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15th Edition

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

  • Published
  • Previous Editions 2015
  • 884 Pages


The reputable authors of AMERICAN GOVERNMENT: INSTITUTIONS AND POLICIES 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 American government. The book highlights current issues while being focused on the importance of institutions, the historical development of governmental procedures, actions, and policies, as well as who governs in the United States and to what ends.

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.

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