List of Plates.
List of Figures.
List of Tables.
Preface to the Sixth Edition.
1. Limited Versus Active Government in an Uncertain Age.
The Chapters to Come.
2 Beliefs, Values and American Society.
The Nature of American Beliefs and Values.
Values and American Society.
3. Constitutional Government.
Origins: A Unique Experiment.
The American Constitution.
The Adaptive Constitution.
Assessing the Constitution.
4. Federalism: Why the States Still Matter.
Federalism in Theory and Practice.
The Evolution of American Federalism.
Fiscal Federalism: the Rise and Fall of the Federal Role.
A Changing Court Role?.
The Pressure for National Standards.
American Federalism Under Pressure.
5. The Changing Role of Political Parties.
The Functions of Parties.
Crisis and Change in the American Party System.
Explaining Party Change.
After 2000 – Political Party Revival?.
6. Elections and Political Participation.
Patterns of American Electoral Behaviour.
The Modern American Voter Model and the New Deal Coalition.
The Decline of Partisanship and the New Deal Coalition: the 1960s to 1990s.
Electoral Politics After 2000.
Non-electoral Political Participation.
7. The Media and American Politics.
Media organization and structure.
News, Bias and Political Information.
Censorship and Control.
The Media and American Democracy.
8. US Legislators and Their Constituents.
Representation and Congress.
Legislators as Rational Actors.
The Work of Members of Congress.
9. Congress as Legislature: Functions and Powers.
The Functions of Congress.
The Structure of Power in Congress.
Congress under Fire.
The Rise of Part Ideology.
Reform and Change in Congress.
Can the New Ideological Congress Lead?.
10. The Presidency.
Formal Sources of Power.
The Presidency in Crisis.
The Presidency in a Changing America.
Presidential Abuse of Power and the Congressional Response.
Assessing the Presidency: Presidential Power at Home and Abroad.
11. Bureaucratic Power: Federal Departments and Agencies.
The Federal Bureaucracy: Organization and Function.
The Bureaucracy: How Uncontrollable?.
The Inherent Power of Bureaucracy.
The Bureaucratic Hydra: a Uniquely American Phenomenon?.
12. The Security State.
The Rise of the Security State.
9/11, The Patriot Act and the Department of Homeland Security.
Threats to Civil Liberties.
The Security State and American Values.
13. Organized Interests: the Real Power?.
Interests, Groups and Lobbyists.
Political Action Committees.
The Washington Lobby.
Interest Groups: For and Against.
14. The Supreme Court and Judicial Politics.
The American Legal System.
The Supreme Court: Decision-making.
The Court and Political Power: the Polarised Rehnquist Court.
Conclusions: the Court and American Democracy.
15. Regulating Morality: Civil Rights, Liberties and the Conscience Issues.
Regulating Public Morality.
Equality and Civil Rights.
16. Social Policy in America: Self-reliance and State Dependence.
The Federal Government and Social Welfare in America: the.
Health Care Reforms.
17. Managing Economic Change.
State and Economy in the United States.
Ideology and Economic Policy.
Institutions and Economic Policy.
Conclusions: Economic Policy in an Age of Uncertainty.
18. The American World Role.
The Institutional Context.
American Foreign Policy in the Post 9/11 Era.
The War on Terrorism.
Conclusions: Bound to Lead or Bound to Fail?.
19. American Politics in the Post 9/11 World.
Assessing the American Polity.
Reform and Renewal.
Appendix: The Declaration of Independence and The Constitution of the United States.