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AMERICAN GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS TODAY is known nationwide for its balanced, unbiased, and modern coverage of constitutional, governmental, political, social, and economic structures and their processes. The book provides the knowledge that allows students to make informed choices, encourages them to play an active role in the decision-making process, and promotes their enthusiastic participation in the world around them by giving them the tools they need to get involved. The 2017–2018 edition's updates include in-depth coverage of the 2016 elections. MindTap® for American Government, Cengage Learning's fully online learning solution, is available and fully integrated with this text.
- This edition has been substantially revised and updated to include the 2016 national elections and recent data, issues, and engaging examples of politics and politicians.
- In response to reviewers, Chapter 10: The Media and Politics has been significantly revised. This chapter puts a strong emphasis on the way social media connects individuals to one another and with ideas and political leaders.
- "Politics in Practice" features appear in each chapter and focus on making politics and people taking political action visible to students by highlighting examples from popular culture and current events. In Chapter 2, the feature highlights the impact of the Broadway musical Hamilton. In Chapter 5, it shows the power of students to change the racial climate on their campus through protest. The feature is designed to enhance student interest by identifying a person or group of people who took on an issue and made a difference.
- An "Election 2016" feature has been added to every chapter. Within the context of each chapter's focus, this feature guides students to think about the ways an election can change American politics or reinforce the status quo.
- Greater attention has been paid to gender issues throughout the text, as suggested by reviewers. New material is included on the historic candidacy of Hillary Rodham Clinton, the Equal Pay Act, and the Lilly Ledbetter Act, as well as updated coverage of women's rights and gender equality, gender and racial discrimination, and the pay gap.
- Tables and figures have been updated and the results of the 2016 election are included.
- Recent court decisions on marriage equality and immigration, as well as foreign policy issues like the violence in Syria and the refugee crisis, are integrated into the appropriate chapters to ensure that the book addresses the most timely political events and topics.
- "Beyond Our Borders" features give students both global and comparative context, covering topics related to key issues such as economic globalization, foreign elections, citizenship, immigration, and foreign lobbying.
- Learning objectives begin each chapter and highlight the most important content, concepts and skills.
- Most chapters include a social media screen capture that poses a critical-thinking question. This feature challenges students to apply chapter content to the real world.
- End-of-chapter summaries link back to a Learning Objective to test student understanding of the topics at hand.
- Within the context of each chapter's focus, an "Election 2016" feature guides students to think about the ways an election can change American politics or reinforce the status quo.
- "What if... ?" questions prompt lively classroom discussion and encourage students to apply critical-thinking skills to current, real-life issues.
1. One Republic -- Two Americas?
2. The Constitution.
Part II: CIVIL RIGHTS AND CIVIL LIBERTIES.
4. Civil Liberties.
5. Civil Rights.
Part III: PEOPLE AND POLITICS.
6. Public Opinion and Political Socialization.
7. Interest Groups.
8. Political Parties.
9. Campaigns, Voting, and Elections.
10. The Media and Politics.
Part IV: POLITICAL INSTITUTIONS.
11. The Congress.
12. The President.
13. The Bureaucracy.
14. The Courts.
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