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The reputable authors of AMERICAN GOVERNMENT: INSTITUTIONS AND POLICIES: THE ESSENTIALS combine excellent scholarship with practical examples and insight to create a text that is a clear and approachable tool for any student trying to understand the American government. This textbook highlights current issues in American politics focusing on the importance of American governmental institutions, the historical development of governmental procedures and policies, and who governs in the United States and to what ends. AMERICAN GOVERNMENT: INSTITUTIONS AND POLICIES follows a pedagogically proven course of study to maximize student involvement with the material. Highlighted key concepts, concise learning objectives, and features for practical application of contemporary debates on policy dynamics bolsters students' comprehension.
- New co-author Matthew Levendusky joins the esteemed author team.
- Updates reflect the latest scholarship and current events, including 2015 Supreme Court rulings on gay marriage and health care; 2014 elections and the 2016 presidential race; ongoing debates about the federal budget, immigration, taxes, and other key issues in American politics; and foreign-policy decisions on Iran, Russia, and Syria.
- Reworked Learning Objectives open, organize, and close each chapter, serving as a road map to key concepts to help students assess their comprehension.
- More visual aids have been added throughout, including infographic inside covers, new figures, and a striking new design.
- Landmark Cases summarize important Supreme Court cases.
- Then and Now openers show historical connections with today's politics.
- Policy Dynamics present current policy debates from Wilson's Politics of Policymaking framework.
- How We Compare examine how other nations structure their governments, policies, and the results of these differences.
- What Would You Do? asks students to become the decision maker in a domestic or foreign policy scenario.
- How Things Work highlight key political processes.
1. The Study of American Government.
2. The Constitution.
4. American Political Culture.
5. Civil Liberties.
6. Civil Rights.
Part II: OPINIONS, INTERESTS, AND ORGANIZATIONS.
7. Public Opinion.
8. Political Participation.
9. Political Parties.
10. Elections and Campaigns.
11. Interest Groups.
12. The Media.
Part III: INSTITUTIONS OF GOVERNMENT.
14. The Presidency.
15. The Bureaucracy.
16. The Judiciary.
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