After studying this chapter, you will be able to do the following:
- Identify some of the basic elements of American political culture and their origin.
- Describe the institutions of the congress and the presidency that make up the elected branches of government in the American system.
- Describe the importance of the bureaucracy and courts in the United States political system.
- Analyze the role that nongovernmental institutions—media, interest groups, political parties—play in American politics.