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Published annually at the start of each year this text provides unmatched currency and is the first student-centered American government text. It provides instructors who normally choose either a big, brief, or essentials text with scholarly, succinct, and conventionally organized core content; and a magazine format that engages students and motivates active participation in our democracy. All this, and at a price that students prefer.

What's more, AM GOV is the product of serious scholarship: painstaking student and instructor reviews, surveys, and focus groups, as well as and ethnographic research into student study behaviors, preferences, and needs. AM GOV brings serious fun to American Government through its quality, currency, features, and format.

The Texas edition includes 10 additional chapters on the government and politics of the Lone Star State including the Texas Constitution, political parties, the legislature, the governor and executive branch, the judicial system, local government, and financing state government.

The new 2010 edition offers an exciting new feature called First 100 Days which showcases the actions of the Obama administration during the first 100 days, and applies fundamental concepts of American Government to this historic presidency.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780077394325
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The
  • Publication date: 12/11/2009
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 640
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

AmGov Texas Edition

Chapter 1: Citizenship in Our Changing Democracy

Politics, Power, and Participation

Types of Government

Political Power

Participation and Democracy

American Political Ideals

The Changing Face of the American Citizenry

Growing Diversity

Growing Older

Growing Apart

The Future of Citizenship

Chapter 2: The Constitution: The Foundation of Citizens' Rights

The Foundations of American Democracy

Early Colonization

Economic Distress

Declaration of Independence

The Birth of a Nation

The Articles of Confederation: A Document

Whose Time Had Come and Gone

The Road to Philadelphia

A New Constitution Is Born

Regional Tensions

Constitutional Principles

Liberal Democratic Principles

Separation of Powers and Checks and Balances


Constitutional Construction

The Fight for Ratification

Antifederalist Opposition

The Battle in the States

Making Good on a Promise

Constitutional Change

Amending the Constitution

Institutional Adaptation

Judicial Review

Expanding the Franchise

The Constitution and Civic Engagement Today

Chapter 3: Federalism: Citizenship and the Dispersal of Power

The Division of Power

Prevailing Models for Dispersing Power

The Federalist Solution

The Evolution of Intergovernmental Relations

The National Government Asserts Itself: 1789-1832

Dual Federalism, Disunion, and War: 1832-1865

Federalism in the Age ofCommerce: 1865-1932

The New Deal and the Growth of National Power: 1932-1937

Cooperative Federalism: 1937-1960s

Creative Federalism: 1960s-1970s

New Federalism and the Devolution of Power: 1980-Present

Federal-State Relations

Fiscal Relations

Political Relations

Constitutional Issues

Interstate Relations

Cooperation and Competition

Innovation in the States

Federalism and Civic Engagement Today

Chapter 4: Civil Liberties: Expanding Citizens' Rights

Heritage of Rights and Liberties

The Constitution and Rights

The Bill of Rights


The Modern Emphasis on Rights

Freedom of Religion

Free Exercise Clause

Congress and Religious Freedom

Establishment Clause

Religion and Public Schools

Religious Use of Public School Facilities and Funds

Prayer in School

Aid to Religious School

Government Endorsement of Religion

Freedom of Speech

Political Speech

Campaign Speech

Commercial Speech

Symbolic Speech

Boundaries of Free Speech



Hate Speech

Freedom of the Press

Prior Restraint

Government Control of Media Content

Special Rights

Freedom of Assembly and Association

Freedom of Assembly

Freedom of Association

Right to Keep and Bear Arms

Rights of the Accused

The Fourth Amendment: Searches and Seizures

The Fifth Amendment: Self-Incrimination

