American Government: Political Development and Institutional Change
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Description: How politics in America works today, how it got that way, and how it's likely to change through reform. This focus is evident in every chapter of Cal Jillson's highly lauded American Government: Political Development and Institutional Change. America's past is present in all aspects of the contemporary political system. Jillson uses political development and the dynamics of change as a tool to help students understand how politics works now--and how institutions, participation, and policies have evolved over time to produce this political environment. Going one step further, Jillson helps students think critically about how American democracy might evolve further, focusing in every chapter on reform and further change. The 8th edition will feature revisions highlighting the 2014 midterm Congressional elections, the latest on Obama's presidency, important Supreme Court decisions, the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, and other timely updates. An increased attention to media in politics runs through the book. In a streamlined presentation, Jillson delivers a concise and engaging narrative to help students understand the complexities and importance of American politics. Along the way, several pedagogical features foster critical thinking and analysis: "Struggling towards Democracy" discussion questions now do more to provoke critical thinking through examining the "then and now" of democracy in America"The Constitution Today" chapter opening vignettes illustrate the importance of conflicting views on constitutional principles Key terms defined in the margins on the page where they appear help students study important conceptsKey learning objectives at the beginning of every chapter focus students on the central learning objectives Colorful figures and charts help students visualize important information "Let's Compare" boxes analyze how functions of government and political participation work in other countries--now framed by new critical thinking questions. Reformatted "Pro & Con" boxes bring to life a central debate in each chapter and highlight competing perspectives; new discussion questions in each box prompt students to weigh the different arguments and weigh in. End-of-chapter summaries, suggested readings, and web resources help students master the material and guide them to further critical investigation of important concepts and topics.
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All the information you need in one place! Each Study Brief is a summary of one specific subject; facts, figures, and explanations to help you learn faster.
List price: $89.95
Copyright year: 2015
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Size: 7.50" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall