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American Government and Politics Today, Brief,
10th Edition

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

ISBN-13: 9781337559706 | ISBN-10: 1337559709

Copyright 2019

| Published 2018

List Price USD $112.95

Overview

For many, American politics and government have never been more interesting. And it's never been more important to understand America's complex and fascinating political system. Need help making sense of what's going on in the White House, Congress and the courts? Who doesn't? Let AMERICAN GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS TODAY: Brief Edition, 2018-2019, be your guide. Find out how easily and effectively you can participate in today's political process. Learn about all the key components and concepts of American Government. And get clear on how our political system is supposed to work, your roles and responsibilities--and what you can do to make a difference. You'll like the colorful design and the affordable price, too.

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Meet the Authors

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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).

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.

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.

  • A new four-color design appeals to today's learners and adds impact to the book's charts and graphs.
  • Coverage in Part IV, "Policymaking," describes the Republicans' struggle to replace the Affordable Care Act and highlights Trump's transactional foreign policy and trade issues with China and Europe.
  • Learning outcomes open each chapter and correlate with each major section, giving students a roadmap to the book's key concepts. Full-page quizzes at the end of each chapter--also correlated to the learning outcomes--reinforce concepts and aid study and review.
  • InterAct features direct students to web activities that encourage informed, active citizenship.
  • "Making a Difference" boxes at the end of each chapter promote student participation by exploring the questions "Why Should You Care?" and "What Can You Do?" and offering additional online resources.
  • "At Issue" boxes focus on current events and controversies and conclude with "For Critical Analysis" questions to spark discussion and deeper reflection on the material.

Table of Contents

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Part I: THE AMERICAN SYSTEM.
1. The Democratic Republic.
2. Forging a New Government: The Constitution.
3. Federalism.
4. Civil Liberties.
5. Civil Rights.
Part II: THE POLITICS OF AMERICAN DEMOCRACY.
6. Public Opinion, Political Socialization, and the Media.
7. Interest Groups and Political Parties.
8. Campaigns and Elections.
Part III: INSTITUTIONS OF AMERICAN GOVERNMENT.
9. Congress.
10. The President.
11. The Executive Branch.
12. The Courts.
Part IV: POLICYMAKING.
13. Domestic and Economic Policy.
14. Foreign Policy.
Appendix A: The Declaration of Independence.
Appendix B: The Constitution of the United States.
Appendix C: Federalist Papers No. 10 and No. 51.

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