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Learn how American politics affect public policy Government in America explores our government’s impact on the daily lives of Americans by focusing on public policy. Authors George Edwards and Martin Wattenberg provide a framework for students to understand the difficult questions that decision makers of both political parties are facing: How should we govern? And, what should government do? In order to boost student engagement with key concepts, the 2014 Elections and Updates Edition incorporates coverage of contemporary issues that dominate today’s headlines, as well as the most up-to-date data.
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George C. Edwards III is University Distinguished Professor of Political Science at Texas A&M University and the Jordan Chair in Presidential Studies. He is also a Distinguished Fellow at the University of Oxford. When he determined that he was unlikely to become shortstop for the New York Yankees, he turned to political science. Today, he is one of the country’s leading scholars of the presidency and has written or edited 26 books on American politics.
Martin P. Wattenberg teaches courses on American politics at the University of California, Irvine. His first regular paying job was with the Washington Redskins, from which he moved on to receive a Ph.D. at the University of Michigan. He is the author of Is Voting for Young People?, which examines the role of young people in elections today. His research also encompasses how elections in the United States compare to those in other established democracies.
Table of Contents
PART I: CONSTITUTIONAL FOUNDATIONS 1. Introducing Government in America 2. The Constitution 3. Federalism 4. Civil Liberties and Public Policy 5. Civil Rights and Public Policy
PART II: PEOPLE AND POLITICS 6. Public Opinion and Political Action 7. The Mass Media and the Political Agenda 8. Political Parties 9. Campaigns and Voting Behavior 10. Interest Groups
PART III: THE POLICYMAKERS 11. Congress 12. The Presidency 13. The Budget: The Politics of Taxing and Spending 14. The Federal Bureaucracy 15. The Federal Courts
PART IV: POLICIES 16. Economic and Social Welfare Policymaking 17. Policymaking for Health Care, the Environment, and Energy 18. National Security Policymaking