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American Government Institutions and Policies

ISBN: 9780618556625 | 0618556621
Edition: 10th
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing
Pub. Date: 9/13/2005

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Acclaimed for the scholarship of its prominent authors and the clarity of its narrative,American Governmentsets 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 United States and to what end. Proven pedagogical features involve students in the material , including chapter outlines, suggested Web links for research, andHow Things Workboxes that summarize basic information and important facts. In addition, an enhanced media program helps instructors broaden the scope of teaching and takes students outside the text for additional learning. New!Components of the media package include Web resources such as primary source documents, election ads, audio clips, and interactive activities. Most of the features include related pedagogy or critical-thinking questions. New!Updates throughout the text reflect the latest scholarship and current events, including the 2004 Presidential election, and the War on Terror. New!Chapter pedagogy includesWho governs? And to What Ends?questions that open each chapter to engage students in the material, andReconsidering Who GovernsandReconsidering to What Endsat the close of the chapter to emphasize the complexity of the questions, reflect on myriad possible answers, and encourage critical thinking. New!Glossary boxes appear on pages when appropriate to define the bold terms on that pages. A complete glossary is included at the end of the text. New! Landmark Casesfeatures identify influential Supreme Court decisions in areas such as affirmative action, the media, and foreign affairs. New!The chapters on civil liberties and civil rights are now 5 and 6, respectively, at the end of Part 1. What Would You Do?boxes in relevant chapters help students act as decision makers by presenting them with a realistic domestic policy issue, which they can consider in a paper or class discussion.

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