Essentials of American Politics

Essentials of American Politics

by Robert Spitzer, Benjamin Ginsberg, Theodore Lowi, Margaret Weir
     
 
Essentials of American Politics—based on the acclaimed We the People, Third Edition—is the perfect alternative to larger, more expensive American government texts. Compelling and concise, Essentials of American Politics provides thorough coverage of core topics while underscoring the direct impact of government on students' lives

Overview

Essentials of American Politics—based on the acclaimed We the People, Third Edition—is the perfect alternative to larger, more expensive American government texts. Compelling and concise, Essentials of American Politics provides thorough coverage of core topics while underscoring the direct impact of government on students' lives and the vital importance of political engagement to a democratic society.

Outstanding Pedagogy

"Main Message" and "Key Concepts" Boxes

Each chapter opens with a single-sentence "Main Message" that highlights the central concept on which the chapter is based. The following "Key Concepts" box outlines important ideas for students to keep in mind as they read.

Key Sentence Headings

In keeping with the book's emphasis on core concepts, topic headings within sections of each chapter are phrased as sentences that summarize the material that follows.

Balloon Captions

Throughout the text, figures and tables are accompanied by balloon captions that highlight crucial information or explain the flow of a diagram, making lengthy captions unnecessary.

End-of-Chapter Review Material

The text of each chapter is followed by a study outline, practice quiz,

critical thinking questions, and a list of key terms, providing ample opportunity for students to review what they have read.

Impressive Resources for Teachers and Students

Essentials of American Politics is accompanied by valuable tools for students and teachers. A Student Web Site includes practice quizzes and review materials that expand the scope of the text and encourage mastery of essential concepts. A Test-Item File for instructors—available in printed or electronic form—contains true/false and multiple-choice questions for each chapter of the text.

Attractive Price

At less than half the price of longer American government texts, Essentials of American
Politics
offers students exceptional content and value.

Author Biography: Robert J. Spitzeris professor of political science at The State University of New York at Cortland. Best known for his work on the presidency and gun control, Professor Spitzer is the author of The Politics of Gun Control. Benjamin Ginsberg is the David Bernstein Professor of Politics at The Johns Hopkins University and the author of numerous books and articles. Among his most widely assigned works are The Captive Public and Politics by Other Means. Theodore J. Lowi has been John L. Senior Professor of American Institutions at Cornell University since 1972. He was elected president of the American Political Science Association in 1990 and was cited as the political scientist who made the most significant contribution to the field during the 1970s. He is currently first vice-president of the International Political Science Association and a member of its research committee on world pluralism and minority representation. Author of many books, he is probably best known for The End of Liberalism (1969, Norton) and for his collaboration with Robert F. Kennedy on The Pursuit of Justice. Margaret Weir is professor of sociology and political science at the University of California, Berkeley. She has written widely on social policy in Europe and the United States. Her most recent book is Politics and Jobs: The Boundaries of Employment Policy in the United States. She co-authored (with Ira Katnelson) Schooling for All: Class, Race, and the Decline of the Democratic Ideal. Weir is the editor (with Ann Shola Orloff and Theda Skocpol) of The Politics of Social Policy in the United States.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393976076
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
11/01/2001
Edition description:
Older Edition
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.81(d)

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