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Understanding American Government / Edition 4

Understanding American Government / Edition 4


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ISBN-13: 9780314201539
Publisher: West Group
Publication date: 02/28/1997
Edition description: Older Edition
Pages: 550
Product dimensions: 8.26(w) x 9.94(h) x 0.84(d)

About 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.

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.

Sue Thomas is Senior Research Scientist at the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation (PIRE) and Director of PIRE-Santa Cruz. Prior to joining PIRE, she served as Associate Professor of Government and Director of Women's Studies at Georgetown University. She received her A.B. and M.Ed. from UCLA, and her Ph.D. from University of Nebraska, Lincoln. Her research specialty is women and politics, and among her publications are How Women Legislate and Women and Elective Office: Past, Present, and Future.

Table of Contents

PART 1: THE AMERICAN SYSTEM. 1. American Democracy. 2. The Constitution. 3. Federalism and the Growth of Government. PART 2: LINKS BETWEEN PEOPLE AND GOVERNMENT. 4. Public Opinion. 5. Interest Groups. 6. Political Parties. 7. Elections. 8. The Media. 9. Money and Politics. PART 3: INSTITUTIONS. 10. Congress. 11. The Presidency. 12. The Bureaucracy. 13. The Judiciary. PART 4: CIVIL LIBERTIES AND RIGHTS. 14. Civil Liberties. 15. Civil Rights. PART 5: PUBLIC POLICIES. 16. Social Welfare Policy.

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