The U.S. government is an ever-more-complex system that few American citizens comprehend in any detail. Even some of its most basic operations, seemingly clear in concept, are in reality intricate and obscure. Although textbooks explain how the government is supposed to work in theory, they don't reveal how it actually works in practice. This book offers a concise and objective explanation of government operations, mapping the federal government's branches, departments, agencies, corporations, and quasi-official bodies-and the bureaucracies that support them. The authors effectively bridge the gap between the government's ideal, balanced structure, laid out in the Constitution, and its actual institutionalized form today, making this a superb resource for students and citizens at large. Coverage of the government's inner workings includes such subjects as executive-branch appointments, domestic and foreign policy development and execution, the federal budget, the legislative process, the Congressional committee system, the drawing of Congressional districts, the levels of the federal judiciary, aides in all three branches, and the various government offices and oversight agencies.
Glenn L. Starks has more than 15 years of experience in government procurement, most recently in his current position as Strategic Material Sourcing Program Manager, Defense Logistics Agency, and prior to that as Chief of Planning and Requirements, Defense Supply Center Richmond. He has written extensively on public administration and American politics and holds a doctorate in Public Policy and Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University's L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs. F. Erik Brooks teaches at Georgia Southern University, where he currently holds appointments in the Political Science Department and the Center for Africana Studies. He has also served as director of Georgia Southern's Master of Public Administration program. He holds a doctorate in Public Policy and Administration from the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs.
Acknowledgements Preface Alphabetical List of Entries Charts, Figures, Graphs, Photographs, and Tables Introduction Chapter 1: How the United States Government Began Chapter 2: Structure of the United States Government Today Chapter 3: Federal Government Employees Chapter 4: Federal Elections Chapter 5: The Legislative Process Chapter 6: The Executive Process Chapter 7: The Judicial Process Chapter 8: United States Foreign Policy Chapter 9: United States Domestic Policy Chapter 10: The United States Federal Budget Appendixes Bibliography About the Authors
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