The basics of American politics

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HarperCollins, 1991 - Political Science - 317 pages
2 Reviews
This brief, nuts-and-bolts introduction to American government has been a student favorite and a bestseller for over 30 years because of its lively, straight-forward approach to the basics, its brevity, and its always inexpensive price. This text uses a dynamic game metaphor to engage students in the basics of the American political system and the contact sport of politics. Beginning with a clear definition of politics, it introduces four governmental and four nongovernmental "players" who must abide by the "rules of the game" established by the Constitution and civil liberties. It ends by examining rival theories of who wins and who loses in American politics. Written to engage students and lay a flexible foundation for instructors, "The Basics of American Politics" covers all the terms and topics behind the current news, situating politics in the classroom and beyond.

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User Review  - C. Scott - Goodreads

A nice college-level primer on the function/dysfunction of American government. This book does a nice job of identifying the players and rules of the game in our democracy. My edition is a little ... Read full review

Review: The Basics Of American Politics

User Review  - Angie - Goodreads

I liked this no-nonsense approach to the basics of the political machine. It provides some current applications of the text, and also provides examples of how the system doesn't necessarily abide by what our "forefathers" intended. Read full review

Contents

Rules of the Game
18
The Supreme
130
Protecting
160
Copyright

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