American Government: Brief edition, Ninth edition by James Q. Wilson

By James Q. Wilson

This well known short variation textual content for the one-semester or one-quarter American govt direction keeps the framework of Wilson's entire textual content, emphasizing the old improvement of the yankee political approach, who governs, and to what finish. thoroughly brand new, AMERICAN govt, short, 9e deals new assurance of such key and rising matters as creationism and the institution clause, strategies from the 2008 presidential crusade, Congressional ethics, repercussions from the Valerie Plume scandal, nationwide debt, the Social defense debate, army involvement in Iraq, and lots more and plenty extra.

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Freedom of expression and freedom from arbitrary arrest and prosecution are usually called civil liberties; citizenship rights, including the right to vote and to be free from unjust discrimination, are usually called civil rights. In this chapter we will discuss civil liberties, in the next, civil rights. The Constitution guarantees these rights against infringement by the government (in general, there are no constitutional protections against actions by private individuals). When the Constitution was first presented to the states for ratification, it contained only a few guaranteed rights—those mentioned in Article I, sections 9 and 10.

Amend. VI] Moreover, when the qualifications for elective office are stated, the word person, not man, is used: • “No person shall be a Representative who shall not have attained to the age of twenty-five years. . ” [Art. I, sec. 2] • “No person shall be a Senator who shall not have attained to the age of thirty years. . ” [Art. I, sec. 3] • “No person except a natural born citizen . . shall be eligible to the office of president; neither shall any person be eligible to that office who shall not have attained to the age of thirty-five years.

Has the system of separated powers and checks and balances protected liberty? So far, the system has protected better than anyone could have expected. But the United States pays a price for weak central authority. It took almost a century to get rid of slavery, and it took even longer to mount programs to address human welfare or to play an effective international role. As we shall see, weak central authority means it is not only hard to start new programs, it is hard to get rid of bad ones. htm Suggested Readings Suggested Readings Bailyn, Bernard.

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