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PERSPECTIVES ON AMERICAN POLITICS is a thematically rich reader of current selections containing a wide range of perspectives that illustrate how the American system works. It is organized into four categories: Foundations, American Politics Today, Issue and Controversy, and View from the Inside. Selections reflect dramatic recent developments in American politics such as the 2008 election, the economic crisis, and the ongoing controversy over corporate influence in political campaigns. The text's thirteen chapters correspond with the most frequently assigned chapters of American Government textbooks, making it an ideal supplement to any core text.
- NEW! Selections reflecting dramatic recent developments in American politics including--the economic crisis; --questions about gridlock and the separation of powers; --the debate over presidential vs. congressional control of the war powers; --the ongoing controversy over corporate influence in political campaigns.(brought to the forefront with the Supreme Court's 2010 decision in Citizens' United v. Federal Communications Commission).
- NEW! Additional "Issue and Controversy" selections.
- Streamlined chapters present essential perspectives.
- The majority of the chapters in the book contain selections from all four perspectives: Foundations, American Politics Today, Issue and Controversy, and View from the Inside.
- Perspectives make it easy to include or exclude specific material.
3. Civil Liberties.
4. Civil Rights.
5. Political Culture and Public Opinion.
6. Interest Groups.
7. The Media.
8. Parties and Elections.
9. The Congress.
10. The Presidency.
11. The Bureaucracy.
12. The Judiciary.
13. Public Policy.
"It gives a broad brush opportunity to read and analyze several aspects of American Government." -- Gray Goodman, San Jacinto College, Central Campus
"It has a nice balance between classic and contemporary essays, it has helpful introductory essays, and its organization is clear and easy to integrate with a textbook." -- Gary C. Bryner , Brigham Young University