American Government: Institutions and Policies 15th Edition

James Q. Wilson | John J. DiIulio, Jr. | Meena Bose

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The reputable authors of AMERICAN GOVERNMENT: INSTITUTIONS AND POLICIES combine excellent scholarship with practical examples and insight to create a clear and approachable resource for any student trying to understand the American government. The fifteenth edition emphasizes current issues in American politics, focusing on the importance of American governmental institutions, the historical development of governmental procedures and policies, and who governs in the United States and to what ends. A pedagogically proven course of study encourages student involvement with the material. Highlighted key concepts, learning objectives, and applications of contemporary debates on policy dynamics bolster comprehension.

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James Q. Wilson, University of California

James Q. Wilson most recently taught at Boston College and Pepperdine University. He was Professor Emeritus of Management and Public Administration at UCLA and was previously Shattuck Professor of Government at Harvard University. He wrote more than a dozen books on the subjects of public policy, bureaucracy, and political philosophy. He was president of the American Political Science Association (APSA), and he is the only political scientist to win three of the four lifetime achievement awards presented by the APSA. He received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian award, in 2003. Professor Wilson passed away in March of 2012 after battling cancer. His work helped shape the field of political science in the United States. His many years of service to this textbook remain evident on every page and will continue for many editions to come.

John J. DiIulio, Jr., University of Pennsylvania

John J. DiIulio, Jr. is a Professor of Political Science at the University of Pennsylvania and has won each of Penn's most prestigious teaching awards. He was previously Professor of Politics and Public Affairs at Princeton University. He received his PhD in Political Science from Harvard University. He has been a senior fellow and directed research programs at several leading think tanks including the Brookings Institution and has won awards from the Association of Public Policy Analysis and Management, the American Political Science Association, and other bodies. He has advised presidential candidates in both parties, served on bipartisan government reform commissions, and worked as a senior staff member in the White House.

Meena Bose, Hofstra University

Meena Bose is executive dean for public policy and public service programs in the Peter S. Kalikow School of Government, Public Policy and International Affairs at Hofstra University. She also is director of Hofstra’s Peter S. Kalikow Center for the Study of the American Presidency. She received her Ph.D. in 1996 from Princeton University. Dr. Bose teaches courses on the American presidency, presidential leadership and policy making, and American politics. She is the author or editor of several volumes in presidency studies and American politics. She taught for six years at the United States Military Academy at West Point.

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  • Landmark Cases summarize important Supreme Court cases.
  • Then and Now openers show historical connections with today’s politics.
  • Constitutional Connections raise issues from the constitutional debates that remain relevant today.
  • Policy Dynamics present current policy debates from Wilson’s Politics of Policymaking framework.
  • How We Compare examine how other nations structure their governments, policies, and the results of these differences.
  • What Would You Do? asks students to become the decision maker in a domestic or foreign policy scenario.
  • How Things Work highlight key political processes.

Table of Contents

American Government: Institutions and Policies

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Part I: THE AMERICAN SYSTEM.
1. The Study of American Government.
2. The Constitution.
3. Federalism.
4. American Political Culture.
5. Civil Liberties.
6. Civil Rights.
Part II: OPINIONS, INTERESTS, AND ORGANIZATIONS.
7. Public Opinion.
8. Political Participation.
9. Political Parties.
10. Elections and Campaigns.
11. Interest Groups.
12. The Media.
Part III: INSTITUTIONS OF GOVERNMENT.
13. Congress.
14. The Presidency.
15. The Bureaucracy.
16. The Judiciary.
Part IV: PUBLIC POLICY AND AMERICAN DEMOCRACY
17. Domestic Policy.
18. Economic Policy.
19. Foreign and Military Policy.
20. American Democracy, Then and Now.
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