Crash Course Government and Politics

  • Party Systems | Crash Course Government and Politics

    Throughout most of the United States history, our political system has been dominated by a two-party system, but the policies and groups that support these parties have changed over time. There have been five, arguably six, party systems since the election of John Adams in 1796, (George Washington's presidency was an unusual case, and weÍll get to that), and we'll look at the supporters, and policies, of each during these eras.

    Grades: 9-12
  • Interest Groups | Crash Course Government and Politics

    In this episode, we discuss money in politics and special interest groups, and the role they play in the U.S. political system. Special interest groups are groups of individuals that make policy-related appeals to government - like the NRA, AARP, or the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. It's all controversial, as money plays an important role in the policies and people these groups influence.

    Grades: 9-12
  • Media Institution | Crash Course Government and Politics

    So today we're going to look at the rather thorny issue of the media and its role in politics. Whether you're talking about older forms of media like newspapers and radio or newer forms like television and the Internet, all media serves the same purpose—to provide information to the public.

    Grades: 9-12
  • Media Regulation | Crash Course Government and Politics

    Today we wrap up our discussion of the media by talking about how the government interacts with and influences the content we see. Now it may be easy to assume that because we live in a free-market capitalist society, the only real regulation of the media is determined by the consumers, but this isn't necessarily true.

    Grades: 9-12
  • Market Economy | Crash Course Government and Politics

    How does the government plays a role in the economy? Specifically, the way the government creates and maintains our market economic system.

    Grades: 9-12
  • Government Regulation | Crash Course Government and Politics

    Today, we're going to wrap up our discussion of economic policy by looking at government regulation. We're going to talk about the government's goals for the U.S. economy and the policies it employs to achieve those goals. Ever since the New Deal, we've seen an increased role of the government within the economy—even with the deregulation initiatives of President Carter and Reagan in the 80's.

    Grades: 9-12
  • Monetary and Fiscal Policy | Crash Course Government and Politics

    Craig is going to dive into the controversy of monetary and fiscal policy. Monetary and fiscal policy are ways the government, and most notably the Federal Reserve, influences the economy—for better or for worse.

    Grades: 9-12