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Updated to include coverage of the events of the first year of the Obama Administration, this best-selling new textbook brings the real world of politics into the classroom and prepares students to be strong critical thinkers and more effective citizens.
Utilizing an emphasis on causal questions and an integrated, comparative perspective, this book equips students with the critical thinking tools used by political scientists to see through the simplified or inaccurate claims made everyday in newspapers, online, and on television. It enables students to gain a deeper understanding of American politics and begin to answer for themselves some of the most interesting and provocative questions about cause and effect in our society.
In a clear, engaging style that has been enthusiastically praised by instructors and students alike, the authors establish for students a substantive foundation on the fundamentals of our government while enlisting them in an effort to solve the lively, fascinating puzzles political scientists continue to confront every day.
Chapter 1 Thinking About American Politics
Chapter 2 Political Culture
Chapter 3 The Constitution
Chapter 4 Federalism
Chapter 5 Civil Liberties and Civil Rights
Chapter 6 Public Opinion
Chapter 7 Political Participation, Voting and Elections
Chapter 8 Media and Politics
Chapter 9 Political Parties
Chapter 10 Interest Groups
Chapter 11 Congress
Chapter 12 The Presidency
Chapter 13 The Federal Court System
Chapter 14 The Bureaucracy
Chapter 15 Economic, Social and Foreign Policy