American Government,
17th Edition

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

ISBN-13: 9780357794722
Copyright 2024 | Published
400 pages | List Price: USD $312.95

Packed with current examples and practical insight, Wilson/Dilulio/Bose/Levendusky's AMERICAN GOVERNMENT: INSTITUTIONS AND POLICIES, ENHANCED 17th edition, gives you a clear understanding of the U.S. government -- and your role in it. It explains the significance of governmental institutions, the historical development of procedures as well as who governs in U.S. politics and to what ends. Up-to-date coverage includes changes in the Trump and Biden administrations, results of the 2022 elections, government response to the COVID-19 crisis, protests sparked by the death of George Floyd, the media's role in politics, political polarization, climate change, income inequality, recent Supreme Court decisions, affirmative action and more. Numerous features throughout help maximize your study time, while Infuse and MindTap provide you with a wealth of anywhere, anytime digital learning tools.


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.
17. Domestic Policy.
18. Economic Policy.
19. Foreign and Military Policy.
20. American Democracy, Then and Now.

  • James Q. Wilson

    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.

    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

    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

    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.

  • Completely up to date, the new edition of this longtime favorite integrates the latest scholarship on American politics into every chapter.

  • An expanded and updated bibliography of additional resources helps students conduct advanced research on topics that most interest them.

  • Helping students understand the relevance of current issues to their own lives, the Enhanced 17th edition gives special attention to the role of public participation, attitudes toward COVID-19 and the government’s response, political polarization, social media's impact on American democracy and many more critical topics.

  • The text presents updated discussions on the effects of the 2020 elections, the Jan. 6 assault on the Capitol and what the 2022 election results mean for American democracy moving forward.

  • Engaging chapter features like "Constitutional Connections", "Policy Dynamics" (using James Wilson's foundational policymaking classification of perceived costs and benefits) and "What Would You Do" policy questions link political institutions and policymaking to emerging issues in American politics.

  • Putting text content into real-world context, "Then and Now" chapter-opening vignettes help students immediately engage with chapter material through captivating comparisons of specific topics in the past and present, inviting students to draw important connections between events that have shaped their current political world.

  • Driving home key concepts, "Policy Dynamics Inside/Outside the Box" features give students an up-close look at policy dynamics, encouraging them to think about where they belong within AMERICAN GOVERNMENT's classic politics of policymaking framework that is introduced in Chapter 1.

  • "Landmark Cases" summarize important Supreme Court cases, helping students understand the issues and far-reaching impacts of decisions from the nation's highest court.

  • Learning Objectives open, organize and close each chapter. Serving as a road map to key concepts, they enable students to assess their comprehension as they progress through the text -- maximizing their study time and course success.

  • Data questions prompt students to read, think through and understand information provided in chapter charts and graphs, helping learners become more informed and intelligent consumers of the increasing amounts of statistical data available online.

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