American Government and Politics Today, No Separate Policy Chapters Version, 2011-2012, 15th Edition

  • Steffen W. Schmidt Iowa State University
  • Mack C. Shelley, II. Iowa State University
  • Barbara A. Bardes University of Cincinnati
  • Lynne E. Ford College of Charleston
  • ISBN-10: 0495904465
  • ISBN-13: 9780495904465
  • 616 Pages Paperback 
  • Previous Editions: 2009, 2007, 2005
  • © 2012 | Published
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AMERICAN GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS TODAY is known nationwide for its balanced, unbiased, and up-to-date coverage of constitutional, governmental, political, social, and economic structures and their processes. AMERICAN GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS TODAY encourages students to experience the excitement that comes with being an engaged and informed citizen and provides them with the tools they need to get involved. In this new edition, the authors offer even more examples of students who have made a difference. This version of the text does not include the policy chapters.


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Features/Benefits

  • New co-author, Lynne E. Ford, from the College of Charleston, infuses the book with stronger coverage of gender and diversity.
  • Student-oriented features "Making A Difference" and "You Can Make A Difference" show students not only what they can do to become politically involved, but also why they should care enough to do so. Rich with examples and stories of actual students, these features will show students how easy it is to get involved in the political process.
  • A boxed feature entitled "Beyond Our Borders" appears in each chapter to give students both global and comparative context, covering topics related to key issues such as economic globalization, foreign elections, citizenship, immigration, and foreign lobbying. Examples are "Mexico's Pamphlet for Migrants" in Chapter 1 and "World Opinion of the United States" in Chapter 6.

What's New

  • New! New co-author, Lynne E. Ford, from the College of Charleston, infuses the book with stronger coverage of gender and diversity.
  • New! New and updated coverage of a multitude of topics including the 2010 midterm elections, the Obama presidency, the Tea Party movement, the political campaign advertising case Citizens United vs. FEC, the recent death penalty controversy over method of execution, recent legislation on health care, gun control, same-sex marriage, expanded coverage of Latinos (America’s largest majority) and coverage of the BP Oil Spill and it's impact on the 2010 mid-term elections.
  • New! A new Politics with a Purpose features highlight how a group or individual has impacted our political system. They succinctly incorporate a literature review of key scholarship on the topic and offer a balance of positive and negative, modern and historical examples. Examples include "When Passions Mobilize," about Tea Parties and Coffee Parties (Chapter 1); "The Innocence Project" about students fighting wrongful convictions (Chapter 4); and "Let's Put It to a Vote," concerning the complexity of referenda elections across the states (Chapter 9).
  • New! "What if…?" questions are Now placed in the chapter-opener, these provocative questions prompt lively classroom discussion and put critical thinking skills into practice with current, real-life issues such as What If the Constitution Had Banned Slavery Outright? (Chapter 2); What If One State's Same-Sex Marriages Had to be Recognized Nationwide? (Chapter 3); What if Parties were Supported Solely by Public Funding? (Chapter 8); What If Voting by Mail Became Universal? (Chapter 9); and What If the United States Brought Back the Draft? (Chapter 18).
  • New! "You Can Make a Difference" — These chapter-ending features show students ways to become politically involved. In the new edition, these features highlight one young adult in particular who has made or is making a difference resulting in greater appeal for students. For example, the Chapter 4 box, "Your Civil Liberties: Searches and Seizures" features the case of Savana Redding, the Arizona eighth-grader who was strip-searched at school; Chapter 8's box "Electing Convention Delegates" features William Styles, political science student at Western Carolina University, who was a convention delegate in 2008; Chapter 11's box, "Being a Critical Consumer of the News" features Harry Enten, Dartmouth student and blogger; and Chapter 12's box highlights Mike Frerichs, Illinois State Senator.
  • New! "Questions to Consider," which appear in the opener and help students target their reading, are now revisited directly in the chapter summary. These questions encourage students to think critically about the three most important points explored in the chapter from beginning to end.

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Table of Contents

PART ONE: THE AMERICAN SYSTEM
Chapter 1 The Democratic Republic
Chapter 2 The Constitution
Chapter 3 Federalism
PART TWO: CIVIL RIGHTS AND CIVIL LIBERTIES
Chapter 4 Civil Liberties
Chapter 5 Civil Rights
PART THREE: PEOPLE AND POLITICS
Chapter 6 Public Opinion and Political Socialization
Chapter 7 Interest Groups
Chapter 8 Political Parties
Chapter 9 Voting and Elections
Chapter 10 Campaigning for Office
Chapter 11 The Media and Cyberpolitics
PART FOUR: POLITICAL INSTITUTIONS
Chapter 12 The Congress
Chapter 13 The President
Chapter 14 The Bureaucracy
Chapter 15 The Courts
APPENDIX A The Declaration of Independence
APPENDIX B Federalist Papers Nos. 10 and 51
Glossary
Credits
Index

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Meet the Author

About the Author

Steffen W. Schmidt

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. Schmidt has published fourteen books and over one hundred and thirty 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 US politics in US and international media. He is a weekly blogger for Gannett, comments on CNN en Español and Univision as well as WNYC, New York. He's on Facebook (SteffenWSchmidt) and Twitter (DrPolitics).

Mack C. Shelley, II.

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

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.

Lynne E. Ford

Lynne E. Ford is Associate Provost for Curriculum and Academic Administration and professor of political science at the College of Charleston in Charleston, South Carolina. She received her B.A. from The Pennsylvania State University and her M.A. and Ph.D. in government and political behavior from the University of Maryland-College Park. Ford's teaching and research interests include women and politics, elections and voting behavior, political psychology, and civic engagement. She has written articles on women in state legislatures, the under-representation of women in political office in the American South, and work-family policy in the United States. She has also authored WOMEN AND POLITICS: THE PURSUIT OF EQUALITY and THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF WOMEN AND AMERICAN POLITICS. Ford served as department chair for eight years and she has led a number of campus-wide initiatives including general education reform, faculty compensation, and civic engagement.

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