Higher Education

GOVT6, 6th Edition

  • includes CourseMate Printed Access Card
  • Edward I. Sidlow Eastern Michigan University
  • Beth Henschen Eastern Michigan University
  • ISBN-10: 128543742X  |  ISBN-13: 9781285437422
  • 464 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2014, 2013, 2012
  • © 2015 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $52.50
  • Newer Edition Available
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Created through a student-tested, faculty-approved review process with input from more than 250 students and faculty, GOVT is an engaging and accessible solution to accommodate the diverse learning styles of today's learners at a value-based price. Focusing on the current and historical conflicts and controversies that define America as a nation, GOVT is a streamlined and extremely current text for the American Government course. Its motivating debate theme and appealing modern format speak directly to today's student. A full suite of learning tools--correlated to the text chapter-by-chapter--are available through CourseMate and include an eBook, Chapter In Review cards, videos, simulations, audio summaries, and quizzes that allow students to learn and study wherever they are and whenever they have time.

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Features and Benefits

  • Every 4LTR Press solution comes complete with an engaging print textbook, tear-out review cards, an interactive digital solution (CourseMate), and an eBook all of which were directly influenced by student focus groups and surveys, and from interviews with over 250 faculty and students.
  • Shorter, comprehensive chapters in a modern design present content in a more engaging and accessible format without minimizing coverage for your course.
  • Each chapter opens and closes with an "America at Odds" section discussing a relevant controversy being debated through summaries of opposing opinions and "Join the Debate" features expand on this theme.
  • Full-page "Study Tools" quizzes at the end of every chapter ensure that students succeed on their exams, helping them assess whether they truly understand the chapter content. The practice tests are carefully written around instructors' outcomes-based assessment needs, providing measurable results. The answers are provided in the back on the Chapter in Review cards.
  • Critical-thinking questions posing various issues for debate and discussion follow each major section, correlated to each Learning Outcome.
  • The "Rest of the World" compares our country's government and political issues with those in other countries.
  • "Perception vs. Reality" features promote critical thinking by presenting factual data that contradict common misconceptions, encouraging students to reconsider their own positions and broaden their perspective.
  • Tear-Out Review Cards at the back of the Student Editions provide students a portable study tool containing all of the pertinent information for class preparation.
  • Instructor Prep Cards at the back of the Instructor's Edition make preparation simple with detachable cards for each chapter, offering a quick map of chapter content, a list of corresponding supplements, additional examples, and suggested assignments and discussion questions to help you organize chapter content efficiently.
  • Every 4LTR Press solution comes with CourseMate, the interactive digital component that offers a full suite of unique learning tools that appeal to different learning styles. Quizzes, flashcards, downloadable audio summaries, videos, American Government NewsNow, and more are only a click away.
  • All of the content and resources you expect with a supplements package that is second to none, including a test bank and instructor's manual, multimedia PowerPoint® presentations, online course management tools with Engagement Tracker, an interactive eBook, current and historical videos, and much more.

Table of Contents

Political Participation Prep.
1. America in the 21st Century.
2. The Constitution.
3. Federalism.
4. Civil Liberties.
5. Civil Rights.
6. Interest Groups.
7. Political Parties.
8. Public Opinion and Voting.
9. Campaigns and Elections.
10. Politics and the Media.
11. Congress.
12. The Presidency.
13. The Bureaucracy.
14. The Judiciary.
15. Domestic Policy.
16. Foreign Policy.
Appendix A: The Declaration of Independence.
Appendix B: The Constitution of the United States.
Appendix C: Supreme Court Justices since 1900.
Appendix D: Information on U.S. Presidents.
Appendix E: Party Control of Congress since 1900.
Appendix F: Federalist Papers No. 10 and No. 51.

What's New

  • GOVT has been fully updated throughout to discuss current 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.
  • A new Skill Prep for Political Participation at the start of the text adds to the Study Skill Prep and offers helpful tips on how to get involved and become a more active citizen. Students will learn how to register to vote, read a court case, get involved in interest groups or local politics, interpret data and maps, and more.
  • New suggestions for Group Activities and American Government NewsNow assignments appear on the Instructor Prep Cards.
  • GOVT has been streamlined to ensure managable reading assignments with each chapter.

Learning Resource Bundles

Choose the textbook packaged with the resources that best meet your course and student needs. Contact your Learning Consultant for more information.

Print Option: Text + CourseMate, 1 term (6 months) Printed Access Card

ISBN-10: 1337146625  | ISBN-13: 9781337146623

List Price = $70.95  | CengageBrain Price = $70.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $52.50

This Bundle Includes:

  • GOVT6
    List Price = $69.95  | CengageBrain Price = $69.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $52.50
  • 4LTR Press Print Option Sticker
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Bundle: Text + General MindLink for CourseMate Printed Access Card

ISBN-10:  1305420136  | ISBN-13:  9781305420137

List Price = $78.95  | CengageBrain Price = $78.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $58.50

This Bundle Includes:

  • GOVT6
    List Price = $69.95  | CengageBrain Price = $69.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $52.50
  • CourseMate, 1 term (6 months) Printed Access Card
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  • General MindLink for CourseMate with American Government NewsWatch, 1 term (6 months) Printed Access Card
    List Price = $69.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $52.50

Bundle: Text + General MindLink for CourseMate Printed Access Card

ISBN-10:  130536662X  | ISBN-13:  9781305366626

List Price = $77.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $57.50

This Bundle Includes:

