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UNDERSTANDING AMERICAN GOVERNMENT is highly respected and trusted for its attention to research and issues of diversity, as well as for its award-winning team of authors. While covering the foundations of American government, this text also moves beyond the nuts and bolts to explain why and how important aspects of government have evolved, their impact on government and individuals, and why they may be controversial, inspire debate, and worth learning. More than just narrating facts and current issues, UNDERSTANDING AMERICAN GOVERNMENT leaves students with an understanding of the “why”, so their knowledge can be applied long after the course is completed. UNDERSTANDING AMERICAN GOVERNMENT is a three-time winner of the American Government Textbook Award for the Best Treatment of Women in Politics, by the Women’s Caucus for Political Science.
- All chapters now include learning objectives to help guide students through the chapter material.
- Chapters conclude with a bulleted summary that connects the key points of the chapter with the learning objectives.
- Discussion questions (5 – 10 per chapter) are included at the end of each chapter as a new critical thinking tool.
- A new feature, “Thinking About Democracy,” encourages students to think critically about our system of government.
- CourseReader allows users to create a fully customized online reader in minutes. Through a partnership with Gale, COURSEREADER: AMERICAN GOVERNMENT provides access to thousands of readings, articles, primary sources, and audio and video selections from multiple disciplines. Each chapter of the text highlights a CourseReader selection and includes critical thinking questions about the reading.
- A new streamlined organization includes 15 chapters and 4 policy modules.
- The four policy modules have a more narrow focus that addresses specific topics, and the policy topics are cross-referenced throughout the text so that political processes and policies can more readily be studied as complementary.
- A reader-friendly presentation gives students a solid grounding in the concepts required for informed, effective citizenship, with an emphasis on the impact of government: how individual features of government affect its responsiveness to different groups.
- “Talking Points” chapter-opening vignettes use current events to engage students in chapter topics.
- Diversity issues are introduced in Chapter 1 and integrated throughout the text and photo program. Lively “American Diversity” boxes illustrate the impact of the social diversity of the American population on political life.
- In-text call-outs pinpoint where specific issues are addressed in the Constitution, making it easy to reference the document in the appendix and to see how the Constitution deals with the topic at hand.
- “Behind the Scenes” boxes draw students into the material and illustrate how government and politics really work.
- The introductory chapter frames the book’s theme of the role of government. It asks the big questions such as: Why do we have government? Why is it so big? How much power does it really have? How much power do the people have?
- Fully updated material throughout reflects the 2012 election cycle and the latest issues, information, and scholarship necessary for a current understanding of American government. In addition, an overall streamlining helps clarify key concepts for students in an even more accessible and engaging fashion.
1. The American People.
2. The Constitution.
4. Public Opinion.
5. News Media.
6. Interest Group.
7. Political Parties.
10. The Presidency.
11. The Bureaucracy.
12. The Judiciary.
13. Civil Liberties.
14. Civil Rights.
Economic Policy Module.
Heath Policy Module.
Environmental Policy Module.
Foreign Policy Module.
“I think that the Welch text has been successful in accomplishing the goals of stimulating and promoting critical thinking among students and other users, increasing awareness on diversity issues, and in helping students to gain a better grasp of the foundation and basic features of American government.”
“The book does a great job articulating a vision of America as multicultural and diverse. It does a superb job in terms of laying the framework for American governance in clear terms but ones that do not sacrifice the complexities of the founding. It doesn’t overwhelm students with jargon and does a decent job relating government to students…it is highly successful in conveying the raison detre for government and governance in America and the national level.”
Cengage provides a range of supplements that are updated in coordination with the main title selection. For more information about these supplements, contact your Learning Consultant.
Latino-American Politics Supplement
Authored by Fernando Pinon, this revised and updated thirty-two-page supplement uses real examples to detail politics related to Latino Americans.
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Latino-American Politics Supplement