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Core Concepts in American Government What Everyone Should Know



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Core Concepts in American Government: What Everyone Should Know uses the cultural appeal of “lists” and “rank orders” as a pedagogical tool applied to American government. Each chapter presents a list of the top things a student should know about that topic, and then carefully and accessibly explores each of the items in the list. The lists contained in the text are used to teach introductory students what many scholars agree are the key, core aspects of American government.

Author Biography

Jeanne Zaino is an Associate Professor within Iona College's Department of Political Science & International Studies. Her work has been published in journals as varied as: Campaigns and Elections, Journal of Politics, Journal of Political Science Education, Dispute Resolution Journal, Journal of Pastoral Counseling, and the Chronicles of Higher Education. She is the author of Adventures in Social Research: Data Analysis Using SPSS (Pine Forge/Sage) with sociologists Earl Babbie and Fred Halley. Jeanne has participated on several radio programs, including NPR’s Marketplace, WHUD, and WCHE, Pennsylvania. And she is a frequent guest on local and national television with recent appearances on WCBS, News12, Fox 5, RNN, WNBC, Good Day New York, Good Day Street Talk, and Strategy Room. She has also been a weekly guest with a recurring spot on Bob Marrone's "Good Morning Westchester" (WVOX) for several years.


Table of Contents

1. The Foundations of American Government

2. Federalism

3. Congress

4. The Presidency

5. The Bureaucracy

6. The Judiciary

7. Civil Liberties and Civil Rights

8. Campaigns and Elections

9. Political Parties and Interest Groups

10. Political Participation, Socialization, Public Opinion, and the Media

11. American Public Policy

12. Foreign Policy

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