Higher Education

GOVT7, 7th Edition

  • includes CourseMate, 1 term (6 months) Printed Access Card
  • Edward I. Sidlow Eastern Michigan University
  • Beth Henschen Eastern Michigan University
  • ISBN-10: 1285870298  |  ISBN-13: 9781285870298
  • 464 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2015, 2014, 2013
  • © 2016 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $52.50
  • Newer Edition Available
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About

Overview

Focusing on the current and historical conflicts and controversies that define America as a nation, GOVT is a streamlined and 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 the MindTap Reader eBook, Chapter In Review cards, videos, simulations, audio summaries, quizzes, and NEW Trackable Activities that allow students to learn and study wherever they are and whenever they have time. 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 and needs of today's learners at a value-based price.

Features and Benefits

  • Every 4LTR Press solution comes complete with an engaging print textbook, tear-out review cards, an interactive digital solution (Enhanced 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 the “Join the Debate” features expands 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 of the book as part of an answers appendix.
  • Critical-thinking questions posing various issues for debate and discussion follow each major section, correlated to each Learning Outcome.
  • The “Rest of the World” feature compares our country's government and political issues with those of other countries.
  • “Perception vs. Reality” features promotes 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 with 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 Enhanced 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, Trackable Activities, 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 MindTap Reader eBook, current and historical videos, and much more.

Table of Contents

Skill Prep: A Study Skills Module
Take Action: A Guide to Political Participation
Part I: THE FOUNDATIONS OF OUR AMERICAN SYSTEM.
1. America in the 21st Century.
2. The Constitution.
3. Federalism.
Part II: OUR LIBERTIES AND RIGHTS.
4. Civil Liberties.
5. Civil Rights.
Part III: THE POLITICS OF DEMOCRACY.
6. Interest Groups.
7. Political Parties.
8. Public Opinion and Voting.
9. Campaigns and Elections.
10. Politics and the Media.
Part IV: INSTITUTIONS.
11. Congress.
12. The Presidency.
13. The Bureaucracy.
14. The Judiciary.
Part V: PUBLIC POLICY.
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. (ONLINE)
Appendix E: Party Control of Congress since 1900. (ONLINE)
Appendix F: Federalist Papers No. 10 and No. 51.

What's New

  • NEW GOVT has been fully updated throughout to discuss current topics.
  • NEW Election 2014 boxes will include the most up-to-date information on the 2014 midterm elections.
  • Revised America at Odds, Join the Debate, and Perception versus Reality features provide timely new examples of relevant topics for students understanding today’s government.
  • Streamlined Skill Prep Study Skills module at the front of the textbook.
  • The appendices on the U.S. Presidents and the Party Control of Congress will be moved online to the CourseMate website.
  • The Social Media in Politics boxes found throughout the text will be updated to include important websites for student understanding and research, and will now be included in the Chapter in Review cards in the back of the text.
  • NEW Enhanced CourseMate will provide Randomized Practice Quizzing, Gradable Quiz questions, and Trackable Interactive Activities which will include matching and drag-and-drop activities with maps and figures pulled straight from the print textbook. Engagement Tracker allows instructors to record student progress, and the MindTap Reader eBook allows for the functionality of the MindTap apps.

Alternate Formats

Choose the format that best fits your student's budget and course goals

To customize your learning solution, contact your Learning Consultant for more information.

  • Non-Media Edition

    ISBN-10: 1285871111 | ISBN-13: 9781285871110

    List Price = $69.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $52.50

Learning Resource Bundles

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

ISBN-10: 1337074098 | ISBN-13: 9781337074094

List Price = $69.95  | CengageBrain Price = $69.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $52.50

This Bundle Includes:

  • GOVT7
    List Price = $69.95  | CengageBrain Price = $69.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $52.50
  • LMS Integrated Sticker
    List Price = $.00  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $.00


Efficacy and Outcomes

Reviews

“The biggest issue with Intro to American government is that there is a lot of material to cover in a short amount of time. The GOVT text provides a concise breakdown of information that is very useful in an overloaded course such as this one.”

— Geoffrey Shine, Wharton County Junior College

“[GOVT’s strengths are] straightforward coverage of key issues, it’s easy to read, and there is not a lot of extraneous information. [It also includes a] nice use of current issues.”

— Mark S. Jendrysik, University of North Dakota

Supplements

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

Cengage Learning Testing, powered by Cognero Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 1285872525 | ISBN-13: 9781285872520)

CourseReader Unlimited: American Government Instant Access Code  (ISBN-10: 1111680582 | ISBN-13: 9781111680589)

COURSEREADER: AMERICAN GOVERNMENT allows you to create your reader, your way, in just minutes. This affordable, fully customizable online reader provides access to thousands of permissions-cleared readings, articles, primary sources, and audio and video selections from the regularly-updated Gale research library database. This easy-to-use solution allows you to search for and select just the material you want for your courses. Each selection opens with a descriptive introduction to provide context, and concludes with critical-thinking and multiple-choice questions to reinforce key points. COURSEREADER is loaded with convenient tools like highlighting, printing, note-taking, and downloadable MP3 audio files for each reading. COURSEREADER is the perfect complement to any Political Science course. It can be bundled with your current textbook, sold alone, or integrated into your learning management system. COURSEREADER Unlimited allows access to any number of selections in the reader. Please contact your Cengage sales representative for details.

