Thinking About Politics: American Government in Associational Perspective

By Paul F. deLespinasse

Copyright © 1981 by Paul F. deLespinasse. Permission is hereby granted to make unlimited numbers of copies of this book, electronically or in printing, for free or at-cost distribution, provided that this copyright notice and my e-mail and snail-mail addresses are included in all copies made. Translations into other languages are also permitted, subject to the previously stated conditions, and also on the condition that no additional copyright be claimed on the translation. Links to the website for this book from other websites are permitted and welcomed. E-mail: pdelespinass@adrian.edu. Snail- mail: Paul F. deLespinasse, Political Science Dept.,Adrian College, Adrian, Michigan 49221, USA.

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Preface
Prologue: The Constitutional Convention of 1987

PART I: A RE-INTRODUCTION TO THINKING ABOUT POLITICS

Chapter 1: The American Political Scene--A Blooming, Buzzing Confusion
Chapter 2: The Simplest Human Situation--Work and Survival
Chapter 3: People Living Together--Coexistence and Association
Chapter 4: Living In Society--Government as Association

PART II: THINKING ABOUT ACTIONS

Chapter 5: The President and the Presidency
Chapter 6: Living With Government--Bureaucracy and Politics

PART III: THINKING ABOUT RULES

Chapter 7: Congress--The Legislative Procedure
Chapter 8: The Judicial System--Public Policy Versus The Rule of Law
Chapter 9: Economic Regulation--Rules, Corruption, and Property
Chapter 10: The Ideas Behind Politics--Evaluating Actions, Laws, and Constitutions

PART IV: THINKING ABOUT CONTEXTS

Chapter 11: Government and the People--A Look At Public Opinion
Chapter 12: Political Middlemen--Parties, Interest Groups, and Lobbyists
Chapter 13: Foreign Relations--Living in the World
Chapter 14: Complexity Versus Constitutionalism

PART V: ON THINKING AND LIVING IN AN IMPERFECT WORLD

Chapter 15: Beyond Utopia--Thinking About What Ought To Be
Chapter 16: Beyond Revolution--Thinking About What To Do
Chapter 17: Beyond Politics--Thinking About The Human Predicament
Appendix A: A Dialogue on Rational Action
Glossary