A fascinating, provocative read, UNDERSTANDING AMERICAN GOVERNMENT gives you an inside look at the American political system and how the government works. You'll read about 2008 election controversies, ethical choices, diversity issues, and more—all important information that you will need throughout your life as an involved voter and citizen.
A textbook for an introductory undergraduate course designed to demonstrate to students why government is important, and to interest them in learning about controversial issues in American public life. It describes the mechanisms of government in the US, how and why features have evolved, their impact on government and individuals, and why they are or are not controversial and worth learning. No dates are noted for previous editions; the sixth covers the 2000 nominations but not the election, and adds a timeline of important events to each chapter. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Susan Welch received her AB and PhD degrees from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is currently Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Professor of Political Science at The Pennsylvania State University. Her teaching and research areas include legislatures, urban politics, and women and minorities in politics. She publishes widely on issues of race, gender, and urban politics.
John Gruhl, Professor of Political Science, received his AB from DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana, and his PhD from the University of California at Santa Barbara. Since joining the University of Nebraska faculty in 1976, he has taught and done research in the areas of judicial process, criminal justice, and civil rights and liberties. He holds campus- and university-wide distinguished teaching awards for excellence in undergraduate teaching and became a charter member of the university's Academy of Distinguished Teachers.
John Comer is Professor of Political Science at the University of Nebraska. He received his AB in political science from Miami University in 1965 and his PhD from The Ohio State University in 1971. His teaching and research focuses on interest groups, public opinion, voting behavior, and political parties.
Susan M. Rigdon received AB and PhD degrees in political science from the University of Illinois in 1966 and 1971, respectively. While focusing her teaching on comparative politics and international relations, she has also taught American government courses at several universities in the United States and China. Her research interests include culture and politics, security policy, and poverty and development. She is a Research Associate in Anthropology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Part I: THE AMERICAN SYSTEM. 1. The American People. 2. The Constitution. 3. Federalism. Part II: LINKS BETWEEN PEOPLE AND GOVERNMENT. 4. Public Opinion. 5. News Media. 6. Interest Groups. 7. Political Parties. 8. Elections. 9. Money and Politics. Part III: INSTITUTIONS. 10. Congress. 11. The Presidency. 12. The Bureaucracy. 13. The Judiciary. Part IV: CIVIL LIBERTIES AND RIGHTS. 14. Civil Liberties. 15. Civil Rights. Part V: PUBLIC POLICIES. 16. Economic Policy. 17. Social Welfare and Health Policy. 18. Foreign Policy. Notes. Appendix A: The Declaration of Independence. Appendix B: The Constitution of the United States of America. Appendix C: Federalist Paper 10. Appendix D: Federalist Paper 51. Glossary. Index.