Assignments from the following texts will be posted on the WebCt course calendar each week.
Table of Contents
I. THE SETTING OF THE AMERICAN SYSTEM.
1. Constitutional Government.
Laurence H. Tribe and Michael C. Dorf, How Not to Read the Constitution.
Zelman v. Simmons-Harris Supreme Court of the United States (2002).
4. Political Parties and the Electorate.
California Democratic Party et al. V. Jones, Secretary of State of California, et al. Supreme Court of the United States (2000).
Benjamin Ginsberg and Martin Schefter, Politics by Other Means.
McConnell v. Federal Election Commission, United States Supreme Court.
Bradley A. Smith, Unfree Speech: The Future of Regulatory “Reform”.
Thomas E. Mann and Norman J. Ornstein, Myths and Realities about the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002..
5. Interest Groups.
If you can't find your representative on Capitol Hill, you better check The Palm. Since 1972, political powerhouses have made The Palm the spot for negotiating and deal making over a juicy steak and an infamous Palm martini. It's not only politicians that make their way to the Washington Palm; Larry King and Tim Russert can be seen among the hordes of loyal Palm customers.
6. The Presidency.
Thomas E. Cronin and Michael A. Genovese, Presidential Paradoxes.
David Brooks, How to Run for President.
Tony Mauro, A Mixed Precedent for Military Tribunals.
7. The Bureaucracy.
Lawrence C. Dodd, Congress and the Quest for Power.
Richard F. Fenno, Jr., If, As Ralph Nader Says, Congress Is “The Broken Branch,” How Come We Love Our Congressmen So Much?
Nelson W. Polsby, Congress-Bashing for Beginners.
9. The Judiciary.
Elk Grove Unified School District v. Newdow (2004).
William J. Brennan, Jr., How the Supreme Court Arrives at Decisions.
Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, Constitutional Liberty and the Right to Abortion.
Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist, Liberty, Privacy, and the Right to Abortion.
Justice Antonin Scalia, Liberty and Abortion: A Strict Constructionist's View.
Appendix 1: The Declaration of Independence.
American Political Culture: Seeking a More Perfect Union
Constitutional Democracy: Promoting Liberty and Self Government
Federalism: Forging a Nation
Civil Liberties: Protecting Individual Rights
Equal Rights: Struggling Toward Fairness
Public Opinion and Political Socialization: Shaping the People's Voice
Political Participation and Voting: Expressing the Popular Will
Political Parties, Candidates, and Campaigns: Defining the Voters Choice
Interest Groups: Organizing for Influence
The News Media: Communicating Political Images
The Presidency: Leading a Nation
The Federal Bureaucracy: Administering a Government
Economic and Environmental Policy: Contributing To Prosperity
Welfare and Education Policy
Foreign and Defense Policy