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AMERICAN GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS TODAY is known nationwide for its balanced, unbiased, and modern coverage of constitutional, governmental, political, social, and economic structures and their processes. The book provides the knowledge that allows students to make informed choices, encourages them to play an active role in the decision-making process, and promotes their enthusiastic participation in the world around them by giving them the tools they need to get involved. The 2015–2016 edition's updates include in-depth coverage of the midterm 2014 elections. NEW! MindTap – Cengage Learning’s fully online learning solution – is automatically included with purchase of the print text. MindTap combines student learning tools - readings, multimedia, activities and assessments - into a singular Learning Path. Through assignable, gradable activities written to learning outcomes, it provides students with ample opportunities to check for understanding, while also providing faculty and students with a clear way measure and assess progress. Faculty can use MindTap as a turnkey solution or easily customize by adding up to the minute news stories, YouTube videos, RSS feeds, or their own documents directly within it. With MindTap, it’s refreshingly simple to keep American Government course materials current, relatable, and engaging. Students will also appreciate that with MindTap everything is in one place – the eBook, activities, flashcards, quizzes, dictionary, and more – making study time more efficient. The print text, now significantly more affordable than previous editions, directs students to activities within MindTap. MindTap can also be purchased on its own if a student prefers to study completely online. The choice is theirs. To learn how easy –and beneficial - it is to start using MindTap in your courses, visit Cengage.com/mindtap.
- This edition is significantly more affordable than the previous edition.
- A chapter on “The Media and Politics” (Chapter 10) returns to this edition, updated to address modern media and technology as well as their roles in politics.
- Based on reviewers' requests, this edition pays greater attention to gender, with discussions throughout the book of gender as it relates to such topics as cabinet appointments, Congress, Supreme Court justices, voting, the women's right movement, the Nineteenth Amendment, and the gender pay gap.
- Chapter 9, “Campaign, Voting, and Elections,” combines and streamlines topics formerly covered in two chapters.
- A new feature, “Everyday Politics,” centers on a media resource, such as a film or a sitcom, that links directly to the chapter material. It is designed to attract student interest and to encourage critical thinking by placing the book's topics in the context of familiar popular culture and posing questions for students to consider. For instance, one chapter summarizes the Academy Award-winning movie Argo, which dramatizes a CIA agent's rescue of six U.S. diplomats from Iran during the 1979 Iran hostage crisis.
- “What Would You Do?” replaces the previous edition's “You Can Make a Difference” feature. This revised feature is more interactive for this edition, putting students in a position of power/authority while posing a critical thinking question, as opposed to simply referring them to websites for more information. For example, they may be asked to consider how they would vote on a handguns bill as a member of Congress.
- Provocative “What if . . . ?” questions prompt lively classroom discussion and encourage students to apply critical-thinking skills to current, real-life issues.
- A boxed “Beyond Our Borders” feature in each chapter gives students both global and comparative context, covering topics related to key issues such as economic globalization, foreign elections, citizenship, immigration, and foreign lobbying. New topics include government controlled media abroad, campaign length, and political rights in the global community, such as Egypt.
- Co-author, Lynne Ford, is now the lead author on the book previous known by author Schmidt.
- Chapter-opening Learning Outcomes help students target their reading and are revisited throughout the chapter and in the chapter summary. Objectives are tied to the outcomes that are expected from most Introduction to American Government courses across the country.
- “Politics with a Purpose” features highlight how individuals, groups, and modern technology have impacted the political system. They incorporate a review of key scholarship on the topic and offer a balance of positive and negative as well as modern and historical examples. Examples often include students who are employing the skills they have learned in college to bring about social and political change.
1. One Republic-Two Americas?
2. The Constitution.
Part II: CIVIL RIGHTS AND CIVIL 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. Campaigning, Voting, and Elections.
10. The Media and Politics.
Part IV: POLITICAL INSTITUTIONS.
11. The Congress.
12. The President.
13. The Bureaucracy.
14. The Courts.
Part V: PUBLIC POLICY.
15. Domestic Policy.
16. Economic Policy.
17. Foreign Policy and National Security.
Part VI: STATE AND LOCAL POLITICS.
18. State and Local Government.
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“The book is very well written and easy to understand, which is why I have used it in the past. It is very succinct in explaining the topics and does not veer off into such obscure detail that would confuse or complicate matters for the student.”
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