Understanding American Politics and Government, Texas Edition

Understanding American Politics and Government, Texas Edition

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Understanding American Politics and Government, Texas 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 students 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.

In a clear, straightforward style brimming with rich, real world examples, this exciting new text not only covers the fundamentals of American government and politics in a highly accessible, engaging fashion, it 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.

*Same materials as Comprehensive version + 7 additional state specific chapters

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780205651863
Publisher: Longman
Publication date: 01/30/2009
Series: MyPoliSciLab Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 1136
Product dimensions: 8.10(w) x 10.00(h) x 1.60(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

Chapter 6: Civil Rights

Chapter 7: Public Opinion

Chapter 8: Political Participation and Voting

Chapter 9: Elections and Campaigns

Chapter 10: Media and Politics

Chapter 11: Political Parties

Chapter 12: Interest Groups

Chapter 13: Congress

Chapter 14: The Presidency

Chapter 15: The Federal Court System

Chapter 16: The Bureaucracy

Chapter 17: Economic and Social Policy

Chapter 18: Foreign Policy

Chapter 19: The Social and Economic Milieu of Texas Politics

Chapter 20: The Texas Constitution

Chapter 21: Texas Government and Politics in the Federal System

Chapter 22: Interest Groups and Political Power in Texas

Chapter 23: The Mass Media in Texas Politics

Chapter 24: The Party System in Texas

Chapter 25: Elections, Campaigns, and Political Behavior in Texas

Chapter 26: The Texas Legislature

Chapter 27: The Texas Executive

Chapter 28: The Texas Bureaucracy and Policy Implementation

Chapter 29: The Judicial System in Texas

Chapter 30: Local Government in Texas

Chapter 31: Contemporary Public Policy Issue in Texas





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