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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 Brief version of this text contains abbreviated coverage of all the major topic areas*
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 Participation and Voting in America
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 Domestic and Foreign Policy