American Government and Politics Today, Enhanced Brief,
11th Edition

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

ISBN-13: 9780357795385
Copyright 2024 | Published
400 pages | List Price: USD $111.95

Issues like COVID-19, Black Lives Matter, police brutality, trade wars and cyberattacks add to the complexity of the U.S. political system. Schmidt/Shelley/Bardes' AMERICAN GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS TODAY, ENHANCED BRIEF 11th edition helps you make sense of it all while learning to be an informed citizen and active participant in the political process. A colorful design and current political news and analysis make this an ideal resource to explain fundamentals of the U.S. government and its intricate political system and how they impact your life -- now and in the future. Extremely reader-friendly, the book has been praised for its brevity, balanced coverage and clarity. Digital course solutions MindTap and Infuse are available.


1. The Democratic Republic.
2. Forging a New Government: The Constitution.
3. Federalism.
4. Civil Liberties.
5. Civil Rights.
6. Public Opinion, Political Socialization, and the Media.
7. Interest Groups and Political Parties.
8. Campaigns and Elections.
9. Congress.
10. The President.
11. The Executive Branch.
12. The Courts.
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.

  • Steffen W. Schmidt

    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

    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

    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.

  • Insights on the outcome and impact of the 2022 midterm elections are integrated throughout.

  • Providing the most current coverage available, all charts and graphs are updated to 2022 and 2023, when possible.

  • New coverage includes highlights of key 2021 and 2022 Supreme Court cases.

  • The authors offer insightful coverage and analysis of the Biden administration's actions during his first two years as president.

  • Careful attention is given to diversity, equity and inclusiveness (DEI) throughout.

  • Learning outcomes open every chapter and correlate with each major section, giving students a road map to the book's key concepts. Full-page quizzes at the end of each chapter -- also correlated to the learning outcomes -- reinforce concepts, helping students maximize their study time and course success.

  • "At Issue" boxes turn the spotlight on current events and controversies and then conclude with "For Critical Analysis" questions that spark lively discussion and deeper reflection on the material.

  • "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?" while providing additional online resources to help students further explore important issues.

  • InterAct features direct students to web activities that encourage informed, active citizenship.

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