American Government and Politics Today - Texas Edition, 2009-2010 / Edition 14

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Overview

People are often hesitant to become involved in the political process, but AMERICAN GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS TODAY-TEXAS EDITION, 2009-2010 demonstrates how seemingly small steps can make a big difference. Combining comprehensive coverage of the U.S. and Texas political processes, the book uses intriguing, real-life examples and exercises to engage readers in the fascinating intricacies of American government—inspiring you to participate in the political process. As it introduces concepts, the book illustrates specific ways readers can participate, showing through exciting examples how individuals—of all ages and backgrounds—can make a profound impact. Active participation can be as simple as calling a local politician to share an opinion on a local issue, registering to vote, or viewing a town council meeting on local access cable. The book includes expanded coverage of the 2008 presidential election and promotes critical thinking throughout with issue discussion, comparison, and debate. Engaging and inspiring, AMERICAN GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS TODAY-TEXAS EDITION, 2009-2010 helps readers discover the importance of active, informed citizenship. Again and again, readers see the power of one to make a difference.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780495568414
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 1/29/2009
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 14
  • Pages: 1032
  • Product dimensions: 8.80 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 1.50 (d)

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 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).

BBarbara 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. She lives near Cincinnati, Ohio in the quaint hamlet of Rabbit Hash, Kentucky.

William Earl Maxwell is a professor emeritus at San Antonio College, where he has taught courses in U.S. and Texas government since 1971. Throughout his career Maxwell has focused on innovative teaching techniques and improving the teaching and learning environments for students. As a part of that effort, in 1975 Maxwell co-authored UNDERSTANDING TEXAS POLITICS, his first text on Texas government. He also co-authored such texts as POLITICS IN TEXAS and THE CHALLENGE OF TEXAS POLITICS: TEXT WITH READINGS. He performed his undergraduate and graduate work at Sam Houston State University.

A thirty-five year veteran instructor of political science, Ernest Crain specializes in political party competition, comparative state politics, and Texas public policy. Crain coauthored UNDERSTANDING TEXAS POLITICS, POLITICS IN TEXAS, THE CHALLENGE OF TEXAS POLITICS, and four editions of INTRODUCTION TO TEXAS POLITICS. Crain received his B.A. and M.A. degrees from the University of Texas in Austin.

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Table of Contents

PART I: THE AMERICAN SYSTEM. 1. The Democratic Republic. 2. The Constitution. 3. Federalism. PART II: CIVIL RIGHTS AND CIVIL LIBERTIES. 4. Civil Liberties. 5. Civil Rights. PART III: PEOPLE AND POLITICS. 6. Public Opinion and Political Socialization. 7. Interest Groups. 8. Political Parties. 9. Voting and Elections. 10. Campaigning for Office. 11. The Media and Cyberpolitics. PART IV: POLITICAL INSTITUTIONS. 12. The Congress. 13. The President. 14. The Bureaucracy. 15. The Courts. PART V: PUBLIC POLICY. 16. Domestic Policy. 17. Economic Policy. 18. Foreign Policy. PART VI: TEXAS POLITICS. 19. Texas History and Culture. 20. The Texas Constitution. 21. Texas Interest Groups. 22. Political Parties in Texas. 23. Voting and Elections in Texas. 24. The Texas Legislature. 25. The Texas Executive Branch. 26. The Texas Judiciary, Law, and Due Process. 27. Texas Public Policy. 28. Local Government. Appendix A. The Declaration of Independence. Appendix B. How to Read Case Citations and Find Court Decisions. Appendix C. Federalist Papers Nos. 10, 51, and 78. Appendix D. Justices of the U.S. Supreme Court, 1900 to the Present. Appendix E. Party Control of Congress, 1900 to the Present. Appendix F. Spanish Equivalents for Important Terms in American Government. Glossary.

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