American Government (14e) : 9780205251735

American Government (14e)

 
Edition
 
14
ISBN
 
9780205251735
ISBN 10
 
0205251730
Published
 
08/02/2012
Published by
 
Pages
 
456
Format
 
Out of stock
 
Title type
 
 
 
Description

American Government provides a concise overview of the American political system and its institutions using the Constitution as a backdrop and touchstone in every chapter. Concentrating on the most significant issues necessary to understanding American government, this book is specifically structured to engage today's students through a concise, stimulating style that is free of ideological and political bias.

 

Teaching & Learning Experience


Personalize Learning —MySearchLab with eText provides book-specific assessment, a full eText, and research and writing tools to help students improve their results.


Explore Concepts and Current Events — Covers current political issues and events within the context of the governing document of this nation since its ratification in 1789.


Improve Critical Thinking – The annotated Constitution provides a critical thinking roadmap for students as they read this seminal document. Questions designed to promote critical thinking have been added throughout each chapter.


Engage Students — Walter Volkomer has strived in every edition of this best-selling title to make it readable and engaging for undergraduate students.


Instructor Support – An Instructor’s Resource Manual, MyTest Test Bank, PowerPoint slides, and Digital Transparency Masters are just some of the resources available for instructors.

Table of contents

I. THE FRAMEWORK OF GOVERNMENT

 1. Politics, Democracy, and the American People

 2. From Colonialism to Constitutionalism

     - The Constitution of the United States of America (Annotated).

     - Amendments to the Constitution (Annotated).

 3. The Federal System

 

II. POLITICS AND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE

 4. Public Opinion and the Mass Media

 5. Political Parties and Interest Groups

 6. Nominations and Elections

 

III. THE INSTITUTIONS OF GOVERNMENT

 7. Congress

 8. The Chief Executive

 9. The Federal Bureaucracy

10. The Judiciary

 

IV. THE RIGHTS OF THE INDIVIDUAL

11. Civil Liberties

12. Civil Rights

 

V. PUBLIC POLICY

13. Public Policy—What Government Does

14. Foreign Policy

New to this edition
  • President Obama’s historic campaign and first term in office are covered in detail, providing the most current treatment of important national and international issues, such as the appointments of Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan to the United States Supreme Court and growing threat of Iran and North Korea. (ex. p. 276)
  • Critical and relevant current events and debates are explored throughout the book – including the economic crisis, the debate over healthcare, public attitudes toward gay marriage – to spark student interest and demonstrate how government affects daily lives of all Americans. (ex. p. 70)
  • Analyses of recent, groundbreaking Supreme Court decisions encourage students to think critically about these cases and their ramifcations for¿civil liberties nationwide.¿(ex. Ch. 11)
  • Coverage of the 2010 congressional elections and its effects on the Obama administration. (ex. Ch. 7)
  • Excerpts from the Constitution, accompanied by key questions, open each chapter to prime students and establish the Constitutional framework of the book.¿ Chapter Conclusions review how the Constitution relates to the topics discussed in that chapter. (ex. p. 170)

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Features & benefits
  • Contemporary and concise coverage engages students in the most important issues of today and provides them with a solid understanding of the American governmental system. (ex. p. v)
  • "Close-Up" box features appear in every chapter to provide small case studies of people, events, and legislation of importance in American politics.¿ Topics include free speech, gay marriage, internet voting, marijuana regulation, the Patriot Act, pension reform, and much more. (ex. p. 5)
  • Conclusions at the end of each chapter provide strong summaries to help students focus on the key concepts of the chapter. (ex. p. 16)
  • Critical thinking questions can be found throughout each chapter, stimulating debate and encouraging students to establish informed opinions (ex. p. 8)
  • Key Terms, appearing in bold within the text and listed again at the end of each chapter, are defined in a glossary at the end of the book. (ex. p. 409)
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