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AMERICAN GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS TODAY is known nationwide for its balanced, unbiased, and up-to-date coverage of constitutional, governmental, political, social, and economic structures and their processes. AMERICAN GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS TODAY encourages students to experience the excitement that comes with being an engaged and informed citizen and provides them with the tools they need to get involved. In this new edition, the authors offer even more examples of students who have made a difference.
"This text covers the bases of American Government, and is an easy read with up-to-date student-oriented examples, with a nice amount of readable graphs, tables, and charts." — Teri Bengtson, Elmhurst College
"I have examined other texts and found them to be too biased. I want to use a text that is thorough and factual. This is why I use the Schmidt text." — Terence Lenio, McHenry County College
"It is an excellent basic text on American Government that gives the student a complete understanding of the structures of the American system and its colonial origins." — Steven Rolnick, Western Connecticut State University
Steffen W. Schmidt is a professor of political science at Iowa State University. He grew up in Colombia, South America, and has studied in Colombia, Switzerland, and France. He obtained his Ph.D. from Columbia University, New York, in public law and government. Schmidt has published six books and over seventy articles in scholarly journals, and is the recipient of numerous prestigious teaching prizes, including the Amoco Award for Lifetime Career Achievement in Teaching and the Teacher of the Year award. He is a pioneer in the use of Web-based and real-time video courses and is a member of the American Political Science Association's section on Computers and Multimedia. He is on the editorial board of the POLITICAL SCIENCE EDUCATOR. Schmidt also has a political talk show on WOI radio, where he is known as Dr. Politics.
Mack C. Shelley, II, is a professor of political science and statistics at Iowa State University. After receiving his bachelor's degree from American University in Washington, D.C., he went on to graduate studies at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, where he received a master's degree and a Ph.D. He taught for two years at Mississippi State University prior to arriving at Iowa State in 1979. In 1993, he was elected co-editor of the POLICY STUDIES JOURNAL. Shelley has also published numerous articles, books, and monographs on public policy, including THE PERMANENT MAJORITY: THE CONSERVATIVE COALITION IN THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS; BIOTECHNOLOGY AND THE RESEARCH ENTERPRISE: A GUIDE TO THE LITERATURE (with William F. Woodman and Brian J. Reichel); and AMERICAN PUBLIC POLICY: THE CONTEMPORARY AGENDA (with Steven G. Koven and Bert E. Swanson).
Barbara A. Bardes is professor of political science at the University of Cincinnati. She received her B.A. and M.A. from Kent State University and her Ph.D. from the University of Cincinnati. She served as a faculty member in political science and dean of Mundelein College at Loyola University of Chicago. In 1993, she was appointed dean of Raymond Walters College of the University of Cincinnati where she served until 2003. Bardes has written articles on public and foreign policy and women and politics. She also has co-authored DECLARATIONS OF INDEPENDENCE: WOMEN AND POLITICAL POWER IN 19TH CENTURY AMERICAN NOVELS, THINKING ABOUT PUBLIC POLICY, PUBLIC OPINION: MEASURING THE AMERICAN MIND, and AMERICAN GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS TODAY.
Lynne E. Ford is professor of political science at the College of Charleston in Charleston, South Carolina. She received her B.A. from The Pennsylvania State University and her M.A. and Ph.D. in government and political behavior from the University of Maryland-College Park. Ford's teaching and research interests include women and politics, elections and voting behavior, political psychology, and civic engagement. She has written articles on women in state legislatures, the under-representation of women in political office in the American South, and work-family policy in the United States. She has also authored WOMEN AND POLITICS: THE PURSUIT OF EQUALITY and THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF WOMEN AND AMERICAN POLITICS. Ford served as department chair for eight years and she has led a number of campus-wide initiatives including general education reform, faculty compensation, and civic engagement.
PART ONE: THE AMERICAN SYSTEM Chapter 1 The Democratic Republic Chapter 2 The Constitution Chapter 3 Federalism PART TWO: CIVIL RIGHTS AND CIVIL LIBERTIES Chapter 4 Civil Liberties Chapter 5 Civil Rights PART THREE: PEOPLE AND POLITICS Chapter 6 Public Opinion and Political Socialization Chapter 7 Interest Groups Chapter 8 Political Parties Chapter 9 Voting and Elections Chapter 10 Campaigning for Office Chapter 11 The Media and Cyberpolitics PART FOUR: POLITICAL INSTITUTIONS Chapter 12 The Congress Chapter 13 The President Chapter 14 The Bureaucracy Chapter 15 The Courts PART FIVE: PUBLIC POLICY Chapter 16 Domestic Policy Chapter 17 Economic Policy Chapter 18 Foreign Policy and National Security PART SIX: STATE AND LOCAL POLITICS Chapter 19 State and Local Government APPENDIX A The Declaration of Independence APPENDIX B Federalist Papers Nos. 10 and 51 Glossary Credits Index