The Sixth Amendment: Right to Counsel

The Sixth Amendment: Trial by Jury

The Eighth Amendment: Cruel and Unusual Punishment

The Right to Privacy


The Right to Die

Civic Engagement and Constitutional Liberties

Chapter 5: Civil Rights: Toward a More Equal Citizenry

African Americans and Civil Rights


Dred Scott

The Civil War and Reconstruction


Voting Barriers


Modern Era of Civil Rights

Civil Rights Mobilization

Civil Rights Legislation


Interpreting Equality

Judicial Tests

Affirmative Action

Racial Classification

Current Impact on Education

Continuing Controversy

Other Minority Groups

Native Americans

Hispanic Americans

Asian Americans

Disabled Americans

American Seniors

Gay and Lesbian Americans

Women and Civil Rights

Women's Mobilization Eras

Early Women's Movement: 1840-1875

The Suffrage Movement: 1890-1920

The Second Women's Rights Movement: 1961-Present

Current Issues

Workplace Equality

Sexual Harrassment

Women's Role in the Military

Civic Engagement and Civil Rights

Chapter 6: Public Opinion: Listening to Citizens

Understanding Public Opinion in the Context of American Politics

The Nature of Public Opinion

Changes in Assessing and Using Public Opinion

How Political Opinions Are Formed

The Process of Socialization

Agents of Political Socialization

Group Differences in Political Opinions

Racial and Ethnic Identity



Measuring Public Opinion

Dimensions of Public Opinion

Types of Polls

Polling Techniques

Who Is Asked? Selecting the Sample

What Is Asked? Paying Attention to the Questions

The Content of American Public Opinion

Political Knowledge

Confidence in Government Institutions

Trust in Government

Political Efficacy

Support for Democratic Values

Political Ideologies

Public Opinion and Public Policy

Public Opinion and Civic Engagement Today
h3>Chapter 7: Political Participation: Equal Opportunities and Unequal Voices

Political Participation: Opportunities, Costs, and Benefits

Characteristics of Political Participation

Amount of Information Conveyed

Variation in Frequency and Strength of Messages Conveyed

Ingredients for Involvement

Access to Resources

Political Engagement



Who Votes? Who Doesn't?

Factors Influencing Voter Turnout

Other Forms of Political Participation

Beyond Voting: Activities That Require More Time

Beyond Voting: Acitivities That Require More Skill

Beyond Voting: Activities That Require Money

The Impact of Participation Patterns on Policy

Participation and Civic Engagement Today

Chapter 8: Interest Groups in America

Organized Interests: Who Are They

Neighbors or Adversaries?

Distinctive Features

The Roots of Interest Group Politics in America

Interest Groups on the Rise

The Advocacy Explosion

Who Interests Are Represented?

Who Has the Numbers?

Who Has the Money?

Who Interests Are Not Represented?

Why Join?

Material Incentives

Solidary Incentives

Purposive Incentives

Assessing Motives

Interest Group Strategies

Lobbying and Other Tactics


Financing Campaigns

Accessing the Courts

Grass Roots Mobilation

Coalition Formation


Interest Groups and Civic Engagement Today

Chapter 9: Parties and Political Campaigns: Citizens and the Electoral Process

Political Parties and Electoral Politics

The Nature of Parties

Why Two Parties?

Growth and Development of Our Two-Party System

The Evolution of American Political Parties: Five Party Eras

1968 to Present

Party Realignment

Built to Win: Party Structure

National Committees

Congressional and Senatorial Campaign Committees

State Committees

Local Party Organizations

Precinct Organizations

Third Parties and Independent Candidacies

Candidates and Electoral Politics: Candidate-Centered Campaigning

Candidates, Money, and Expertise

Candidates and the Parties

Candidate Communication

Voters in the Electoral Process: How Americans Decide

Party Choice


Candidate Characteristics

Parties, Political Campaigns, and Civic Engagement Today

Chapter 10: Media: Tuning In or Turning Out

Evolving Civic Life and Media Changes

Early Days

Partisan Press

Penny Press

Yellow Journalism

Broadcast Media

The Media Today

The Media Environment in America

Private Ownership

Ownership Limits

Content Regulation

Emphasis on Entertainment

Adversarial Journalism

Political Bias?

