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Overview

This popular brief edition text for the one-semester or one-quarter American Government course maintains the framework of Wilson's comprehensive text, emphasizing the historical development of the American political system, who governs, and to what ends. AMERICAN GOVERNMENT, BRIEF VERSION, TENTH EDITION offers new coverage of such key and emerging issues as the 2010 campaigns and elections; leadership of President Obama and the 111th Congress; the economic downturn and new policies to combat the crisis; healthcare reform; recent changes to the Supreme Court; same-sex marriage; and the war in Afghanistan. The text also emphasizes critical thinking skills throughout and includes many tools to help students maximize their study efforts ... and results.

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.
  • New! New topics include the 2010 campaigns and elections; coverage of the Obama administration and the 111th Congress; the economic downturn and new policies to combat the crisis; healthcare reform; recent changes to the Supreme Court; same-sex marriage; the war in Afghanistan; and the increased role of the Internet and other technology in today's political world.
  • New! Each chapter includes a new "So What?" section, posing a question to students about the content ahead, asking them to brainstorm about possible answers, and then offering an alternate answer that may not be so apparent.
  • New! A new "What Would You Do?" box in each chapter further enhances the critical thinking emphasis of the book, challenging students to explore their opinions on controversial topics and generating classroom discussion and debate.
  • New! "How We Compare" features show how other nations around the world structure their governments and policies in relation to the U.S. and ask students to think about the results of these differences.
  • New! Each chapter now concludes with a guide to the multimedia resources available for that chapter's concepts on the book's CourseMate site, including videos, simulations, animated learning modules, and quizzing, all coordinated to the topics at hand.
  • Numerous, colorful figures, tables, and photographs engage students and bring concepts to life, while end-of-chapter Online Resources, CourseMate guide, and Suggested Readings point students toward further application and enrichment.
  • AMERICAN GOVERNMENT, BRIEF VERSION, TENTH EDITION is known for its outstanding scholarship, strong historical coverage, and focus on institutions and policy, in a concise, affordable package that covers the essential concepts in American government.
  • Students learn to think critically and synthesize the material through the text's chapter-opening Enduring Questions, chapter-closing Reconsidering the Enduring Questions, and conversational narrative that expands on the classic issues of democracy.
  • Key facts and concepts are pulled out in each chapter to guide students, while marginal definitions serve as helpful references while reading.
  • Landmark Cases highlight the most important court cases and provide brief overviews of their decisions.
1. What Should We Know About American Government?
2. The Constitution.
3. Civil Liberties.
4. Civil Rights.
5. Federalism.
6. Public Opinion and the Media.
7. Political Parties and Interest Groups.
8. Campaigns and Elections.
9. Congress.
10. The Presidency.
11. The Bureaucracy.
12. The Judiciary.
13. Making Domestic Policy.
14. Making Foreign and Military Policy.
15. How American Government Has Changed.

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  • ISBN-10: 1133338321
  • ISBN-13: 9781133338321
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  • ISBN-10: 0495906786
  • ISBN-13: 9780495906780
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"This is superb book. It covers a tremendous amount of material briefly and clearly without sacrificing complexity or compromising scholarly standards. Moreover, it's balanced; the author has no axe to grind, no partisan agenda he's seeking to further."

"Wilson has always had the gift of lucidity... I like the idea of 'Enduring Questions', as today's students seem to need the bottom line."

"Strengths: 1) Depth of coverage even though it is a brief version. The major topics with each chapter are covered well; 2) Breakdown of the chapters into subdivisions that enhance the main topic from within; 3) the blue boxes that include the definitions of major topics, words, events or other important information; and 4) the Enduring Questions with the 'Reconsidering the Enduring Questions' at the end of the chapter. These are excellent starter questions to get the class engaged at the beginning and throughout the course of the lecture and class."