American Government and Politics Today 2009-2010 Edition

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Cengage Learning, Dec 4, 2008 - Political Science - 768 pages
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Students are often hesitant to become involved in the political process. One book changes that. American Government and Politics Today 2009-2010 Edition, 14e uses intriguing examples and hands-on exercises to engage students in the fascinating intricacies of American government -- inspiring them to participate in the political process. As it introduces concepts, the text points to specific ways students can participate, showing how individuals -- including students -- can make a profound impact. It illustrates that active participation can be as simple as calling a local politician to share an opinion, registering to vote, or viewing a town council meeting on local access cable -- demonstrating how small steps can make a difference. Helping build students' critical thinking skills, discussions end with questions that prompt students to consider each concept from their point of view as well as the points of view of others and weigh the varying viewpoints. The 14th edition's powerful new administrative DVD and an innovative online Resource Center help instructors maximize their time and student results. The text also includes expanded coverage of the presidential election. Engaging and inspiring, AMERICAN GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS TODAY, 14e helps students discover how active, informed citizenship does make a difference.
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Contents

The Democratic Republic
3
The Constitution
33
Federalism
87
Civil Liberties
123
Civil Rights
167
Public Opinion and Political Socialization
217
Interest Groups
249
Political Parties
281
The Bureaucracy
493
The Courts
527
Domestic Policy
559
Economic Policy
601
Foreign Policy and National Security
631
State and Local Government
669
The Declaration of Independence
700
The Federalist Papers Nos 10 and 51
702

Voting and Elections
319
Campaigning for Office
345
The Media and Cyberpolitics
379
The Congress
413
The President
455
Glossary
709
Credits
719
Index
721
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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 has a B.A. from Rollins College and obtained his Ph.D. from Columbia University, New York, in public law and government. Dr. Schmidt has published 14 books and over 130 articles in scholarly journals and is 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 known as "Dr. Politics" for his extensive commentary on U.S. politics in U.S. and international media. He is a weekly blogger for Gannett, and comments on CNN en Espanol and Univision, as well as WNYC, New York. Dr. Schmidt is on Facebook (Steffen W Schmidt) and Twitter (DrPolitics).

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, DC, he went on to graduate studies at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, where he received a master's degree in economics and a Ph.D. in political science. He arrived at Iowa State in 1979. From 1993 to 2002, he served as elected co-editor of the Policy Studies Journal. Shelley has also 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).

Barbara A. Bardes is professor emerita of political science at the University of Cincinnati. She received her B.A. and M.A. from Kent State University and her Ph.D. from 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 Raymond Walters College of the University of Cincinnati, where she served until 2003. She returned to the political science department where she held the position of graduate director before retiring. Bardes has written articles on public and foreign policy, and women and politics. She also has 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.