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Karen O’Connor is the Jonathan N. Helfat Distinguished Professor of Political Science and the Founder and Director Emerita of the Women & Politics Institute at American University. Before coming to American University, Karen taught political science for seventeen years at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, where she was the first woman to receive the university’s highest teaching award. She has been recognized by several associations as the most outstanding woman in political science and public administration as well as by the Southern Political Science Association (SPSA) for her contributions to the discipline. She has served on the American Political Science Association (APSA) and SPSA councils and as chair of the Law and Courts and Women and Politics Research sections of the APSA.
Larry J. Sabato is the founder and director of the University of Virginia Center for Politics. A Rhodes Scholar, Sabato has taught more than tens of thousands of students in his career at Oxford University, Cambridge University, and the University of Virginia. At the University of Virginia, Sabato has received every major teaching award, including the university’s highest honor, the Thomas Jefferson Award. In 2013 Prof. Sabato won an Emmy award for the documentary Out of Order, which he produced to highlight the dysfunctional U.S. Senate, and in 2014, Professor Sabato received a second Emmy award for the PBS documentary based on his New York Times bestseller The Kennedy Half-Century. Sabato directs the Crystal Ball website, which has an unparalleled record of accuracy in predicting U.S. elections. For more information, visit http://www.centerforpolitics.org.
Alixandra B. Yanus is Assistant Professor of Political Science at High Point University, where she teaches courses in American government and gender and politics. She is also co-director of the Women and Gender Equality (W.A.G.E.) Leadership Project. She holds a B.A. in Political Science from American University and a M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her scholarly research has been accepted for publication in peer-reviewed venues including Social Science Quarterly, Politics & Gender, and Women, Politics, & Public Policy, and in book chapters published by Oxford University Press, CQ Press, and Sage.
Table of Contents
PART I: FOUNDATIONS OF GOVERNMENT 1. American Government: Roots, Context, and Culture 2. The Constitution 3. The Federal System 4. Civil Liberties 5. Civil Rights
PART II: INSTITUTIONS OF GOVERNMENT 6. Congress 7. The Presidency 8. The Executive Branch and the Federal Bureaucracy 9. The Judiciary
PART III: POLITICAL BEHAVIOR 10. Public Opinion and Political Socialization 11. Political Parties 12. Elections and Voting 13. The Campaign Process 14. The News Media 15. Interest Groups
PART IV: PUBLIC POLICY 16. Domestic Policy 17. Economic Policy 18. Foreign and Defense Policy
APPENDICES Appendix 1. The Declaration of Independence Appendix 2. Annotated Constitution Appendix 3. Federalist Papers: Numbers 10, 51, 78, 577