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Making an impact is easier than you think—all it takes is the power of one. AMERICAN GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS TODAY, 2009–2010, ALTERNATE EDITION, 14e is an exciting text that uses intriguing, real-life examples and hands-on exercises to engage you in the fascinating intricacies of American government and inspire you to find your place in the political process. As it presents concepts, the text offers specific ways you can participate in the process and make an impact, illustrating how seemingly small steps such as sharing an opinion with a local politician, registering to vote, or viewing a town council meeting on local access cable can truly make a difference. Issue discussion, comparison, and debate offer ample opportunities to sharpen your critical thinking skills, and the new edition also includes expanded coverage of the 2008 presidential election. The powerful online Resource Center helps you maximize your time and course results through quizzes, puzzles, flashcards, active learning models, simulations, and internet activities that enable you to put yourself in the place of political scientists when facing a political issue or decision. Engaging and inspiring, AMERICAN GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS TODAY, 2009–2010, ALTERNATE EDITION, 14e helps you discover the importance of active, informed citizenship. Again and again, you will see that all it takes is the power of one to make a difference.
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A standard textbook on the basic concepts and institutions of American government. Chapters include discussions of federalism, civil liberties, civil rights, political socialization and the media, interest groups and political parties, elections and voting behavior, the structures of the institutions of government, and domestic and foreign policymaking. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780534592653
  • Publisher: Wadsworth
  • Publication date: 7/1/2002
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 416

Meet the Author

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 70 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. The show has been broadcast live from various U.S. and international venues.

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: THECONTEMPORARY AGENDA (with Steven G. Koven and Bert E. Swanson).

Barbara A. Bardes is professor of political science and dean of Raymond Walters College 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 held a faculty position at Loyola University in Chicago for many years before returning to Cincinnati, her hometown, as a college administrator. Bardes has written articles on public opinion and foreign policy and on women and politics. She also has authored THINKING ABOUT PUBLIC POLICY AND DECLARATIONS OF INDEPENDENCE: WOMEN AND POLITICAL POWER IN NINETEENTH CENTURY AMERICAN NOVELS and co-authored PUBLIC OPINION: MEASURING THE AMERICAN MIND.

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Table of Contents

Preface xii
Part 1 The American System
Chapter 1 The Foundations of American Government 1
Chapter 2 Forging a New Government: The Constitution 19
Chapter 3 Federalism 43
Chapter 4 Civil Liberties 67
Chapter 5 Civil Rights 93
Part 2 The Politics of American Democracy
Chapter 6 Public Opinion, Political Socialization, and the Media 119
Chapter 7 Interest Groups and Political Parties 149
Chapter 8 Campaigns, Elections, and Voting Behavior 180
Part 3 The Institutions of American Government
Chapter 9 The Congress 213
Chapter 10 The Presidency 242
Chapter 11 The Bureaucracy 268
Chapter 12 The Courts 291
Part 4 Policymaking
Chapter 13 Domestic and Economic Policy 315
Chapter 14 Foreign Policy 335
Appendix A The Declaration of Independence 1
Appendix B The Constitution 3
Glossary 1
Index 1
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