American Government

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Houghton Mifflin, Mar 17, 2003 - Political Science - 592 pages
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Distinguished by its myth vs. reality framework American Government encourages students to address their preconceptions about government and think critically about the US political system. The Seventh Edition focuses on changing perceptions of American government, while providing coverage on the media, public opinion, the Supreme Court, and domestic and international policy.

Chapter 14, Domestic Policy and Policymaking, includes discussions of education and environmental policies, as well as economic and social welfare issues; and Chapter 15, Foreign and Defense Policy, reflects changes since the start of the "War on Terrorism."

  • Focus Questions center students' attention on key issues.
  • Politics in Action boxes encourage students to think about the everyday applications of politics and highlight the realities of the political process.
  • Myth in Popular Culture boxes call attention to the way different outlets of popular culture reflect and shape myths about the function of government and politics.
  • Closer to Home boxes focus on issues in local politics.

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Myth and Reality in American Politics
Myths in Popular Culture Mirrors and Shapers of Images
Closer to Home Who Governs?

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About the author (2003)

Alan Gitelson (PhD Syracuse) is Professor and former Chair of the Political Science Department at Loyola University of Chicago. He is well known in the areas of voting and political parties and is the author of numerous books and articles in these fields.

Robert Dudley is Chair of the Department of Public and International Affairs at George Mason University. His areas of specialty include judicial behavior and the presidency. His articles have been published in numerous journals, including APSR and The Journal of Political Science. He received his Ph.D. in 1979 from Northern Illinois University.

Melvin Dubnick (PhD University of Colorado) is Professor of Political Science and director of the MPA program at the University of New Hampshire. He has written on a range of issues from accountability, regulatory policymaking, and federalism to health care reform.

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