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American Government: Historical, Popular, and Global Perspectives, Brief Version 2nd Edition

Kenneth Dautrich, David A. Yalof

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  • 656 Pages

Overview

Generating thoughtful discussion can be a challenge with today's sometimes politically indifferent students. The authors of AMERICAN GOVERNMENT: HISTORICAL, POPULAR, & GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES, Second edition,BRIEF VERSION tackle this issue with a streamlined and visually appealing version of their more comprehensive text that helps you create a lively, engaging classroom. Well-organized and easy to understand, this brief edition is a handy, less expensive paperback your students will refer to long after completing your course.

Kenneth Dautrich, University of Connecticut

Professor Kenneth Dautrich (Ph.D., Rutgers University) teaches public opinion and public policy in the Department of Public Policy at the University of Connecticut. His research focuses on public opinion about the news media and free expression rights. He has authored a number of books and articles including THE FUTURE OF THE FIRST AMENDMENT (Roman and Littlefield, 2008), THE FIRST AMENDMENT AND THE MEDIA IN THE COURT OF PUBLIC OPINION (Cambridge University Press, 2003), and HOW THE NEWS MEDIA FAIL THE AMERICAN VOTER (Columbia University Press, 1999). He is currently finishing a book entitled THE PARADOX OF PUBLIC OPINION (Oxford University Press). Dautrich has conducted many public polls on media, voting, and public policy issues for organizations such as Time Magazine, The Freedom Forum, and a variety of state and federal government agencies. He has been a research fellow at The Freedom Forum's Media Studies Center and Rutgers University's Heldrich Center. He has also served as policy advisor for Governor Jodi Rell. His research on public attitudes about the First Amendment has been supported by the Media Studies Center and the Knight Foundation.

David A. Yalof, University of Connecticut

David A. Yalof (Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University; B.A. and J.D., University of Virginia) is professor and department head of political science at the University of Connecticut. His expertise and teaching and research interests include constitutional law, judicial politics, and the presidency. Dr. Yalof is the author of Pursuit of Justices: Presidential Politics and the Selection of Supreme Court Nominees, winner of the American Political Science Association's Richard E. Neustadt Prize for the Best Book on the Presidency. He is also the co-author of The First Amendment and the Media in the Court of Public Opinion (with Kenneth Dautrich) and The Future of the First Amendment: The Digital Media, Civic Education, and Free Expression Rights in America's High Schools (also with Ken Dautrich). Dr. Yalof has written numerous articles for publications such as Political Research Quarterly, Judicature, and Constitutional Commentary. His most recent work, Prosecution Among Friends: Presidents, Attorneys General, and Executive Branch Wrongdoing was published by the Texas A & M University Press. He is currently working on a book-length project examining the role that constitutional precedents played in the recent debate over health care reform.
  • The text has been thoroughly updated to include the most up-to-the-minute information, including analysis and results of the 2010 midterm elections, several chapters that include coverage of the BP oil spill, same-sex marriage, Obama's healthcare reform plan, discussion of Obama's first two years in office, the Supreme Court nominations of Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan, the tea party movement, the 2010 census projections and their effects on representations and electoral votes, the Supreme Court ruling on the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act, the financial collapse and the actions taken by the Federal Reserve to deal with the economic crisis, and immigration policy, as well as updated charts, photos, graphs, and figures.
  • "Your Perspective" is a new feature that provides a student-focused look at the topics presented in each chapter followed by critical thinking questions, encouraging students to consider their own views, especially considering that students enter this course with so many individual experiences.
  • More than 1/3 of the chapter opening vignettes included in the "Now and Then" feature have been replaced, ensuring current and relevant information.
  • A new student focus brings new pedagogy: including learning objectives for each chapter, thought-provoking critical thinking questions in the Politics Interactive! And Popular Perspectives boxes and reformatting of chapter summaries to better follow the organization of the chapters.
  • Logical "institutions first" formatting:
  • Historical perspective: This illustrates how current events frequently mirror the past, and helps students understand why our sound political process has persevered over the years (and will continue to do so).
  • Popular perspective: This helps students evaluate popular opinion and its impact on the political winds of change, deepening their understanding of the nuances of the American political system.
  • Global perspective: This demonstrates how the media, political elites, and the public in other parts of the world view the U.S. political system.
1. Perspectives on American Government.
2. The Founding and the Constitution.
3. Federalism.
4. Civil Liberties.
5. Civil Rights, Equality, and Social Movements.
6. Congress.
7. The Presidency.
8. The Federal Bureaucracy.
9. The Judiciary.
10. Public Opinion.
11. Interest Groups.
12. The Media and Politics.
13. Political Parties.
14. Voting and Participation.
15. Campaign and Elections.
16. American Economic Policy.
17. American Social Policy.
18. American Foreign Policy.
19. State and Local Government.

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  • ISBN-10: 1133338100
  • ISBN-13: 9781133338109
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  • ISBN-10: 049590791X
  • ISBN-13: 9780495907916
  • Bookstore Wholesale Price $112.50
  • RETAIL $149.95

"This book has the best explanation of important content, and the historical and global approach fosters a solid context and relevance of the material."-- Cherry Rain, Redlands Community College

"The text provides an informative account of American political institutions and behavior and it successfully situates that discussion within a solid historical framework and global perspective."-- Gary Malecha, University of Portland

"The latest edition as expected contains current material that the students can readily identify with. The strength is the depth of resources used. The authors did an excellent job of building on the foundation that was laid in the previous edition. I was impressed with the author's use of foundational cases and showing the changes that the political institutions used to reflect the changing political landscape. There are no weaknesses in my view."-- Randy Lightfoot, St. Petersburg College

"I appreciate the way it is organized, I truly like the three perspectives of which the material is presented and the writing is simply very good and accessible for the students."--Terri Jett, Butler University

"The text is very well organized with a clear, and refreshing, focus."-- Timothy Hoye, Texas Women's University

Cengage provides a range of supplements that are updated in coordination with the main title selection. For more information about these supplements, contact your Learning Consultant.

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Rich with content for your American government course, this Web-based teaching and learning tool includes course management, study/mastery, and communication tools. Use WebTutor™ to provide virtual office hours, post your syllabus, and track student progress with WebTutor's quizzing material. For students, WebTutor™ offers real-time access to interactive online tutorials and simulations, practice quizzes, and Web links—all correlated to American Government: Historical, Popular, and Global Perspectives, Brief Edition.

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WebTutor™ on WebCT™ with eBook on Gateway, 1 term (6 months) Instant Access

ISBN: 9781111303891
WebTutor™ offers real-time access to interactive online tutorials and simulations, practice quizzes, primary source quizzes and Web links—all correlated to American Government: Historical, Popular, and Global Perspectives, Brief Edition.

WebTutor™ on Blackboard® with eBook on Gateway, 1 term (6 months) Instant Access, Brief

ISBN: 9781111303907
WebTutor™ offers real-time access to interactive online tutorials and simulations, practice quizzes, primary source quizzes and Web links—all correlated to American Government: Historical, Popular, and Global Perspectives, Brief Edition.

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