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American Government: Institutions and Policies 15th Edition

James Q. Wilson, John J. DiIulio, Jr., Meena Bose, Matthew S. Levendusky

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The reputable authors of AMERICAN GOVERNMENT: INSTITUTIONS AND POLICIES, 15th Edition combine excellent scholarship with practical examples and insight to create a text that is a clear and approachable tool for any student trying to understand the American government. This textbook highlights 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. AMERICAN GOVERNMENT: INSTITUTIONS AND POLICIES follows a pedagogically proven course of study to maximize student involvement with the material. Highlighted key concepts, concise learning objectives, and features for practical application of contemporary debates on policy dynamics bolsters students’ comprehension.

James Q. Wilson, Late, University of California Los Angeles

James Q. Wilson, late, most recently taught at Boston College and Pepperdine University. Previously, he was Professor Emeritus of Management and Public Administration at UCLA and Shattuck Professor of Government at Harvard University. He wrote more than a dozen books on the subjects of public policy, bureaucracy and political philosophy. A former President of the American Political Science Association (APSA), he was the only political scientist to win three of the four lifetime achievement awards presented by the organization. In 2003 he received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian award. Professor Wilson's work helped shape the field of Political Science in the United States. His many years of service to AMERICAN GOVERNMENT: INSTITUTIONS AND POLICIES 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 Ph.D. 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. Dr. Dilulio has won awards from the Association of Public Policy Analysis and Management, the American Political Science Association and other bodies. He has also 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 director of the Peter S. Kalikow Center for the Study of the American Presidency, Peter S. Kalikow Chair in Presidential Studies and Professor of Political Science at Hofstra University. She received her Ph.D. from Princeton University in 1996. 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.

Matthew S. Levendusky, University of Pennsylvania

Matthew S. Levendusky is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Pennsylvania. He obtained his Ph.D. from Stanford University and his B.A. from The Pennsylvania State University. Dr. Levendusky's research focuses on understanding how institutions and elites influence the political behavior of ordinary citizens, including studies of mass polarization, the effects of partisan media and various other topics. His work has been honored with several awards, including the 2011 Jewell-Lowenberg Award for the best article published in Legislative Studies Quarterly, the 2013 best paper award from the Journal of Politics, the 2014 Goldsmith Book Prize from Harvard University's Shorenstein Center for HOW PARTISAN MEDIA POLARIZE AMERICA and the 2016 Erik Erikson Early Career Award from the International Society of Political Psychology.
  • New co-author Matthew Levendusky joins the esteemed author team.
  • Updates reflect the latest scholarship and current events, including 2015 Supreme Court rulings on gay marriage and health care; 2014 elections and the 2016 presidential race; ongoing debates about the federal budget, immigration, taxes, and other key issues in American politics; and foreign-policy decisions on Iran, Russia, and Syria.
  • Reworked Learning Objectives open, organize, and close each chapter, serving as a road map to key concepts to help students assess their comprehension. More visual aids have been added throughout, including infographic inside covers, new figures, and a striking new design.
  • 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.
1. The Study of American Government.
2. The Constitution.
3. Federalism.
4. American Political Culture.
5. Civil Liberties.
6. Civil Rights.
7. Public Opinion.
8. Political Participation.
9. Political Parties.
10. Elections and Campaigns.
11. Interest Groups.
12. The Media.
13. Congress.
14. The Presidency.
15. The Bureaucracy.
16. The Judiciary.
17. Domestic Policy.
18. Economic Policy.
19. Foreign and Military Policy.
20. American Democracy, Then and Now.
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"I am very pleased with the quality of the scholarship, writing style, clarity and analysis…. I am also pleased with the manner in which the publisher has packaged and presented the textbook and the ancillary materials. This is as solid and intellectually honest a textbook as one could hope for. It should be the standard by which all others are measured. The emphasis on students using their critical thinking skills to reach conclusions on issues of the day provides a firm foundation for their future growth as citizens of this country. In conclusion, I think that this is the finest American Government textbook available today. The authors combine excellent scholarship, academic rigor, practical examples and insights which makes this text an invaluable aid to any student trying to understand their government."

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