American Government: Political Development and Institutional Change (8th Revised edition)

American Government: Political Development and Institutional Change (8th Revised edition)

By: Cal Jillson (author)Paperback

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Features of this Innovative Text The 8th edition of this well-respected text features the 2014 midterm Congressional elections, the latest on Obama's presidency, important Supreme Court decisions, the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, and other timely updates. An increased attention to media in politics runs through the book. * Key learning objectives at the beginning of every chapter focus students on central points to watch for. *"The Constitution Today" chapter opening vignettes illustrate the importance of conflicting views on constitutional principles. * Key terms defined in the margins on the page where they appear help students study important concepts. * Colorful figures, photos, and tables help students visualize important information. *"Let's Compare" boxes analyze how functions of government and political participation work in other countries-now framed by new critical thinking questions. * Reformatted "Pro & Con" boxes bring to life a central debate in each chapter and highlight competing perspectives. * End-of-chapter summaries, suggested readings, and web resources help students master the material and guide them to further critical investigation of important concepts and topics. *"Struggling towards Democracy" discussion questions now do more to provoke critical thinking through examining the "then and now" of democracy in America.

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Cal Jillson is Professor in the Department of Political Science at Southern Methodist University. His recent books include Lone Star Tarnished: A Critical Look at Texas Politics and Public Policy; Texas Politics: Governing the Lone Star State; Pursuing the American Dream: Opportunity and Exclusion Over Four Centuries; Pathways to Democracy: The Political Economy of Democratic Transitions; and The Dynamics of American Politics. Jillson is a frequent media commentator on Texas and national politics.


1. The Origins of American Political Principles 2. The Revolution and the Constitution 3. Federalism and American Political Development 4. Political Socialization and Public Opinion 5. The Mass Media and the Political Agenda 6. Interest Groups: The Politics of Influence 7. Political Parties: Winning the Right to Govern 8. Voting, Campaigns, and Elections 9. Congress: Local Representation and National Lawmaking 10. The President: Governing in Uncertain Times 11. Bureaucracy: Redesigning Government for the Twenty-First Century 12. The Federal Courts: Activism versus Restraint 13. Civil Liberties: Ordered Liberty in America 14. Civil Rights: Where Liberty and Equality Collide 15. Government, the Economy, and Domestic Policy 16. America's Place in a Dangerous World. Appendix A: Declaration of Independence. Appendix B: The Articles of Confederation. Appendix C: Constitution of the United States. Appendix D: Federalist Numbers 10, 51, and 78. Appendix E: Partisan Control of the Presidency, Congress, and the Supreme Court

Product Details

  • publication date: 17/09/2015
  • ISBN13: 9781138783669
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 670
  • ID: 9781138783669
  • weight: 1156
  • ISBN10: 1138783668
  • edition: 8th Revised edition

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