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Overview

Updated in a new 2nd edition, Understanding American Politics and Government provides students with a substantive foundation on the fundamentals of our government while enlisting them to become more discerning consumers of political information, better decision-makers and more effective citizens. Using a journalistic, example-rich narrative, this unique text schools students in the building blocks of good social science by distinguishing between the concepts of “correlation” and “causation.”

*The Alternate version of this text does not contain the policy chapters found in the National version*


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Editorial Reviews

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Understanding American Politics and Government empowers students to think more analytically and provides them with a sharper understanding about politics. A superior approach to understanding the intellectual process of answering political questions, this book is superb in every way!”–Dave Adler, Idaho State University

Understanding American Politics and Government is distinct from other introductory American politics texts in that it introduces students to the work of political science—particularly how to establish causality—while refraining from advocating for a single theoretical approach.”–Stacey Pelika, College of William & Mary

“I like the way the authors are able to grab the reader’s attention at the very beginning of the chapter and keep it focused with excellent writing, explanations, examples, and current case studies.”–Wayne Ault, Southwestern Illinois College

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205829347
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Publication date: 1/11/2011
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 752
  • Product dimensions: 7.80 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

John J. Coleman is Professor and Chair of the Political Science Department at the University of Wisconsin, Madison; he is the Lyons Family Faculty Fellow and has received a Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Award. John’s current research examines the effect of various campaign finance rules and regulations on electoral and policy outcomes in the states.

Kenneth M. Goldstein is Professor of Political Science at the University of Wisconsin, Madison where he won the Kellet Award for his career research accomplishments and the Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Award. He is also president of Kantar Media’s Campaign Media Analysis Group as well as a consultant for the ABC News elections unit and a member of their election night decision team.

William G. Howell is the Sydney Stein Professor in American Politics at the University of Chicago. He has written widely on separation of powers issues and American political institutions, especially the presidency. Will’s recent research examines the relationships between war and presidential power.

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Table of Contents

1 Thinking About American Politics

2 Political Culture

3 The Constitution

4 Federalism

5 Civil Liberties

6 Civil Rights

7 Public Opinion

8 Political Participation

9 Voting, Elections, and Campaigns

10 Media and Politics

11 Political Parties

12 Interest Groups

13 Congress

14 The Presidency

15 The Federal Court System

16 The Bureaucracy

17 State and Local Governments

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