Media and Political Campaigns

Free Media

Presidential Debates

Paid Media

The Internet

Game Coverage

Character Issue (Probing Personal Lives)

Election Night Coverage

Government Coverage in the Media

Covering the President

Covering Congress

Covering the Supreme Court

The Media and Civic Engagement Today

Chapter 11: Congress: Doing the People's Business

Origins and Powers of Congress

Civic Life and Congressional Change

Building the Institution

The Era of Reform

The Resurgent Executive Branch

The Rights Revolution and Congress Today

Getting Elected


The Incumbency Factor

Midterm Elections


Doing the Job: Responsibilities and Benefits

Representing the People

Pay and Perks

Home-Style Politics

Dealing with Organized Interests

Working with Others

Keys to Political Power

The Committee System




The Functions of Congress


Declaring War




Advice and Consent

Civic Engagement and Congress Today

Chapter 12: The Presidency: Power and Paradox

Origins and Powers of the Presidency

Constitutional Provisions

Crafting the Office: From Washington to Roosevelt

The Modern Presidency

The Path to the Presidency

Getting Elected


Primary Sweepstakes

Party Conventions

The General Election

Presidential Power

Chief Executive

Commander in Chief

Chief Diplomat

Chief of State


Presidential Roles

Party Leader

Economic Leader

Opinion Leader

The Executive Branch


Executive Office of the President

Presidential Style

Assessing Presidential Power and Its Limits

The Vice President

Civic Engagement and the Presidency Today

Chapter 13: Bureaucracy: Citizens As Owners and Consumers

Bureaucratic Changes and Evolving Civic Life

Growth of Bureaucracy

The Early Bureaucracy

The Reform Era

Bureaucracy Today

The Nature of Bureaucracy

Federal Bureaucrats and Their Work

Who Are They?

What Do They Do?

Organization of the Federal Bureaucracy

Sources of Bureaucratic Power

External Support

Expertise and Discretion

Longevity and Vitality


Controlling Bureaucratic Power

Congressional Controls

Presidential Controls

Judicial Controls

Whistle Blowing

The Bureaucracy and Civic Engagement

Chapter 14: The Courts: Judicial Power in a Democratic Setting

National Court Structure

District Courts

United States Courts of Appeals

United States Supreme Court

Specialized Courts

Nature of the Judicial Process

Common Law

Judicial Review

Civil and Criminal Law

Judicial Requirements

Real Cases and Controversies

Changing Nature of the Supreme Court

The Early Court

The Court, Business, and Social Welfare

The Court and Personal Rights

Supreme Court Decision Making

Agenda Decisions

Voting Decisions

Explaining Decisions

Implementing Decisions

Understanding Decisions

Supreme Court Selection


Nomination Criteria

Senate Confirmation

Lower Court Selection

Civic Engagement and the Judiciary

Chapter 15: Public Policy: Responding to Citizens

The Nature and Scope of Public Policy

Policy Making and Evaluation

Problem Recognition

Agenda Setting

Policy Formation

Policy Adoption and Implementation

Policy Evaluation

Explaining Policy Outcomes

Domestic Policy

Protecting the Environment

Helping the Poor

Economic Policy

Fiscal Policy

Monetary Policy

Global Economic Policy

Civic Engagement and Public Policy Today

Chapter 16: Foreign and Defense Policy: Protecting American Interests in the World

