9780495802815

American Government : Institutions and Policies

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    9780495802815

  • ISBN10:

    0495802816

  • Edition: 12th
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 1/1/2010
  • Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing
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Acclaimed for the scholarship of its prominent authors and the clarity of its narrative, AMERICAN GOVERNMENT: INSTITUTIONS AND POLICIES sets the standard for public policy coverage while maintaining focus on three fundamental topics: the institutions of American government; the historical development of governmental procedures, actors, and policies; and who governs in the United States and to what ends.

Student involvement in the material is bolstered by proven pedagogical features such as chapter outlines, "Who Governs?" and "To What Ends?" learning objective questions framing each chapter and "How Things Work" boxes that summarize important facts. The significantly enhanced media package with new online tools makes the learning experience engaging and accessible.

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"Whether it is the student who has come to believe that politics has always been about the status quo or the student who has given up because average citizens cannot produce real change (a very common bias in my experience), this book finds ways to present a more nuanced view of American politics and show them that there is more to learn about the political landscape... you then have a very good opportunity to seize their attention and get them interested."

Table of Contents

The American System
The Study of American Government
The Constitution
Federalism
American Political Culture
Civil Liberties
Civil Rights
Opinions, Interests, and Organizations
Public Opinion
Political Participation
Political Parties
Elections and Campaigns
Interest Groups
The Media
Institutions of Government
Congress
The Presidency
The Bureaucracy
The Judiciary
The Politics of Public Policy
The Policy-Making Process
Economic Policy
Social Welfare
Foreign and Military Policy
Environmental Policy
The Nature of American Democracy
Who Governs?
To What Ends?
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Took this course because I was required to. I'm not from this country, but this book really gave a great framework for someone who isn't necessarily keen to a new government system. This class, and book, really helped me out as I am considering citizenship.
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Understanding political issues. June 29, 2011
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American Government: Institutions and Policies sets the standard for public policy coverage while maintaining focus on three fundamental topics: the institutions of American government; the historical development of governmental procedures, actors, and policies; and who governs in the United States and to what ends. This textbook really explains everything as a textbook should do. And helps a lot on understanding political issues that are related to people. The significantly enhanced media package with new online tools makes the learning experience engaging and accessible. Highly recommended!
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