  • GOVT6
    List Price = $69.95  | CengageBrain Price = $69.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $52.50
  • General MindLink for CourseMate with American Government NewsWatch, 1 term (6 months) Printed Access Card
    List Price = $69.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $52.50

Printed Text + General MindLink for CourseMate with American Government NewsWatch Instant Access

ISBN-10:  1305614917 | ISBN-13:  9781305614918

List Price = $83.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $62.50

This Bundle Includes:

  • GOVT6
    List Price = $69.95  | CengageBrain Price = $69.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $52.50
  • General MindLink for CourseMate with American Government NewsWatch, 1 term (6 months) Instant Access
    List Price = $39.00  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $39.00

Efficacy and Outcomes


"[GOVT] offers students real links to real politics. I like the theme of the book, which follows that of America At Odds. [And GOVT] helps students to think critically about politics. Basically, everything you could want in a politics textbook is in GOVT.... My greatest limitation is that I do not have enough time during the semester to cover everything. So, knowing that students can rely on the textbook to fill in some of the gaps is very reassuring." - Paul Frank, Sacramento City College

— Paul Frank

"I have used other textbooks and am currently using GOVT because of its strengths and courage to address more controversial topics without trying to politicize anything--makes for more interesting reading." - Michaela Fazecas, University of Central Florida

— Michaela Fazecas

"I cannot deny the fact that students did not read [my previous textbook] and are reading GOVT. The students have said they prefer this style of text. . . . [T]hey seem to engage with the style of GOVT better than other texts. . . . The Learning Outcomes are a very effective tool, and are especially useful in how they highlight the beginning of the chapter, the beginning of each section of the chapter and then tie it all together with the review cards at the end of the text. The Learning Outcomes easily relate to the Student Learning Outcomes on the course syllabus, bridging the course materials to the course documents." - Wendy Johnston, SUNY Adirondack Community College

— Wendy Johnston

"I believe that the content is exceptional. . . . I would say the greatest strengths of [GOVT] are the fascinating debate and discussion questions and articles throughout the text. In addition, the writing style is very engaging. Finally the writing level is comprehensible to the average community college student, especially with the excellent use of graphs and charts throughout the text." - Paul Davis, Truckee Meadows Community College

— Paul Davis


All supplements have been updated in coordination with the main title. Select the main title's "About" tab, then select "What's New" for updates specific to title's edition.

For more information about these supplements, or to obtain them, contact your Learning Consultant.

Instructor Supplements

Instructor Companion Site  (ISBN-10: 1285775740 | ISBN-13: 9781285775746)

Everything you need for your course in one place! This collection of book-specific lecture and class tools is available online via www.cengage.com/login. Access and download PowerPoint presentations, images, instructor’s manual, videos, and more.

CourseMate with American Government NewsWatch, 1 term (6 months) Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 128545023X | ISBN-13: 9781285450230)

Cengage Learning's American Government CourseMate brings course concepts to life with interactive learning, study tools, and exam preparation tools that support the printed textbook. Use Engagement Tracker to assess student preparation and engagement in the course, and watch student comprehension soar as your class works with the textbook-specific website. An eBook allows students to take notes, highlight, and search. Other resources include video activities, animated learning modules, simulations, interactive quizzes, and timelines. The American Government NewsWatch is a real-time news and information resource, updated daily, that includes interactive maps, videos, podcasts, and hundreds of articles from leading journals, magazines, and newspapers from the United States and the world. Also included is the KnowNow! American Government Blog, which highlights three current events stories per week and consists of a succinct analysis of the story, multimedia, and discussion-starter questions. Access your course via www.cengage.com/login.

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Student Supplements

CourseMate with American Government NewsWatch, 1 term (6 months) Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 128545023X | ISBN-13: 9781285450230)

The more you study, the better the results. Make the most of your study time by accessing everything you need to succeed in one place. Read your textbook, take notes, watch videos, view timelines, take practice quizzes, and more--online with CourseMate. CourseMate also gives you access to the American Government NewsWatch website--a real-time news and information resource updated daily, and KnowNow!--the go-to blog about current events in American Government.

List Price = $72.95  | CengageBrain Price = $72.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $72.95

General MindLink for CourseMate with American Government NewsWatch, 1 term (6 months) Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 1305099516 | ISBN-13: 9781305099517)

List Price = $39.00  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $39.00

Meet the Author

Author Bio

Edward I. Sidlow

Edward Sidlow is professor of political science at Eastern Michigan University and EMU's faculty representative to the NCAA. Sidlow received his Ph.D. from The Ohio State University in 1979. He teaches broadly in the area of American politics and has published two books on Congress in addition to numerous articles in professional journals. Prior to his work at EMU, Sidlow served on the faculties of Arizona State University, Miami (OH) University, and Northwestern University, and was an academic administrator at Loyola University Chicago. He has won awards for outstanding teaching at Miami, Northwestern, and EMU, and is often called upon by print and electronic media for political analysis.

Beth Henschen

Beth Henschen received her Ph.D. from The Ohio State University and was a faculty member in the departments of political science at Purdue University and Loyola University Chicago before joining the faculty at Eastern Michigan University. She teaches courses in American government, judicial politics, and civil rights and liberties, and has been the recipient of several awards for teaching excellence. Her articles have appeared in numerous professional journals, including the American Political Science Review, American Politics Quarterly, Legislative Studies Quarterly, Judicature, Policy Studies Review, and Political Research Quarterly.