Ch 19: US Government & Politics Overview

About This Chapter

Use this informative chapter on U.S. politics and government to catch up after missed class time or prepare for an upcoming exam. You'll find short video lessons and multiple-choice quizzes that are mobile-friendly and developed by expert instructors.

US Government & Politics Overview - Chapter Summary

These helpful lessons give an overview of government and politics in the United States, including the core principles of the American government and the rules of U.S. politics. You'll review the definition of political power and the history of civil liberties in the United States. Our lessons also cover the roles of the U.S. president and the American presidential system of government. This chapter is designed to help you:

  • Identify the consequences of federal judiciary power
  • Define what an amicus curiae brief is
  • Outline the powers given to Congress
  • Detail the structure and characteristics of the bureaucracy
  • Explain the history and organization of U.S. political parties
  • Discuss the different types of interest groups in the U.S.
  • Describe U.S. political participation and voter turnout
  • Define the media's influence on public political attitudes

You're welcome to work through these lessons as many times as you need to make sure you fully grasp the topics presented. All of our video lessons are easily navigable using the video tabs feature found in the Timeline. Take the quiz following each lesson to get ready for a test or to ensure you're ready to move on to other subjects. If you have questions, contact one of our instructors for assistance.

13 Lessons in Chapter 19: US Government & Politics Overview
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The Core Principles of American Government

1. The Core Principles of American Government

In this lesson, we will examine a few of the core principles of American government. We will pay special attention to the ideas of popular sovereignty, limited government, separation of powers, checks and balances, and federalism.

The Rules of American Politics: Democracy, Constitutionalism & Capitalism

2. The Rules of American Politics: Democracy, Constitutionalism & Capitalism

In this lesson, we will explore the three rules of American politics: democracy, constitutionalism, and capitalism. We will define each rule and see how it works to keep the political system running smoothly.

Political Power: Definition, Types & Sources

3. Political Power: Definition, Types & Sources

In this lesson, we will take a close look at political power. We will define the term, examine its elements, and learn about several theories that help determine who gets to use political power.

Origins of Civil Liberties in the United States: History & Timeline

4. Origins of Civil Liberties in the United States: History & Timeline

In this lesson, we will learn about the origin of civil liberties in the United States. We will take a closer look at where the civil liberties came from, what they entail and what they mean to society today.

Presidential System of Government: Roles of the President

5. Presidential System of Government: Roles of the President

The following lesson discusses the seven roles that the President of the United States has. A short quiz will follow the lesson to check for your understanding.

The Power of the Federal Judiciary: Sources & Consequences

6. The Power of the Federal Judiciary: Sources & Consequences

Federal judges and Supreme Court justices make their decisions using different rationales and theories. This lesson explores the power of the federal judiciary, including a discussion of judicial review and judicial activism.

Amicus Curiae Briefs: Definition & Example

7. Amicus Curiae Briefs: Definition & Example

After you finish this lesson, you will have an understanding of amicus curiae briefs and why these briefs are filed. Moreover, you will analyze an example to gain additional insight into amicus curiae briefs.

What is Congress? - Definition, Powers & Structure

8. What is Congress? - Definition, Powers & Structure

In this lesson, we will review what the United States Congress is. We will take a closer look at the makeup of Congress, what its powers are and what it represents.

What Is the Bureaucracy? - Role, Structure & Characteristics

9. What Is the Bureaucracy? - Role, Structure & Characteristics

In this lesson, we will study the American bureaucracy. We will explore its nature and characteristics, examine its role and functions, and take a close look at its human face.

U.S. Political Parties: Purpose, History, Organization & Structure

10. U.S. Political Parties: Purpose, History, Organization & Structure

In this lesson, you will explore the history and structure of American political parties, including the current dominant groups. Then, test your understanding with a brief quiz.

What Are Interest Groups in the United States? - History & Types

11. What Are Interest Groups in the United States? - History & Types

The following lesson will discuss the history and types of interest groups that exist in the American political system. A short quiz will follow the lesson to check for your understanding.

Political Participation in the United States: Influences & Voter Turnout

12. Political Participation in the United States: Influences & Voter Turnout

Despite an increase in the number of eligible voters, political participation in the United States seems to be on the decline. This lesson discusses influences on political participation and voter turnout.

Media's Influence on the Public's Political Attitudes

13. Media's Influence on the Public's Political Attitudes

Most people make their political decisions based on impressions gained from the media. This lesson assesses the effect of media, especially newer forms of media, on the public's political attitudes.

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