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American Politics Today (3rd Edition) by David T. Canon, William T. Bianco

By David T. Canon, William T. Bianco

The entire instruments scholars have to comprehend American politics—in a briefer text.

American Politics at the present time is helping scholars comprehend the debates and controversies that they come across within the information through emphasizing clash and compromise as traditional components of politics. The necessities version comprises the entire studying instruments from the whole book—including hugely visible “How It Works” infographics and an method geared up round bankruptcy Goals—in a textual content that's 30% shorter.

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However, because Americans disagree over what to do about most policy questions, conflict is an essential part of politics and compromise is usually needed to enact changes in government policy. CHAPTER goals Describe the basic functions of government. ¾ PAGES 6–9 Define politics and identify three key ideas that help explain politics. ¾ PAGES 9–13 Identify major sources of conflict in American politics. ¾ PAGES 14–18 4 CHAPTER 1 | UNDERSTANDING AMERICAN POLITICS CONFLICTS WITHIN THE GOVERNMENT— say, between the Democrats and Republicans in Congress—often reflect real divisions among American citizens about what government should do about certain issues.

3 percent and rising, although this category contains many distinct subgroups. S. S. Census Bureau, 2010 American Community Survey. Also, personal ideologies are not always consistent. Someone could be both a fiscal conservative (favoring balanced budgets) and a social liberal (favoring the pro-choice position on abortion and marital rights for gay men and lesbians), or a liberal on foreign policy issues (supporting humanitarian aid and opposing the war in Afghanistan) and a conservative on moral issues (being pro-life on abortion and opposing stem cell research).

Another important element of politics is the web of rules and procedures that determine who has the power to make choices about government policy. These rules range from the requirement that the president must have been born in the United States, to the structure of debates and voting in the House and the Senate, to the procedures for approving new federal regulations. Seemingly innocuous rules can have an enormous impact on what can or does happen, which means that choices about these rules are actually choices about outcomes.

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