Cause and Consequence in American Politics / Edition 1

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Overview

  • An Emphasis on Causality. From the very first chapter the authors train students to distinguish between the concepts of “correlation” and “causation” as they examine political phenomena, helping turn them into good critical thinkers and more thoughtful citizens.
  • “How Do We Know?” In every chapter, this unique feature hooks students with a provocative, important political question related to that chapter’s topic and then schools them in the techniques political scientists use to answer it. Each box provides context for – and underscores the importance of – the question, highlights the means and challenges of answering it, and ends with a summary on what conclusions social scientists have reached.
  • Political Culture Emphasis. Chapter 2, “Political Culture,” sets the stage for the book’s emphasis on how Americans’ shared political culture—our prizing of individualism, democracy, and liberty, respect for property, and religious rights—influences our politics and government.
  • Case Studies. Integrated throughout, these high-interest, in-depth examples apply the ideas developed in the book to real world events, bringing abstract concepts to life and making them concrete. Each Case Study concludes with “Thinking Critically” questions that help students understand, apply, and synthesize key points.
  • Section Headings as Complete Sentences. Headings and subheadings throughout the text take the form of complete sentences, giving students a clear and complete snapshot of the concepts and key points about to be discussed. Together, the headings form a précis that can also be used as a study and review tool.
  • Study Assists. Key terms are boldfaced and appear with definitions in the margin, allowing students to review important concepts with ease. Key terms are also found at the end of each chapter and in the glossary.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205743629
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Publication date: 12/15/2011
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 544
  • Sales rank: 1,076,963
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Thinking About American Politics

Chapter 2 Political Culture

Chapter 3 The Constitution

Chapter 4 Federalism

Chapter 5 Civil Liberties and Civil Rights

Chapter 6 Public Opinion and the Media

Chapter 7 Political Participation, Voting, and Elections

Chapter 8 Political Parties

Chapter 9 Interest Groups

Chapter 10 Congress

Chapter 11 The Presidency

Chapter 12 The Federal Court System

Chapter 13 The Bureaucracy

Chapter 14 Domestic and Foreign Policy

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