Understanding American Government, Alternate Edition / Edition 8

Understanding American Government, Alternate Edition / Edition 8

by Susan Welch, Susan M. Rigdon, John Comer, John Gruhl
     
 

The authors (from the U. of Nebraska, Pennsylvania State U., and U. of Illinois) present an introductory textbook on the structures and functions of American government, emphasizing the impact of individual features of government or its responsiveness to different groups. Otherwise, they hew to a relatively standard presentation of content, providing chapters on the… See more details below

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The authors (from the U. of Nebraska, Pennsylvania State U., and U. of Illinois) present an introductory textbook on the structures and functions of American government, emphasizing the impact of individual features of government or its responsiveness to different groups. Otherwise, they hew to a relatively standard presentation of content, providing chapters on the major institutions of the federal government; the influence of the media, interest groups, and political parties; civil rights and liberties; and other topics usually included in textbooks on the topic. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780534647490
Publisher:
Cengage Learning
Publication date:
03/10/2005
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
640
Product dimensions:
8.60(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author


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.

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1American Democracy2
Ch. 2The Constitution22
Ch. 3Federalism and the Growth of Government48
Ch. 4Public Opinion72
Ch. 5Interest Groups104
Ch. 6Political Parties138
Ch. 7Elections166
Ch. 8The Media212
Ch. 9Money and Politics252
Ch. 10Congress280
Ch. 11The Presidency324
Ch. 12The Bureaucracy360
Ch. 13The Judiciary392
Ch. 14Civil Liberties424
Ch. 15Civil Rights464
Ch. 16The Budget516

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