List Price = $170.00  | CengageBrain Price = $170.00  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $170.00

CourseReader 0-60: American Government Instant Access Code  (ISBN-10: 1111680558 | ISBN-13: 9781111680558)

COURSEREADER: AMERICAN GOVERNMENT allows you to create your reader, your way, in just minutes. This affordable, fully customizable online reader provides access to thousands of permissions-cleared readings, articles, primary sources, and audio and video selections from the regularly-updated Gale research library database. This easy-to-use solution allows you to search for and select just the material you want for your courses. Each selection opens with a descriptive introduction to provide context, and concludes with critical-thinking and multiple-choice questions to reinforce key points. COURSEREADER is loaded with convenient tools like highlighting, printing, note-taking, and downloadable MP3 audio files for each reading. COURSEREADER is the perfect complement to any Political Science course. It can be bundled with your current textbook, sold alone, or integrated into your learning management system. COURSEREADER 0-60 allows access to up to 60 selections in the reader. Please contact your Cengage sales representative for details.

List Price = $135.00  | CengageBrain Price = $135.00  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $135.00

CourseReader 0-30: American Government Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 1111479976 | ISBN-13: 9781111479978)

COURSEREADER: AMERICAN GOVERNMENT allows you to create your reader, your way, in just minutes. This affordable, fully customizable online reader provides access to thousands of permissions-cleared readings, articles, primary sources, and audio and video selections from the regularly-updated Gale research library database. This easy-to-use solution allows you to search for and select just the material you want for your courses. Each selection opens with a descriptive introduction to provide context, and concludes with critical-thinking and multiple-choice questions to reinforce key points. COURSEREADER is loaded with convenient tools like highlighting, printing, note-taking, and downloadable MP3 audio files for each reading. COURSEREADER is the perfect complement to any Political Science course. It can be bundled with your current textbook, sold alone, or integrated into your learning management system. COURSEREADER 0-30 allows access to up to 30 selections in the reader. Please contact your Cengage sales representative for details.

List Price = $66.00  | CengageBrain Price = $66.00  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $66.00

CourseReader 0-30: American Government Printed Access Card  (ISBN-10: 111147995X | ISBN-13: 9781111479954)

COURSEREADER: AMERICAN GOVERNMENT allows you to create your reader, your way, in just minutes. This affordable, fully customizable online reader provides access to thousands of permissions-cleared readings, articles, primary sources, and audio and video selections from the regularly-updated Gale research library database. This easy-to-use solution allows you to search for and select just the material you want for your courses. Each selection opens with a descriptive introduction to provide context, and concludes with critical-thinking and multiple-choice questions to reinforce key points. COURSEREADER is loaded with convenient tools like highlighting, printing, note-taking, and downloadable MP3 audio files for each reading. COURSEREADER is the perfect complement to any Political Science course. It can be bundled with your current textbook, sold alone, or integrated into your learning management system. COURSEREADER 0-30 allows access to up to 30 selections in the reader. Please contact your Cengage sales representative for details.

List Price = $66.00  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $49.50

Student Supplements

GOVT 7 (Book Only)  (ISBN-10: 1285871111 | ISBN-13: 9781285871110)

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 lifestyles and needs of today's learners. 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 learners.

List Price = $69.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $52.50

CourseReader Unlimited: American Government Instant Access Code  (ISBN-10: 1111680582 | ISBN-13: 9781111680589)

Easy to use and affordable access to readings, articles, primary sources, and audio and video selections for your courses with this customized online reader. COURSEREADER: AMERICAN GOVERNMENT helps you to stay organized and gives you convenient access to course material, no matter where you are.

List Price = $170.00  | CengageBrain Price = $170.00  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $170.00

CourseReader 0-60: American Government Instant Access Code  (ISBN-10: 1111680558 | ISBN-13: 9781111680558)

Easy to use and affordable access to readings, articles, primary sources, and audio and video selections for your courses with this customized online reader. COURSEREADER: AMERICAN GOVERNMENT helps you to stay organized and gives you convenient access to course material, no matter where you are.

List Price = $135.00  | CengageBrain Price = $135.00  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $135.00

CourseReader 0-30: American Government Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 1111479976 | ISBN-13: 9781111479978)

COURSEREADER: AMERICAN GOVERNMENT allows you to create your reader, your way, in just minutes. This affordable, fully customizable online reader provides access to thousands of permissions-cleared readings, articles, primary sources, and audio and video selections from the regularly-updated Gale research library database. This easy-to-use solution allows you to search for and select just the material you want for your courses. Each selection opens with a descriptive introduction to provide context, and concludes with critical-thinking and multiple-choice questions to reinforce key points. COURSEREADER is loaded with convenient tools like highlighting, printing, note-taking, and downloadable MP3 audio files for each reading. COURSEREADER is the perfect complement to any Political Science course. It can be bundled with your current textbook, sold alone, or integrated into your learning management system. COURSEREADER 0-30 allows access to up to 30 selections in the reader. Please contact your Cengage sales representative for details.

List Price = $66.00  | CengageBrain Price = $66.00  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $66.00

Meet the Author

Author Bio

Edward I. Sidlow

Edward Sidlow is professor of political science at Eastern Michigan University, and is also EMU's Faculty Representative to the NCAA. Sidlow received his Ph.D. from 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.