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AMERICAN GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS TODAY helps students experience the excitement that comes from active, informed citizenship. Schmidt, Shelley, and Bardes' landmark text is renowned nationwide for its balanced, unbiased, comprehensive, and up-to-date coverage of constitutional, governmental, political, social, and economic structures and processes. The overriding theme of the book is the importance of informed active citizenship, and the pedagogy underscores this theme by soliciting critical thinking about political issues and encouraging students to become involved the political process. With keen awareness of its audience, AMERICAN GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS TODAY incorporates current examples, the Internet, and other media to stimulate learning and excitement about American government. This truly interactive text gives students more than reading material; it gives them tools to become good citizens.
Part One: THE AMERICAN SYSTEM. 1. Political Forces of Change in Today's World. 2. The Constitution. Appendix: The Constitution of the United States of America. 3. Federalism. Part Two: CIVIL RIGHTS AND LIBERTIES. 4. Civil Liberties. 5. Civil Rights: Equal Protection. 6. Civil Rights: Beyond Equal Protection. Part Three: PEOPLE AND POLITICS. 7. Public Opinion and Political Socialization. 8. Interest Groups. 9. Political Parties. 10. Campaigns, Nominations, and Elections. 11. The Media and Cyberpolitics. Part Four: POLITICAL INSTITUTIONS. 12. The Congress. 13. The Presidency. 14. The Bureaucracy. 15. The Judiciary. Part Five: PUBLIC POLICY. 16. Domestic and Economic Policy. 17. Foreign and Defense Policy. Part Six: STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT. 18. State and Local Government. Appendix A: The Declaration of Independence. Appendix B: How to Read Case Citations and Find Court Decisions. Appendix C: Presidents of the United States. Appendix D: Federalist Papers No. 10, No. 51, and No. 78. Appendix E: Justices of the U.S. Supreme Court, 1900 to the Present. Appendix F: Party Control of Congress, 1900 to the Present. Appendix G: Spanish Equivalents for Important Terms in American Government. Glossary.