American Government and Politics Today: The Essentials 2009 - 2010 Edition

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Cengage Learning, Dec 16, 2008 - Political Science - 640 pages
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AMERICAN GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS TODAY: THE ESSENTIALS 2009-2010 EDITION inspires students to join the exciting process of being active, informed citizens. Bardes, Shelley, and Schmidt provide an unbiased and concisely organized overview of this essential subject, updated with complete Election 2008 coverage and wholly redesigned for even greater reader appeal. The text's fundamental theme continues to be the importance of participating in active citizenship. To reinforce this theme, the text emphasizes continual critical thinking about political issues and encourages students to become involved in the political process. With a keen understanding of the needs and interests of today's students, the authors incorporate abundant current examples, including increased coverage of the impact of the Internet and other media, to stimulate learning and excitement.
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Contents

The Democratic Republic
3
The Constitution
29
Federalism
79
Civil Liberties
109
Civil Rights
147
Public Opinion and Political Socialization
191
Interest Groups
223
Political Parties
251
Domestic and Economic Policy
471
Foreign Policy
515
THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE
551
HOW TO READ CASE CITATIONS AND FIND COURT DECISIONS
553
FEDERALIST PAPERS NOS 10 51 AND 78
554
JUSTICES OF THE UNITED STATES SUPREME COURT SINCE 1900
563
PARTY CONTROL OF CONGRESS SINCE 1900
566
SPANISH EQUIVALENTS FOR IMPORTANT TERMS IN AMERICAN GOVERNMENT
567

Campaigns Elections and the Media
287
The Congress
339
The President
375
The Bureaucracy
409
The Courts
441

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About the author (2008)

Barbara A. Bardes is Professor of Political Science and Dean of Raymond Walters College at the University of Cincinnati. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree and Master of Arts degree from Kent State University, and her Ph.D. from the University of Cincinnati. She held a faculty position at Loyola University in Chicago for many years before returning to Cincinnati, her hometown, as a college administrator. Bardes has written articles on public opinion and foreign policy, and on women and politics. She has authored THINKING ABOUT PUBLIC POLICY AND DECLARATIONS OF INDEPENDENCE: WOMEN AND POLITICAL POWER IN NINETEENTH CENTURY AMERICAN NOVELS and co-authored PUBLIC OPINION: MEASURING THE AMERICAN MIND.

Mack C. Shelley, II, is a Professor of Political Science and Statistics at Iowa State University. After receiving his Bachelor's degree from American University in Washington, D.C., he went on to graduate studies at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, where he received a Master's degree and a Ph.D. He taught for two years at Mississippi State University prior to arriving at Iowa State in 1979. Shelley has published numerous articles, books, and monographs on public policy. In 1993, he was elected co-editor of the Policy Studies Journal. His published books include 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); and American Public Policy: The Contemporary Agenda (with Steven G. Koven and Bert E. Swanson).

Steffen W. Schmidt is a Professor of Political Science at Iowa State University. He grew up in Colombia, South America, and has studied in Colombia, Switzerland, and France. He obtained his Ph.D. from Columbia University, New York, in public law and government. Schmidt has published six books and over seventy articles in scholarly journals. He is also the recipient of numerous prestigious teaching prizes, including the Amoco Award for Lifetime Career Achievement in Teaching and the Teacher of the Year award. He is a pioneer in the use of Web-based and real-time video courses and is a member of the American Political Science Association's section on Computers and Multimedia. He is on the editorial board of the Political Science Educator. Schmidt has a political talk show on WOI radio, where he is known as Dr. Politics. The show has been broadcast live from various U.S. and international venues.

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