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From the Publisher"In my opinion, the Bond, Smith…text meets the needs of my course better than any other text on the market. The authors do an excellent job of clearly presenting the major concepts and theories of political science without cluttering the text with useless trivia and distracting "USA Today"-style graphics. This is not American Politics for Dummies, and I think my students appreciate the lack of condescension."
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