American Government, Essentials Edition: Institutions and Policies,
16th Edition

James Q. Wilson, John J. DiIulio Jr., Meena Bose, Matthew S. Levendusky

ISBN-13: 9781337568432 | ISBN-10: 1337568430

Copyright 2019

| Published 2018

List Price USD $249.95


The Essentials Edition of AMERICAN GOVERNMENT: INSTITUTIONS AND POLICIES sets the standard for students trying to successfully understand the American government. It examines current issues in American politics, focusing on the importance of American governmental institutions, the historical development of governmental procedures and policies as well as on who governs in the United States and to what ends. The sixteenth edition includes clear learning objectives and highlighted key concepts so you know exactly what to focus on. Links to contemporary debates on policy dynamics give you the opportunity to identify important issues in American politics, apply what you're learning and maximize your comprehension.

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Meet the Authors

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James Q. Wilson taught at Boston College and Pepperdine University. He was Professor Emeritus of Management and Public Administration at UCLA and, before that, the Shattuck Professor of Government at Harvard University. He wrote more than a dozen books on public policy, bureaucracy and political philosophy. A former president of the American Political Science Association (APSA), Dr. Wilson is the only political scientist to win three of the four lifetime achievement awards presented by the APSA. In 2003, he received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian award. Professor Wilson passed away in March 2012 after battling cancer. His work helped shape the field of political science in the United States. His many years of service to this textbook remain evident on every page and will continue for many editions to come.

John J. DiIulio Jr. is a Professor of Political Science at the University of Pennsylvania and has won each of Penn's most prestigious teaching awards. Previously Professor of Politics and Public Affairs at Princeton University, Dr. Dilulio has been a senior fellow and directed research programs at several leading think tanks, including the Brookings Institution. He has been honored with awards from the Association of Public Policy Analysis and Management, the American Political Science Association and other organizations. In addition, he has advised presidential candidates in both parties, served on bipartisan government reform commissions and worked as a senior staff member in the White House. He received his Ph.D. in political science from Harvard University.

Meena Bose is Executive Dean for Public Policy and Public Service programs in the Peter S. Kalikow School of Government, Public Policy and International Affairs at Hofstra University. She also directs Hofstra’s Peter S. Kalikow Center for the Study of the American Presidency. The author or editor of several volumes in presidency studies and American politics, Dr. Bose teaches courses on the American presidency, presidential leadership and policymaking and American politics. She taught for six years at the United States Military Academy at West Point, and she is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. She received her Ph.D. from Princeton University and her B.A. from The Pennsylvania State University.

Matthew S. Levendusky is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Pennsylvania. He obtained his Ph.D. from Stanford University, and his B.A. from The Pennsylvania State University. His research focuses on understanding how institutions and elites influence the political behavior of ordinary citizens, including studies of mass polarization, the effects of partisan media, and various other topics. His work has been honored with a number of awards, including the 2011 Jewell-Lowenberg Award (for the best article published in Legislative Studies Quarterly), the 2013 best paper award from the Journal of Politics, the 2014 Goldsmith Book Prize from Harvard University's Shorenstein Center (for How Partisan Media Polarize America), and the 2016 Erik Erikson Early Career Award from the International Society of Political Psychology.

  • "Constitutional Connections" boxes--now in each chapter--raise issues from the constitutional debates that remain relevant today, helping students connect the topic to the nation's founding.
  • Updates throughout the text reflect the latest scholarship and current events, including the 2016 election, the first months of the Trump administration and the confirmation of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court; ongoing debates about the federal budget, immigration, taxes and other key issues in American politics; and foreign-policy issues in the Middle East, Europe and elsewhere.
  • The revised "What Would You Do?" feature puts students in the role of a decision maker in a contemporary domestic or foreign policy scenario. New to the sixteenth edition are corresponding "What Would You Do?" activities in MindTap Political Science that further encourage critical thinking, research, issue analysis and argumentation.
  • More visual aids--such as new and revised tables, figures, photos and screenshots--have been added to aid student comprehension.
  • "Policy Dynamics Inside/Outside the Box" features present policy dynamics and encourage students to think about where they belong within AMERICAN GOVERNMENT'S classic politics of policymaking framework, which is introduced in Chapter 1.
  • "Landmark Cases" summarize important Supreme Court cases.
  • "Then and Now" chapter-opening vignettes offer attention-grabbing looks at a particular topic in the past and in the present, inviting students to draw important connections between events that have shaped their current political world.
  • Learning objectives open, organize and close each chapter, serving as a road map to key concepts and helping students assess their comprehension.

Table of Contents

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1. The Study of American Government
2. The Constitution.
3. Federalism
4. American Political Culture
5. Civil Liberties.
6. Civil Rights.
7. Public Opinion
8. Political Participation
9. Political Parties.
10. Elections and Campaigns
11. Interest Groups.
12. The Media
13. Congress.
14. The Presidency
15. The Bureaucracy.
16. The Judiciary.

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