American Government and Politics Today: Essentials 2013 - 2014 Edition, 17th Edition

  • Barbara A. Bardes University of Cincinnati
  • Mack C. Shelley, II. Iowa State University
  • Steffen W. Schmidt Iowa State University
  • ISBN-10: 1133604374
  • ISBN-13: 9781133604372
  • 640 Pages Paperback 
  • Previous Editions: 2012, 2010, 2009
  • © 2014 | Published
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AMERICAN GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS TODAY: THE ESSENTIALS, 2013-2014 EDITION inspires students to join the exciting process of being active, informed citizens. Unbiased, concisely organized, updated with Election 2012 coverage and a new focus on learning outcomes, and completely redesigned for even greater reader appeal, the text's fundamental theme continues to be the importance of participating in active citizenship, emphasizing continual critical thinking about political issues, and encouraging students to become involved in the political process. With a keen understanding of the needs and interests of today's students, the authors incorporate interesting and relevant current examples to stimulate learning and excitement. This edition is available with Aplia, Cengage Learning's premiere online critical-thinking and learning system which reinforces and assesses learning outcomes--helping students understand the basic foundations of American government and why it all matters. Strong pedagogy, current examples, and engaging media--including videos--help students learn more and better prepare for class, while saving you time in grading and reporting student progress. See Supplements for more information on Aplia and other available media. NEW PREMIUM CONTENT IN MindTap FOR JANUARY 2014: DATA INFOGRAPHICS! Explore current American Government topics in a visually-stimulating way with these beautifully designed, up to date pdfs that simplify new analytical data such as the 2013 government shutdown and the ever-increasing powers of the American president. These NEW Data Infographics are automatically added to this book's MindTap learning path.


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  • With a concise organization and highly readable style, this appealing text provides thorough coverage in a streamlined format perfect for today's busy students.
  • The 2013-2014 edition engages students with added focus on how government impacts them: Chapter 1 shows students how government is everywhere, through every stage of their lives; "Why Should You Care?," "Social Media in Politics," and "Media Resources" sections incorporate the latest technology, blogs, and social networking, and more student demographics and cross-generational information are incorporated throughout.
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  • Learning Outcomes appear in the opener to help students target their reading and are revisited directly in the chapter summary. These objectives are tied to the introduction to American government outcomes that are expected from most courses across the country and help instructors meet and exceed the expectations for what the learner must know and be able to do at the end of the course.
  • "What If . . . ," "Beyond Our Borders," and "Did You Know?" features engage student interest while encouraging them to think critically about key concepts and develop a more informed and global perspective.
  • "Which Side Are You On?" features challenge students to take a stand on controversial issues and explore ways to take action.
  • "Politics and . . ." sections introduce important current issues of concern to today's students, including the economic downturn and recovery, diversity, ideology, and religion.
  • "Why Should You Care?" features conclude each chapter with specific reasons why the topic at hand directly affects the reader and provide ways in which students can become actively involved in American politics.
  • Every chapter concludes with Questions for Discussion and Analysis, Key Terms, a Chapter Summary, Selected Print and Media Resources, and an "E-Mocracy" feature that reinforces the importance of the Internet in modern American politics and suggests websites and Internet activities to help students learn more about chapter topics.

What's New

  • New "2012 Elections" features highlight the important impact of the 2012 presidential and congressional elections, including an analysis of the campaigns and election results, to help students think critically about recent events and consider them in the context of American political theory and history.
  • New "Social Media in Politics" marginal features connect students with online resources like political blogs and Twitter feeds relevant to the topic at hand.
  • A new "Student Study Skills" module opens the book, outlining tips for study, writing papers and essays, and test taking.
  • Learning Outcomes now open each chapter, giving students a first look at the chapter's key concepts. These learning outcomes are revisited throughout the chapter to provide students a roadmap with which they can assess their comprehension.
  • Full-page quizzes at the end of every chapter are correlated to the Learning Outcomes and ensure that students succeed on their exams, helping them assess whether they truly understand the chapter content.
  • A completely new interior design, influenced by how students read best.

Table of Contents

Part I: THE AMERICAN SYSTEM.
1. The Democratic Republic.
2. The Constitution.
3. Federalism.
Part II: CIVIL RIGHTS AND LIBERTIES.
4. Civil Liberties.
5. Civil Rights.
Part III: PEOPLE AND POLITICS.
6. Public Opinion and Political Socialization.
7. Interest Groups.
8. Political Parties.
9. Campaigns, Elections, and the Media.
Part IV: POLITICAL INSTITUTIONS.
10. The Congress.
11. The President.
12. The Bureaucracy.
13. The Courts.
Part V: PUBLIC POLICY.
14. Domestic and Economic Policy.
15. Foreign Policy.

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Meet the Author

About the Author

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.

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).

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).

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