American Government: Freedom and Power

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A textbook for a first course that Lowi (Cornell U.) and Ginsburg (Johns Hopkins U.) have revised almost yearly since the first edition in 1990. Recognizing the theater inherent in politics, they include many narratives in which characters deal with the facts of complex situations they find themselves in. The broad sections cover the historical foundations, institutions, politics, and governance. A study guide is available on the Web. Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

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About the author (1998)

Theodore Jay Lowi was born in Gadsden, Alabama on July 9, 1931. He received a bachelor's degree from Michigan State University and a master's degree and a doctorate in political science from Yale University. He taught at Cornell University from 1959 to 1965, returned in 1972 and remained the John L. Senior professor of American institutions until he was granted emeritus status in 2015. He was a political scientist who wrote numerous books including The End of Liberalism: The Second Republic of the United States, The Politics of Disorder, American Government: Incomplete Conquest, The Personal President, and Hyperpolitics: An Interactive Dictionary of Political Science written with Mauro Calise. He also edited The Pursuit of Justice by Robert F. Kennedy. He died on February 17, 2017 at the age of 85.

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