Defense and Foreign Policy in Historical Perspective

Finding a Place in the World

Becoming an International Power

The Nuclear Age

The Growing Threat of Terrorism

Defending U.S. Interests in a Constantly Changing World

Defining National Interests

Understanding Nation-State Dynamics and Strategic Choices

Making Foreign Policy

The Primacy of the Executive Branch

Congress's Role

Other Actors

The Public's Role

Tools of Foreign Policy

Military Power


Foreign Aid

Working with International Organizations

Confronting the Future

The Terrorist Threat

The Nuclear Threat

Threats Posed by Regional Conflicts

The Rise of China

Civic Engagement and Foreign Policy Today

Chapter 17: Texas and the Texans

Origins and Settlements

Native Peoples

Spanish Explorers and Mexican Settlers

American Settlers

The Slaves

The Political Culture of Texas

The Physical Geography and Early Economy of Texas

South Texas

East Texas

The Gulf Coast

North Texas

The Hill Country

West Texas

Texas Today

Cultural Diversity


Economic Diversification

Future Prospects

Pro-Business Climate

Educated Workforce

Inclusion and Empowerment

Chapter 18: The Texas Constitution

The Constitutional History of Texas

1827 Coahuila y Tejas Constitution

1836 Republic of Texas Constitution

1845 U.S. Statehood Constitution

1861 C.S.A. Statehood Constitution

1866 Presidential Reconstruction Constitution

1869 Congressional Reconstruction Constitution

1876 Texas Constitution

The Texas Constitution Today

Bill of Rights

Legislative Branch

Executive Branch

Judicial Branch

Local Government


The Prospects for Constitutional Reform in Texas

Constitutional Convention of 1974 and Its Aftermath

The Future of Constitutional Reform in Texas

Chapter 19: Political Participation in Texas

The Evolution of Suffrage in Texas

Post-Civil War Exclusion

Restrictions on Voter Registration

Poll Tax

White Primary

Federal Intervention

The Voting Rights Act and Its Amendments

Modern Voter Registration and Turnout

Voter Qualifications

Voter Registration

Voter Turnout

The Decision to Vote (Or Not)

Who Votes

Why Texans Don't Vote

Political Campaigns

Campaign Staff: Professionals and Amateurs

Campaign Finance

Style and Tone

Types of Elections in Texas

Primary Elections

General Elections

Special Elections

Electoral Reform Possibilities

Chapter 20: Interest Groups in Texas

Interest Groups in Texas

Business Interests

Professional Interests

Agricultural Interests

Organized Labor

Ethnic Groups

Religious Groups

Single-Issue Groups

Public Interest Groups

Interest Group Activities and Resources

Lobbying Government Officials

Lobbying the Public

Campaign Support


Regulating Interest Groups and Lobbyists

Chapter 21: Political Parties in Texas

Major Party Organization in Texas

Precinct-Level Organization

County- and District-Level Organization

State-Level Organization

Minor Parties, Independents, and Write-Ins

The Evolution of Partisan Conflict in Texas

The Democratic Ascendancy

The Rise of the Republican Party

The Republican Ascendancy

The Great Texas Redistricting Battle, 2001-2006

The Future

Chapter 22: The Texas Legislature

Service in the Texas Legislature

Formal Qualifications

Member Characteristics

Sessions, Salaries, and Support

Turnover and Experience

Parties and Leaders in the Texas Legislature

The Speaker of the House

The Lieutenant Governor

The Team

Legislative Institutions and Leadership Power

Limits on Legislative Leadership

The Committee System

Standing Committees

Special or Temporary Committees

How a Bill Becomes a Law

Introduction and Referral

Committee Action

Calendar Assignment

Floor Action

Conference Committee

The Governor

Reforming the Texas Legislature

Chapter 23: The Governor and Executive Branch

The Governor

Formal Qualifications

Informal Qualifications

Formal Powers

Informal Powers

Single-Elected Administrators

Single-Appointed Administrators

Elected Boards and Commissions

Appointed Boards and Commissions

Bureaucratic Reform

Chapter 24: The Judicial System in Texas

The Structure of Texas Courts

Trial Courts

Appellate Courts

Dual High Courts

Selection of Texas Judges and Juries

Texas Judges

Texas Juries

Are the Texas Courts Just?

Money in Judicial Elections

Incarceration and Execution in Texas

Judicial Reform

Chapter 25: Texas Public Policy

The Budgetary Process

Budgetary Preparation

Budget Consideration and Approval

Expenditures: Where the Money Goes


Health and Human Services

Business, Transportation, and Economic Development

Prisons and Public Safety

Parks and Recreation

The Tax Burden

Revenues: Where the Money Comes From

Who Bears the Burden?

The Issues


Economic Development

Chapter 26: Local Governments in Texas

Texas as a Federal System

The Counties

Origins and Purposes

Structure of County Government

Commissioners Court

County Judge

Other County Administrators

County Law Enforcement

Cities and Municipalities

General-Law and Home-Rule Cities

Incorporation and Annexation

Forms of City Government

Municipal Elections

Citizen Participation and Voter Turnout

Special Districts

Types of Special Districts

School Districts

Councils of Governments

County and Municipal Reform


The Declaration of Independence

The Constitution of the United States of America

Federalist Paper No. 10 (James Madison)

Federalist Paper No. 51 (James Madison)



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