American Government / Edition 10by Susan Welch, John Gruhl, John Comer, Susan M. Rigdon
Pub. Date: 03/28/2005
Publisher: Cengage Learning
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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Table of ContentsPART 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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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.