucracy Policy Implementation and Its Pitfalls Bureaucratic Autonomy and Accountability.

Does the Constitution Envision Judicial Review? The Structure of the Federal Judicial System. Judicial Nomination and Appointment. The Disputed Role of the Federal Judiciary. The Origins of the Bill of Rights. Freedom of Religion. The Rights of Criminal Defendants. Civil Liberties Prisons and the Death Penalty. The Modern Civil Rights Movement. Affirmative Action. The Womens Rights Movement.

Recognizing Gay Marriage. National Economic Council. Debating the Income. Current Dollars. Hegemony or Empire. Comparing the British. Key Terms.


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This chapter discusses the origins of American political principles by showcasing their development from antiquity through the early modern period of Western history. The author, Cal Jillson, suggests that the appropriate way to understand this development is through the analytical lens provided by American political development research with its emphases on development and change in American political processes, institutions, and policies. Specifically, these institutions are defined as customs, practices, or organizations, usually embedded in rules and law that define and structure social as well as political activity. Greco-Roman political philosophers during the ancient period, especially Plato and Aristotle, developed the ideas of democracy, mixed constitutions, and republicanism limited government through elements of monarchy [rule by the one], aristocracy [rule by the few], and democracy [rule by the many] in order to prevent tyrannical degeneration of the polis or political community.


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