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This volume focuses on elections and their repercussions as a way of understanding the US political system. The text is updated through to the 2000 Presidential election. It includes: "democratic dilemma" boxes which present the pros and cons of a particular issue, engaging students and challenging them to think analytically; critical thinking questions; "concept checks" or summaries of major sections; Web Links at the end of each chapter; students are also referred to interactive simulations and activities on the LongmanParticipate.com website; "election connection" boxes which concentrate on electoral forces; "windows on the past" boxes that highlight and expand on historical material in the text; and "International Comparison" boxes which compare a feature of American government to a similar feature in other countries, giving students a better understanding of the strengths and limitations of American democracy.
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Part I The foundations of the new American democracy: democracy in America; establishing a constitutional democracy; federalism - division of power among national, state and local governments; America - unity amidst diversity. Part II The ingredients of the new American democracy: public opinion; individual participation; interest group participation; political parties; the media. Part III Campaigns and elections: electing the president; electing the congress. Part IV The government: the congress and its work; the presidency - powers and practice; the bureaucracy; the courts. Part V Civil liberties and civil rights: civil liberties; civil rights. Part VI Public policy: domestic policy; economic policy - prosperity, deficits, and taxes; foreign and defense policy.

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