American Government: Institutions and Policies

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Houghton Mifflin, 2004 - Political Science - 614 pages
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Acclaimed for the scholarship of its prominent authors and the clarity of its narrative, "American Government" sets the standard for public policy coverage while maintaining focus on three fundamental topics: the institutions of American government; the historical development of governmental procedures, actors, and policies; and who governs in the US and to what end.

The "Essentials" version maintains the structure of the main text but replaces the policy chapters with one brief chapter on the policymaking process.This thoroughly updated edition reflects both foreign and domestic events that currently affect US politics--including a discussion of the effects of 9/11 on American foreign policy and national security--combined with the latest scholarship in the field.Coverage of the most recent domestic issues includes the 2004 term Congressional elections, the Bipartisan Campaign Finance Reform Act, and the George W. Bush presidency.Enhanced coverage of the process of government, such as the workings of Congress and the implementation of law.To augment the chapter summary and help students synthesize and think critically about what they learn, "Revisiting the Enduring Questions" appear at the end of each chapter as mini-essays and expand on the classic questions about democracy posed at the beginning of the chapter.Suggested web links help students research US politics.

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James Q. Wilson most recently taught at Boston College and Pepperdine University. He was Professor Emeritus of Management and Public Administration at UCLA and was previously Shattuck Professor of Government at Harvard University. He wrote more than a dozen books on the subjects of public policy, bureaucracy, and political philosophy. He was president of the American Political Science Association (APSA), and he is the only political scientist to win three of the four lifetime achievement awards presented by the APSA. He received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian award, in 2003. Professor Wilson passed away in March of 2012 after battling cancer. His work helped shape the field of political science in the United States. His many years of service to his American Government book remain evident on every page and will continue for many editions to come.

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