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Overview

With complete Election 2008 updates and analysis, AMERICAN GOVERNMENT: HISTORICAL, POPULAR, AND GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES, TEXAS EDITION, offers a uniquely current and comprehensive introduction to American government and politics, as well as several chapters devoted entirely to Texas politics. This engaging new text provides fresh perspectives on key concepts to pique readers' interest and deepen their understanding and appreciation of the political process. The text introduces political institutions first to provide a strong historical emphasis, and then explores chapter topics in a uniquely effective way through historical, popular, and global perspectives. This remarkable new text provides a thorough introduction to both the core concepts of American government and the basic foundations of Texas politics.

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"The style of writing is highly appropriate for the current generation of students…The approach in this book…should be highly beneficial to the reader."

"…the historical overview is excellent. Overall, the chapters read well."

"The writing style is easy to read and comprehend without too elemental for a college level text. It is user-friendly and almost conversational in its readability and presents the material in an easy- to-follow, smooth-flowing stream of narrative."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780495570318
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 2/5/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 1
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 1.50 (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.

An associate professor of Political Science, Dr. Yalof's teaching and research specialties include constitutional law, judicial politics, the Presidency, and American government. His publishing credits include articles and textbooks alike, including the award-winning PURSUIT OF JUSTICES: PRESIDENTIAL POLITICS AND THE SELECTION OF SUPREME COURT NOMINEES. Dr. Yalof holds a J.D. from the University of Virginia and a Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University.

Charldean Newell, a Fort Worth native (Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin), is also the co-author of THE EFFECTIVE LOCAL GOVERNMENT MANAGER (ICMA Press, 2004) and CITY EXECUTIVES (SUNY Press, 1989), and recently edited MANAGING LOCAL GOVERNMENT: CASES IN LOCAL GOVERNMENT EFFECTIVENESS (ICMA Press, 2009). She has received four national awards: honorary lifetime membership in the International City/County Management Association, the Staats Career Public Service Award from the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration, the Donald C. Stone Award in intergovernmental relations from the American Society for Public Administration, and elective membership in the National Academy of Public Administration. Her 37 years at the University of North Texas included awards from students, colleagues, and alumni.

David Prindle (Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology) has published research in the areas of voting and parties, energy policy, the presidency, and the politics of the entertainment media. His first book, PETROLEUM POLITICS AND THE TEXAS RAILROAD COMMISSION, won the V.O. Key, Jr. Award, given by the Southern Political Science Association to the best book on Southern politics. He also has written THE POLITICS OF GLAMOUR: IDEOLOGY AND DEMOCRACY IN THE SCREEN ACTORS GUILD and RISKY BUSINESS: THE POLITICAL ECONOMY OF HOLLYWOOD. Professor Prindle is a past recipient of both the Allen Shivers Award for the best teacher in the MIT Department of Government and the Harry Ransom Award for Teaching Excellence, given to the best teacher in the MIT College of Liberal Arts.

Mark Shomaker (B.A., M.P.A., Texas A&M University; J.D., St. Mary's University School of Law) served as an Associate Editor for the St. Mary's University Law Journal and is the author of "The Paradox of the Homestead Exemption," which was published in the American Journal of Family Law. He is currently an Instructor of Government at Blinn College in Bryan, Texas, where he has served on several textbook, faculty selection, and teaching excellence awards committees. Before joining the faculty at Blinn College, Professor Shomaker was employed as an associate with three Texas-based law firms, as a Brief Attorney for the Court of Appeals for the Second Judicial Circuit in Fort Worth, and in various roles with the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas in Dallas and the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Houston.

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Table of Contents

PART I: FOUNDATIONS. 1: Perspectives on American Government. 2: The Founding and the Constitution. 3: Federalism. 4: Civil Liberties. 5: Civil Rights, Equality, and Social Movements. PART II: INSTITUTIONS. 6: Congress. 7: The Presidency. 8: The Federal Bureaucracy. 9: The Judiciary. PART III: POLITICAL BEHAVIOR. 10: Public Opinion. 11: Interest Groups. 12: The Media and Politics. 13: Political Parties. 14: Voting and Participation. 15: Campaigns and Elections. PART IV: PUBLIC POLICY. 16: American Economic Policy. 17: American Social Policy. 18: American Foreign Policy. PART V: TEXAS POLITICS. 19: The Context of Texas Politics. 20: The Texas Constitution. 21: The Electoral Process in Texas. 22: The Texas Legislature. 23: The Texas Executive and Bureaucracy. 24: The Texas Judiciary and Criminal Justice System. 25: Local Government in Texas.

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