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PART I: THE FOUNDATIONS

In this book we will consider governmental institutions as the product of a mutually transformative interaction between state and society. Politics doesn’t happen in a vacuum. As we will see, the ways in which the American government decides on laws and policies depends upon the mindset of the citizens, which is in turn shaped by their political socialization, their relationship to media, the influence of lobbyist and interest groups that have the money to sway ideas, and so forth. In this book, you will meet a diverse group of voters (and non-voters) who, through their engagement with the ideas central to American politics at a personal level, exemplify the American motto, “e pluribus unum” or “out of many, one.”

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