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American Government and Politics Today: Essentials 2017-2018 Edition,
19th Edition

Barbara A. Bardes, Mack C. Shelley II, Steffen W. Schmidt

ISBN-13: 9781337091213 | ISBN-10: 1337091219

Copyright 2018

| Published 2017

| 576 pages

List Price USD $119.95

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AMERICAN GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS TODAY: THE ESSENTIALS, 2017-2018 Edition, inspires you to join the exciting process of being active, informed citizens. Unbiased, concisely organized, and updated with Election 2016 coverage, the authors provide encouragement and suggestions for ways to become involved in the political process. MindTap, Cengage Learning's fully online learning solution, is available and fully integrated with this text.

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Barbara A. Bardes is professor emerita of political science at the University of Cincinnati. She served as a faculty member in political science and dean of Mundelein College at Loyola University of Chicago. In 1993, she was appointed dean of the University of Cincinnati Blue Ash, serving until 2003. She returned to the Political Science Department, where she held the position of graduate director before retiring. In addition to writing articles on public and foreign policy and women and politics, Dr. Bardes co-authored DECLARATIONS OF INDEPENDENCE: WOMEN AND POLITICAL POWER IN 19TH CENTURY AMERICAN NOVELS, THINKING ABOUT PUBLIC POLICY, PUBLIC OPINION: MEASURING THE AMERICAN MIND and AMERICAN GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS TODAY. She received her B.A. and M.A. from Kent State University and her Ph.D. from the University of Cincinnati.

Mack C. Shelley II is a professor of political science and statistics at Iowa State University, where he arrived in 1979. Currently chair of the Department of Political Science, he conducts policy research in a number of areas funded by grants and contracts. From 1993 to 2002 he served as elected co-editor of the POLICY STUDIES JOURNAL. In addition, Dr. Shelley has published numerous articles, books and monographs on public policy, including THE PERMANENT MAJORITY: THE CONSERVATIVE COALITION IN THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS, BIOTECHNOLOGY AND THE RESEARCH ENTERPRISE: A GUIDE TO THE LITERATURE (with William F. Woodman and Brian J. Reichel), AMERICAN PUBLIC POLICY: THE CONTEMPORARY AGENDA (with Steven G. Koven and Bert E. Swanson) and QUALITY RESEARCH IN LITERACY AND SCIENCE EDUCATION: INTERNATIONAL PERSPECTIVES AND GOLD STANDARDS (with Larry Yore and Brian Hand). He received his bachelor’s degree from American University in Washington, D.C., and both his master’s degree in economics and Ph.D. in political science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Steffen W. Schmidt is the Lucken Professor Emeritus of political science at Iowa State University. He has published 14 books and over 130 articles in scholarly journals and major newspapers. His numerous teaching honors include the Amoco Award for Lifetime Career Achievement in Teaching and Teacher of the Year. He is a pioneer in the use of web-based and real-time video courses, a founding member of the American Political Science Association's section on Computers and Multimedia, and a founding member of the USSTRATCOM academic alliance. Known as "Dr. Politics" for his extensive commentary on U.S. politics in both U.S. and international media, he comments on CNN en Español and Univision as well as CTV Canada Cable TV. Dr. Schmidt grew up in Colombia, South America, and studied in Colombia, Switzerland, the United States and France. He received a B.A. from Rollins College and a Ph.D. in public law and government from Columbia University, New York. Dr. Schmidt is on Facebook (SteffenWSchmidt) and Twitter (DrPolitics).

  • "Election 2016" results are placed in the context of each chapter's subject matter. These features help students think critically about recent events and consider them in the context of American political theory and history.
  • A "Consider the Source" feature stimulates students to think more critically about primary sources from which many statistics and statements are derived in American government research.
  • With a concise organization and highly readable style, this text provides thorough coverage in a streamlined format.
  • An Additional Resources section at the end of each chapter prompts students to engage with the material outside of class. This feature includes current online resources, books, and videos.
  • "What If…." and "Beyond Our Borders" features engage students' interest while encouraging them to think critically about key concepts and current events and to develop a more informed and global perspective.
  • Learning Outcomes appear at the opening of each chapter and correlate to each major section to help students target their reading, and are revisited in the chapter summary and end-of-chapter quiz. These outcomes are tied to the Introduction to American Government outcomes that are expected from most courses across the country.
  • The 2017-2018 Edition engages students by focusing on how government impacts them. Chapter 1 shows students how government is everywhere, at every stage of their lives. "Why Should You Care About. . ." and "How You Can Make a Difference" features encourage community and political participation, and student demographics, social media, and cross-generational information is incorporated throughout.
  • "Which Side Are You On?" features challenge students to take a stand on controversial issues and explore ways to take action.

Table of Contents

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Part I: THE AMERICAN SYSTEM.
1. The Democratic Republic.
2. The Constitution.
3. Federalism.
Part II: CIVIL RIGHTS AND LIBERTIES.
4. Civil Liberties.
5. Civil Rights.
Part III: PEOPLE AND POLITICS.
6. Public Opinion and Political Socialization.
7. Interest Groups.
8. Political Parties.
9. Campaigns and Elections.
10. The Media.
Part IV: POLITICAL INSTITUTIONS.
11. The Congress.
12. The President.
13. The Bureaucracy.
14. The Courts.
Part V: PUBLIC POLICY.
15. Domestic and Economic Policy.
16. Foreign Policy.
Appendix A: The Declaration of Independence.
Appendix B: The Constitution of the United States and Amendments to the Constitution of the United States
Appendix C: Federalist Papers Nos. 10, 51, and No. 78.
Appendix D: Justices of the U.S. Supreme Court since 1900.
Appendix E: Party Control of Congress since 1900.
Appendix F: The Presidents of the United States.

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