American Government Political Development and Institutional Change

ISBN-10: 0415537355

ISBN-13: 9780415537353

Edition: 7th 2013 (Revised)

Authors: Cal Jillson

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An introductory American government textbook should do more than simply tell students that politics is relevant today, that it will affect their lives in meaningful ways. Students are best prepared to recognize this basic fact when they understand the bigger picture of how the system works, how it got that way, and what are the possibilities for change. Cal Jillson’s American Government: Political Change and Institutional Developmentshows students how the nation’s past is present in all aspects of contemporary politics, using the dynamics of change as a tool to understand how politics works and how institutions, systems, avenues of participation, and policies have evolved over time to produce today’s political environment in the United States. Going one step further, Jillson identifies the critical question of how American democracy might evolve further, focusing in every chapter on reform and change into the future. These revisions make the seventh edition better than ever:Updates throughout to reflect the 2012 electionsCoverage of President Obama’s presidency and heightened polarization in CongressA renewed emphasis throughout to the impact of race, ethnicity, and gender in the development of American politics.
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List price: $59.99
Edition: 7th
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Group
Publication date: 2/13/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 664
Size: 7.25" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 2.816
Language: English

The Origins of American Political Principles
The Revolution and the Constitution
Federalism and American Political Development
Political Socialization and Public Opinion
The Mass Media and the Political Agenda
Interest Groups: The Politics of Influence
Political Parties: Winning the Right to Govern
Voting, Campaigns, and Elections
Congress: Local Representation and National Lawmaking
The President: Governing in Uncertain Times
Bureaucracy: Redesigning Government for the Twtenty-First Century
The Federal Courts: Activism versus Restraint
Civil Liberties: Ordered Liberty in America
Civil Rights: Where Liberty and Equality Collide
Government, the Economy, and Domestic Policy
America's Place in a Dangerous World
Declaration of Independence
The Articles of Confederation
Constitution of the United States
Federalist Numbers 10, 51, and l78
Partisan Control of the Presidency, Congress, and the Supreme Court
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