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American Government and Politics Today: No Separate Policy Chapters Version, 2016-2017 Edition 18th Edition

Lynne E. Ford, Barbara A. Bardes, Steffen W. Schmidt, Mack C. Shelley, II.

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  • 720 Pages
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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 2017–2018 edition's updates include in-depth coverage of the 2016 elections. MindTap® for American Government, Cengage Learning's fully online learning solution, is available and fully integrated with this text.

Lynne E. Ford, College of Charleston

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 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.

Barbara A. Bardes, University of Cincinnati

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.

Steffen W. Schmidt, Iowa State University

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. Dr. Schmidt has published 14 books and over 130 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 U.S. politics in U.S. and international media. He is a weekly blogger for Gannett, and comments on CNN en Español and Univision, as well as WNYC, New York. Dr. Schmidt is on Facebook (Steffen W Schmidt) and Twitter (DrPolitics).

Mack C. Shelley, II., Iowa State University

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).
  • This edition has been substantially revised and updated to include the 2016 national elections and recent data, issues, and engaging examples of politics and politicians.
  • In response to reviewers, Chapter 10: The Media and Politics has been significantly revised. This chapter puts a strong emphasis on the way social media connects individuals to one another and with ideas and political leaders.
  • "Politics in Practice" features appear in each chapter and focus on making politics and people taking political action visible to students by highlighting examples from popular culture and current events. In Chapter 2, the feature highlights the impact of the Broadway musical Hamilton. In Chapter 5, it shows the power of students to change the racial climate on their campus through protest. The feature is designed to enhance student interest by identifying a person or group of people who took on an issue and made a difference.
  • An "Election 2016" feature has been added to every chapter. Within the context of each chapter's focus, this feature guides students to think about the ways an election can change American politics or reinforce the status quo.
  • Greater attention has been paid to gender issues throughout the text, as suggested by reviewers. New material is included on the historic candidacy of Hillary Rodham Clinton, the Equal Pay Act, and the Lilly Ledbetter Act, as well as updated coverage of women's rights and gender equality, gender and racial discrimination, and the pay gap.
  • Tables and figures have been updated and the results of the 2016 election are included.
  • Recent court decisions on marriage equality and immigration, as well as foreign policy issues like the violence in Syria and the refugee crisis, are integrated into the appropriate chapters to ensure that the book addresses the most timely political events and topics.
  • "Beyond Our Borders" features give students both global and comparative context, covering topics related to key issues such as economic globalization, foreign elections, citizenship, immigration, and foreign lobbying.
  • Learning objectives begin each chapter and highlight the most important content, concepts and skills.
  • Most chapters include a social media screen capture that poses a critical-thinking question. This feature challenges students to apply chapter content to the real world.
  • End-of-chapter summaries link back to a Learning Objective to test student understanding of the topics at hand.
  • Within the context of each chapter's focus, an "Election 2016" feature guides students to think about the ways an election can change American politics or reinforce the status quo.
  • "What if... ?" questions prompt lively classroom discussion and encourage students to apply critical-thinking skills to current, real-life issues.
1. One Republic -- Two Americas?
2. The Constitution.
3. Federalism.
4. Civil Liberties.
5. Civil Rights.
6. Public Opinion and Political Socialization.
7. Interest Groups.
8. Political Parties.
9. Campaigns, Voting, and Elections.
10. The Media and Politics.
11. The Congress.
12. The President.
13. The Bureaucracy.
14. The Courts.
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