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Cengage Advantage Books: American Government and Politics Today, Brief Edition, 2014-2015 8th Edition

Steffen W. Schmidt, Mack C. Shelley, II, Barbara A. Bardes

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  • 432 Pages


New features, up-to-date political news and analysis, and a great price make AMERICAN GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS TODAY: BRIEF EDITION, 2014-2015 a top seller. The text shows students how easily and effectively they can participate in the political process. Praised for its balanced coverage, the book examines all the key concepts of American government, while providing exciting student-oriented features that focus on active citizenship.

Steffen W. Schmidt, Iowa State University

Steffen W. Schmidt is a professor of political science at Iowa State University. He grew up in Colombia, South America, and has studied in Colombia, Switzerland, and France. He has a B.A. from Rollins College and obtained his Ph.D. from Columbia University, New York, in public law and government. Dr. Schmidt has published 14 books and over 130 articles in scholarly journals and is the recipient of numerous prestigious teaching prizes, including the Amoco Award for Lifetime Career Achievement in Teaching and the Teacher of the Year award. He is a pioneer in the use of web-based and real-time video courses and is a member of the American Political Science Association's section on Computers and Multimedia. He is known as "Dr. Politics" for his extensive commentary on U.S. politics in U.S. and international media. He is a weekly blogger for Gannett, and comments on CNN en Español and Univision, as well as WNYC, New York. Dr. Schmidt is on Facebook (Steffen W Schmidt) and Twitter (DrPolitics).

Mack C. Shelley, II, Iowa State University

Mack C. Shelley, II is a professor of political science and statistics at Iowa State University. After receiving his bachelor's degree from American University in Washington, DC, he went on to graduate studies at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, where he received a master's degree in Economics and a Ph.D. in Political Science. He arrived at Iowa State in 1979. From 1993 to 2002 he served as elected co-editor of the POLICY STUDIES JOURNAL. Shelley has also published numerous articles, books, and monographs on public policy, including THE PERMANENT MAJORITY: THE CONSERVATIVE COALITION IN THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS; BIOTECHNOLOGY AND THE RESEARCH ENTERPRISE: A GUIDE TO THE LITERATURE (with William F. Woodman and Brian J. Reichel); AMERICAN PUBLIC POLICY: THE CONTEMPORARY AGENDA (with Steven G. Koven and Bert E. Swanson); and QUALITY RESEARCH IN LITERACY AND SCIENCE EDUCATION: INTERNATIONAL PERSPECTIVES AND GOLD STANDARDS (with Larry Yore and Brian Hand).

Barbara A. Bardes, University of Cincinnati

Barbara A. Bardes is professor emerita of political science at the University of Cincinnati. She received her B.A. and M.A. from Kent State University and her Ph.D. from the University of Cincinnati. She served as a faculty member in political science and dean of Mundelein College at Loyola University of Chicago. In 1993, she was appointed dean of Raymond Walters College of the University of Cincinnati, where she served until 2003. She returned to the political science department, where she held the position of graduate director before retiring. Bardes has written articles on public and foreign policy, and women and politics. She also has co-authored Declarations of Independence: Women and Political Power In 19th Century American Novels; Thinking About Public Policy; Public Opinion: Measuring The American Mind; and American Government And Politics Today.
  • New and updated coverage of a multitude of topics including the debt crisis and negotiations, economic recession, the debate over same-sex marriage, new media in politics, the power of interest groups, relations with North Korea and the rest of the world, and in-depth coverage and analysis of the 2012 elections, including the influence of SuperPACs and the impact of redistricting on the composition of the House of Representatives.
  • Learning Outcomes now open each chapter, giving students a first look at the chapter's key concepts. These learning outcomes are also revisited throughout the chapter, and correlated with each major section, to provide students a roadmap for assessing their comprehension.
  • Full-page quizzes at the end of every chapter are correlated to the Learning Outcomes to help students assess whether they truly understand the chapter content, and ensure that that they succeed on their exams.
  • New "Social Media in Politics" and "Helpful Web Sites" marginal features connect students with online resources like political blogs and Twitter feeds relevant to the topic at hand.
  • For the first time, students will receive CourseMate packaged with the text as the main text package. With CourseMate, students have a wealth of study tools at their fingertips: practice quizzes, key term flashcards and crossword puzzles, audio chapter summaries, simulations, animated learning modules, interactive timelines, videos, and American Government NewsWatch. The stand-alone text is available, as well.
  • A new design creates a visually appealing, user-friendly presentation that will engage students' interest while maintaining its hallmark affordable price.
  • "At Issue" boxes focus on current events and controversial topics to provide discussion and conclude with "For Critical Analysis" questions to ignite critical thinking.
  • This brief, fourteen-chapter text has been heralded by reviewers as the best essentials text for its affordability, conciseness, clarity, and readability.
  • Strong themes of informed and active participation along with a critical-thinking approach spark student interest to get involved and know more.
  • "Making a Difference" boxes at the end of each chapter promote student participation by answering the questions "Why Should You Care?" and "What Can You Do?" and offering practical ways for them to get involved in politics and additional online resources.
1. The Democratic Republic.
2. Forging a New Government: The Constitution.
3. Federalism.
4. Civil Liberties.
5. Civil Rights.
6. Public Opinion, Political Socialization, and the Media.
7. Interest Groups and Political Parties.
8. Campaigns and Elections.
9. The Congress.
10. The Presidency.
11. The Bureaucracy.
12. The Judiciary.
13. Domestic and Economic Policy.
14. Foreign Policy.
Appendix A: The Declaration of Independence.
Appendix B: The Constitution of the United States.
Appendix C: Federalist Papers No. 10 and No. 51.

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  • ISBN-10: 1285436385
  • ISBN-13: 9781285436388
  • Bookstore Wholesale Price $114.00
  • RETAIL $151.95