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Overview

Created through a student-tested, faculty-approved review process with input from more than 250 students and faculty, GOVT is an engaging and accessible solution to accommodate the diverse lifestyles of today's learners. Focusing on the current and historical conflicts and controversies that define America as a nation, GOVT is a streamlined and extremely current text for the American Government course. Its motivating debate theme and appealing modern format speak directly to today's learners.

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"[GOVT] offers students real links to real politics. I like the theme of the book, which follows that of America At Odds. [And GOVT] helps students to think critically about politics. Basically, everything you could want in a politics textbook is in GOVT.... My greatest limitation is that I do not have enough time during the semester to cover everything. So, knowing that students can rely on the textbook to fill in some of the gaps is very reassuring." - Paul Frank, Sacramento City College

"I have used other textbooks and am currently using GOVT because of its strengths and courage to address more controversial topics without trying to politicize anything—makes for more interesting reading." - Michaela Fazecas, University of Central Florida

"I cannot deny the fact that students did not read [my previous textbook] and are reading GOVT. The students have said they prefer this style of text. . . . [T]hey seem to engage with the style of GOVT better than other texts. . . . The Learning Outcomes are a very effective tool, and are especially useful in how they highlight the beginning of the chapter, the beginning of each section of the chapter and then tie it all together with the review cards at the end of the text. The Learning Outcomes easily relate to the Student Learning Outcomes on the course syllabus, bridging the course materials to the course documents." - Wendy Johnston, SUNY Adirondack Community College

"I believe that the content is exceptional. . . . I would say the greatest strengths of [GOVT] are the fascinating debate and discussion questions and articles throughout the text. In addition, the writing style is very engaging. Finally the writing level is comprehensible to the average community college student, especially with the excellent use of graphs and charts throughout the text." - Paul Davis, Truckee Meadows Community College

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781133956099
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 1/1/2013
  • Series: New, Engaging Titles from 4LTR Press Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 496
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.70 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Edward I. Sidlow is Professor of Political Science at Eastern Michigan University. After receiving his Ph.D. from Ohio State University, he served on the faculty at Arizona State University, Miami University, and Northwestern University, and was Director of Academic Affairs at Loyola University Chicago. Professor Sidlow has won numerous teaching awards, including the Outstanding Teaching Award and the Mortar Board Senior Honorary Favorite Professor Award (Miami University) and the College of Arts and Sciences Award for Outstanding Teaching, the Freshman Class Favorite Professor Award, and the invitation to deliver the "Last Lecture" (Northwestern University). At Eastern Michigan University, he served as Department Head in Political Science from 1995-2000. In 2009, he was named Honors Professor of the Year by the Honors College and was also recognized with the EMU Alumni Association's Award for Teaching Excellence. His articles have appeared in POLICY STUDIES REVIEW, JOURNAL OF LAW & POLITICS, THE JOURNAL OF GENERAL EDUCATION, WESTERN POLITICAL QUARTERLY, and COLLEGE TEACHING. His recent publications include two books that focus on congressional elections and congressional behavior.

Beth Henschen currently teaches at Eastern Michigan University and is a public policy consultant. After receiving her Ph.D. from Ohio State University, she served as a faculty member at Purdue University and at Loyola University Chicago, where she was frequently recognized for teaching excellence and was named Professor of the Year by the Honors Student Association. Her primary research focus has been judicial politics, and her articles have appeared in AMERICAN POLITICAL SCIENCE REVIEW, POLITICAL RESEARCH QUARTERLY, AMERICAN POLITICS QUARTERLY, JOURNAL OF LAW & POLITICS, POLICY STUDIES REVIEW, and LEGISLATIVE STUDIES QUARTERLY, as well as COLLEGE TEACHING, and THE JOURNAL OF GENERAL EDUCATION. She also has contributed chapters and articles to a number of edited volumes and has presented papers and delivered presentations at numerous professional conferences.

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Table of Contents

Part I: THE FOUNDATIONS OF OUR AMERICAN SYSTEM. 1. America in the 21st Century. 2. The Constitution. 3. Federalism. Part II: OUR LIBERTIES AND RIGHTS. 4. Civil Liberties. 5. Civil Rights. Part III: THE POLITICS OF DEMOCRACY. 6. Interest Groups. 7. Political Parties. 8. Public Opinion and Voting. 9. Campaigns and Elections. 10. Politics and the Media. Part IV: INSTITUTIONS. 11. Congress. 12. The Presidency. 13. The Bureaucracy. 14. The Judiciary. Part V: PUBLIC POLICY. 15. Domestic Policy. 16. Foreign Policy. Appendix A: The Declaration of Independence. Appendix B: The Constitution of the United States. Appendix C: Supreme Court Justices since 1900. Appendix D: Information on U.S. Presidents. Appendix E: Party Control of Congress since 1900. Appendix F: Federalist Papers No. 10 and No. 51. Appendix G: How to Read Case Citations and Find Court Decisions.

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