New Directions in American Politics

ISBN-10: 0415535573
ISBN-13: 9780415535571
Edition: 2013
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List price: $36.99
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Group
Publication date: 1/16/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 346
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.034

New Directions in American Politicswill bring together top scholars to write original essays across the standard curriculum of American government and politics, capturing emerging research in the discipline in a way that is accessible for undergraduates. Each chapter will combine substantive knowledge with the kind of skill-building and analytical inquiry that is being touted at top universities across the country. Contributors to New Directionswill highlight why the questions they seek to answer are critical for understanding American politics, and situate them in the broader context of controversies in research. It will introduce students to how political science works, in addition to how our political system works. The teaching of American politics follows a well-worn path. Textbooks for introductory courses hew to a traditional set of chapters that describe the Founding, American institutions, the ways citizens participate in politics, and sometimes public policy. The material rarely engages students in the kind of questions that animate scholarship on politics. One hurdle for instructors is finding material that reflects quality scholarship—and thus teaches students about why, not just what—and yet is accessible for undergraduates. Articles in scholarly journals are typically unsuited for undergraduate courses, particularly introductory courses. What is needed is a book that conveys exciting trends in scholarship across vital topics in American politics and illustrates analytical thinking. New Directions in American Politicsis that book and will be an ideal companion to standard textbooks that focus mostly on nuts and bolts of politics.The book will feature:Contributions from a top-notch cast of active scholars and a very highly regarded editorA focus on analytical thinking that addresses questions of causalityFull coverage of the American politics curriculumShort interviews with each contributor to help the research come alive and prompt critical thinking questions for studentsWork that draws on the highest quality research in political science but is written specifically for first year undergraduate students. There is simply no book like this available to the growing number of faculty who want their introductory American politics course to be a reflection of the political science discipline and not just the nuts and bolt facts of the American political system.

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