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21.

The Modern Presidency: Tools of Power

This program shows that the American Presidency has been transformed since the 1930s. Today, presidents are overtly active in the legislative process: they use the media to appeal directly to the people and they exercise leadership over an "institutional presidency" with thousands of aides.
Online
2016; 2003
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Bureaucracy: A Controversial Necessity

This program reveals how the American bureaucracy delivers significant services directly to the people, how it has expanded in response to citizen demands for increased government services, and how bureaucrats sometimes face contradictory expectations that are difficult to satisfy.
Online
2016; 2003
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The Courts: Our Rule of Law

This program examines the role of courts as institutions dedicated to conflict resolution, with the power both to apply and to interpret the meaning of law in trial and appeal courts. It shows the increased power of the Supreme Court through its use of judicial review and the difficulty of creating a judiciary that is independent of politics.
Online
2016; 2003
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The Media: Inside Story

This program explores the media as an integral part of American democracy, highlighting the scrutiny they impose on the performance of public officials, the interdependence of politics and the media, and the power the media wields in selecting the news
Online
2016; 2003
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Public Opinion: Voice of the People

This program examines the power of public opinion to influence government policy, the increasing tendency of public officials to rely on polls, and the need to use many forms of feedback to get an accurate measure of public opinion
Online
2016; 2003
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Political Parties: Mobilizing Agents

This program shows how political parties perform important functions that link the public to the institutions of American government. Parties create coalitions of citizens who share political goals, elect candidates to public office to achieve those goals, and organize the legislative and executive branches of government.
Online
2016; 2003
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Elections: The Maintenance of Democracy

This program explores the crucial role of strategy in the two-stage electoral campaign system; the opportunities for citizens to choose, organize, and elect candidates who will pursue policies they favor, and the need for campaigns to increase voter turnout by educating citizens about the importance and influence of their vote.
Online
2016; 2003
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Interest Groups: Organizing to Influence

This program shows how America's large number of corporate, citizen-action, and grass-roots interest groups enhance our representative process by giving citizens a role in shaping policy agendas.
Online
2016; 2003
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Global Politics: U.S.A. And the World

This program examines the need for the United States to use the tools of foreign policy in ways that recognize the growing interdependence of nations - implementing both traditional and new forms of military, trade, and diplomatic strategies to promote benefits for America and the world as a whole.
Online
2016; 2003
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Federalism [electronic resource]: U.S. V. The States

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Explores federalism as a Constitutional compromise, especially in terms of present-day conflicts between people who believe that power should reside primarily in the national government and those who want government authority retained within the states. Case studies include the conflict between Idaho and the federal government when wolves were re-introduced to public lands; the use of federal incentives to influence blood-alcohol standards for drunk drivers in South Carolina, and the devolution of welfare programs in the United States.
Online
2003