American Government: Historical, Popular, Global Perspectives, Election Update, Alternate Edition / Edition 1

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Overview

Brief and affordable, AMERICAN GOVERNMENT: HISTORICAL, POPULAR, & GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES, ELECTION UPDATE, Alternate Edition, covers American government as influenced by public opinion and national and global events. Presenting concepts through historical, popular, and global perspectives that will enhance your appreciation for the political process and help you better understand your power in the political process; AMERICAN GOVERNMENT: HISTORICAL, POPULAR, & GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES, ELECTION UPDATE, helps you master course concepts through its easy-to-understand style and vivid graphs, maps, and photographs.

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"Well-written and thought-provoking."

"[This] is a very useful way to introduce American Government to students."

"There are a number of very attractive features. The book is very clearly written, and the authors present complex concepts accessibly."

"Students and professors will find much here to engage their attention."

"Complete, yet concise, easily digestible for students, while providing a look at the big picture of how it all works together."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780495569787
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 12/9/2008
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 608
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.70 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Professor Kenneth Dautrich (Ph.D., Rutgers University) teaches public opinion and public policy in the Department of Public Policy at the University of Connecticut. His research focuses on public opinion about the news media and free expression rights. He has authored a number of books and articles including THE FUTURE OF THE FIRST AMENDMENT (Roman and Littlefield, 2008), THE FIRST AMENDMENT AND THE MEDIA IN THE COURT OF PUBLIC OPINION (Cambridge University Press, 2003), and HOW THE NEWS MEDIA FAIL THE AMERICAN VOTER (Columbia University Press, 1999). He is currently finishing a book entitled THE PARADOX OF PUBLIC OPINION (Oxford University Press). Dautrich has conducted many public polls on media, voting, and public policy issues for organizations such as Time Magazine, The Freedom Forum, and a variety of state and federal government agencies. He has been a research fellow at The Freedom Forum's Media Studies Center and Rutgers University's Heldrich Center. He has also served as policy advisor for Governor Jodi Rell. His research on public attitudes about the First Amendment has been supported by the Media Studies Center and the Knight Foundation.

David A. Yalof (Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University; B.A. and J.D., University of Virginia) is Professor and Department Head of Political Science at the University of Connecticut. His expertise and teaching and research interests include constitutional law, judicial politics, and the presidency. Professor Yalof is the author of PURSUIT OF JUSTICES: PRESIDENTIAL POLITICS AND THE SELECTION OF SUPREME COURT NOMINEES, winner of the American Political Science Association's Richard E. Neustadt Prize for the Best Book on the Presidency. He is also the co-author of THE FIRST AMENDMENT AND THE MEDIA IN THE COURT OF PUBLIC OPINION (with Kenneth Dautrich) and THE FUTURE OF THE FIRST AMENDMENT: THE DIGITAL MEDIA, CIVIC EDUCATION, AND FREE EXPRESSION RIGHTS IN AMERICA'S HIGH SCHOOLS (also with Ken Dautrich). Dr. Yalof has written numerous articles for publications such as Political Research Quarterly, Judicature, and Constitutional Commentary. His most recent work, PROSECUTION AMONG FRIENDS: PRESIDENTS, ATTORNEYS GENERAL, AND EXECUTIVE BRANCH WRONGDOING was published by the Texas A & M University Press. He is currently working on a book-length project examining the role that constitutional precedents played in the recent debate over health care reform.

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Table of Contents

Preface. 1. Perspectives on American Government. 2. The Founding and the Constitution. 3. Federalism. 4. Civil Liberties. 5. Civil Rights, Equality, and Social Movements. 6. Congress. 7. The Presidency. 8. The Federal Bureaucracy. 9. The Judiciary. 10. Public Opinion. 11. Interest Groups. 12. The Media and Politics. 13. Political Parties. 14. Voting and Participation. 15. Campaign and Elections.

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