American Government / Edition 7

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AMERICAN GOVERNMENT, 7th, is a mainstream text with diverse perspectives. Focusing on the responsiveness of government, it helps students understand the evolution and impact of important features of government. The book is a three-time winner of the annual award given by the womenÆs caucus of APSA for coverage of women. Written in an engaging writing style and with more research citations than any book on the market, AMERICAN GOVERNMENT is both readable and scholarly. It includes the four policy chapters that the brief UNDERSTANDING AMERICAN GOVERNMENT does not.
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This introductory text seeks to demonstrate to students why government is important and to interest students in learning about controversial issues in American public life. Chapters are in sections on the American system, links between people and government, institutions, civil liberties and rights, and public policies. This eighth edition covers the 2000 national elections, and adds chapter timelines. It also features new material on issues such as campaign finance reform, gun control, and the role of technology in political communications. Welch is affiliated with The Pennsylvania State University. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780534553746
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 6/1/1999
  • Edition description: 7TH TCHR
  • Edition number: 7
  • Pages: 677

Meet the Author

Susan Welch received her AB and PhD degrees from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is currently Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Professor of Political Science at The Pennsylvania State University. Her teaching and research areas include legislatures, urban politics, and women and minorities in politics. She publishes widely on issues of race, gender, and urban politics.

John Gruhl, Professor of Political Science, received his AB from DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana, and his PhD from the University of California at Santa Barbara. Since joining the University of Nebraska faculty in 1976, he has taught and done research in the areas of judicial process, criminal justice, and civil rights and liberties. He holds campus- and university-wide distinguished teaching awards for excellence in undergraduate teaching and became a charter member of the university's Academy of Distinguished Teachers.

John Comer is Professor of Political Science at the University of Nebraska. He received his AB in political science from Miami University in 1965 and his PhD from The Ohio State University in 1971. His teaching and research focuses on interest groups, public opinion, voting behavior, and political parties.

Susan M. Rigdon received AB and PhD degrees in political science from the University of Illinois in 1966 and 1971, respectively. While focusing her teaching on comparative politics and international relations, she has also taught American government courses at several universities in the United States and China. Her research interests include culture and politics, security policy, and poverty and development. She is a Research Associate in Anthropology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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Table of Contents

PART 1: THE AMERICAN SYSTEM. 1. American Democracy. 2. The Constitution. 3. Federalism and the Growth of Government. PART 2: LINKS BETWEEN PEOPLE AND GOVERNMENT. 4. Public Opinion. 5. Interest Groups. 6. Political Parties. 7. Elections. 8. The Media. 9. Money and Politics. PART 3: INSTITUTIONS. 10. Congress. 11. The Presidency. 12. The Bureaucracy. 13. The Judiciary. PART 4: CIVIL LIBERTIES AND RIGHTS. 14. Civil Liberties. 15. Civil Rights. PART 5: PUBLIC POLICIES. 16. Social Welfare Policy. 17. Economic Policy. 18. Regulation and Environmental Policy. 19. Foreign Policy.
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  • Posted February 21, 2009

    Spectacular

    The quality of the book exceeds its price. (I bought it for $5 which includes S&H.) The book is even entertaining to read. Catchy, witty captions accompany the pictures such as "This lesbian couple said 'I do' but the California Supreme Court said 'Adieu.'" The book makes clear efforts to engage the reader with "You Are There," a section that tries to put them into the shoes of powerful public figures facing a dilemma. It also has impressive, in-depth coverage of minority rights and women's issues, such as changing gender roles, abortion, and political representation.

    The book falters on political balance, its sole but major weakness. The authors of the book lean left especially on gun control. While covering anti-abortion policies such as denying poor women access to abortion, the writers include facts that make pro-life activists look like a bunch of morons. The pictures that open each chapter include those of smiling Howard Dean at a rally in Iowa (not the Dean scream one), a delegate at the DNC, an anti-war protest before the Iraq War, and a barbed wire fence at Guantanamo Bay. I can see that the book might pose a problem for more moderate and conservative readers, and that the authors are happily revising the book now that Barack Obama is in power.

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