With a focus on competition for resources, this balanced, but provocative text uses Harold Laswell's classic definition of politics—“Who gets what, when, and how”—as a framework for presenting a clear, cohesive and stimulating introduction to the American political system.
Thomas Dye, along with new co-author Bartholomew Sparrow, has written a lively and absorbing narrative examining the struggle for power that is American politics: the participants, the stakes, the processes, and the institutions. Numerous feature boxes explore timely issues, draw cross-cultural comparisons, promote critical thinking, and provoke thoughtful opinions.
With the intense political conflict of the most expensive presidential campaign in American history and the hotly-contested primary campaigns that led to the national conventions in 2008, Politics in America’s theme of the constant competition for power and resources—“who gets what”—has never been more relevant.
Introduces students to the American political system by examining the struggle for power<-->the participants, the stakes, the processes, and the institutional arenas. Relies on Harold Lasswell's classic definition of politics, including the who, what, when, and how mode of analysis. Examines topics such as the constitution, federalism, mass media, political parties, campaign and elections, White House and Capitol Hill politics, civil rights, and national security. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.