Understanding American Politics and Government, Brief Edition

Understanding American Politics and Government, Brief Edition

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Understanding American Politics and Government, Brief Edition

In an election year that has defied expectations, scuttled predictions, and demonstrated that “politics as usual” is often anything but, a distinctive new textbook publishes that helps students make sense of our politics and government.

This engaging new book’s unique approach emphasizes and explores causal questions in American politics. It gives student critical thinking tools–tools pulled directly from a social scientist’s playbook–to start answering those questions, see past today’s headlines, and understand why things really happen in our political world.

This exciting new text is written in a clear, straightforward style brimming with rich, real world examples. It not only covers the fundamentals of American government and politics in a highly accessible, engaging fashion, but also arms students with the tools to separate political fact from fiction. Using this book, students will develop the skills to see through the simplistic sound bites and partisan assertions they’re subjected to by the pundits and politicians.

Students reading this text will be fitted with armor against the partisan bickering and hyperbolic media coverage that causes so many of them to become cynical about politics. They will come away from the text not only excited by political questions, but with the means to explore possible answers as more thoughtful, critical, and empowered citizens.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780205688609
Publisher: Longman
Publication date: 02/27/2009
Series: MyPoliSciLab Series
Edition description: Brief
Pages: 688
Product dimensions: 7.90(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

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

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