American Government and Politics Today, Enhanced,
18th Edition

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

ISBN-13: 9781337790352 | ISBN-10: 1337790354

Copyright 2020

| Published 2019

| 736 pages

List Price USD $149.95


Ford/Bardes/Schmidt/Shelley's American Government and Politics Today, Enhanced 18th Edition, transforms you from casual observer to well-informed participant. It equips you with the knowledge to make informed choices and start playing an active role in the decision-making process. This popular text is known nationwide for its balanced, unbiased and modern coverage of constitutional, governmental, political, social and economic structures and their processes. Completely up to date, the Enhanced 18th edition includes expansive coverage of the 2018 elections, gender issues and social media. Engaging examples bring chapter concepts to life, while "Politics in Practice" features give you an up-close view of people taking political action. In addition, MindTap, Cengage's fully online learning solution, is available and fully integrated with the text.

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Meet the Authors

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Lynne E. Ford is associate vice president for the academic experience and professor of political science at the College of Charleston in South Carolina. She served as associate provost for curriculum and academic administration for five years, was department chair for eight years and led a number of campuswide initiatives, including general education reform, faculty compensation and civic engagement. With teaching and research interests in women and politics, elections and voting behavior, political psychology and civic engagement, Dr. Ford has written articles on women in state legislatures, the underrepresentation of women in political office in the American South and work-family policy in the United States. She also authored WOMEN AND POLITICS: THE PURSUIT OF EQUALITY and THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF WOMEN AND AMERICAN POLITICS. She received her B.A. from The Pennsylvania State University and her M.A. and Ph.D. in government and political behavior from the University of Maryland-College Park.

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.

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.

  • Thoroughly revised and updated, the 18th Edition includes coverage of the 2018 national elections, recent data, emerging issues and engaging examples of politics, politicians and policies that bring chapter concepts to life.
  • An "Election 2018" feature has been added to every chapter. Within the context of each chapter's focus, this feature guides students to think about the ways an election can change American politics or reinforce the status quo.
  • "What if... ?" questions prompt lively classroom discussion and encourage students to apply critical-thinking skills to current, real-life issues.
  • Most chapters include a social media screen capture that poses a critical-thinking question challenging students to apply chapter content to real-world issues.
  • In response to reviewer feedback, Chapter 10: The Media and Politics has been significantly revised and now emphasizes the way social media connects individuals to one another and with ideas and political leaders.
  • Helping students focus on key content, Learning Objectives open each chapter and highlight the most important concepts and skills. End-of-chapter summaries link back to the Learning Objectives, enabling student understanding of key topics.
  • Giving students an up-close view of real-world politics and people taking political action, "Politics in Practice" features appear in every chapter and spotlight examples from popular culture and current events. In Chapter 2, the feature highlights the impact of the Broadway musical "Hamilton." In Chapter 5, it shows the power of students to change the racial climate on their campus through protest. The feature is designed to enhance student interest by identifying a person or group of people who took on an issue and made a difference.
  • In response to reviewer suggestions, the text provides expanded coverage of gender issues throughout, including new material on the historic candidacy of Hillary Rodham Clinton, the Equal Pay Act and the Lilly Ledbetter Act, as well as updated coverage of women's rights and gender equality, gender and racial discrimination, and the pay gap.
  • "Beyond Our Borders" features give students both global and comparative context, covering topics related to key issues such as economic globalization, foreign elections, citizenship, immigration and foreign lobbying.
  • Recent court decisions on marriage equality and immigration, as well as foreign policy issues such as the violence in Syria and the refugee crisis, are integrated into the appropriate chapters to ensure the book addresses the timeliest political events and topics.

Table of Contents

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1. One Republic--Two Americas?
2. The Constitution
3. Federalism
4. Civil Liberties
5. Civil Rights
6. Public Opinion and Political Socialization
7. Interest Groups
8. Political Parties
9. Campaigns, Voting and Elections
10. The Media and Politics
11. The Congress
12. The President
13. The Bureaucracy
14. The Courts
15. Domestic Policy
16. Economic Policy
17. Foreign Policy and National Security
18. State and Local Government
Appendix A: The Declaration of Independence
Appendix B: The Constitution of the United States
Appendix C: The Federalist Papers Nos. 10 and 51

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