By Alan Gitelson, Robert Dudley, Melvin Dubnick
Exotic via its "myth vs. truth" framework, AMERICAN govt, tenth version, encourages you to confront your preconceptions approximately American govt and to imagine seriously concerning the U.S. political approach. updated content material addresses matters resembling the media, public opinion, the very best courtroom, household and foreign coverage, schooling and environmental rules, and financial and social welfare. The 10th version additionally beneficial properties assurance of the 2010 mid-term elections. Now a part of the virtue sequence, AMERICAN govt deals an analogous caliber insurance at a aggressive expense.
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S. government and politics, and it is likely that you are already using some of them. This book will focus on three: the use of reason, the formation of myths, and the power of ideology. These tools are among the more credible, and although none of the available sense-making devices are perfect, we believe understanding how these three tools work will start you on the road to understanding the complexities that often confuse and bafﬂe us as citizens and students of American government. THE NATURE AND ROLE OF GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS ✱ How do we define government and politics?
For pluralists, it is not important that members of some small elite agree on fundamental issues. Rather, it is crucial that membership in the elite be open to all in society; members need only to agree to abide by the rules of the game in government and politics. From the pluralist perspective, members of this open elite serve the public good by competing among themselves for the attention of government, as well as for control of public ofﬁces. Whether it is focused on authority or on power, the issue of who should govern is an important one.
What are the roles of reason, myths, and ideologies in that effort? With some of those basic deﬁnitions and concepts in mind, we can now return to the major question addressed in this book: How do we understand the world around us? It’s a question that has intrigued philosophers for centuries and is still being studied daily by a range of scholars from cognitive psychologists and neuroscientists to sociologists and literature professors. The answers provided by all the students of human understanding are as varied as their approaches to the subject.