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American Government
Enduring Principles and Critical Choices

4th Edition


  • Date Published: March 2019
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108457835

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  • To understand contemporary American politics and government students need to see how political ideas, institutions and forces have developed over time. The fourth edition of American Government dwells on the seminal role played by political memory and path dependency in shaping contemporary institutions, political forces and public opinion, as well as the critical choices that have caused them to shift course. It provides a comprehensive depiction of current demographic, political, attitudinal and governmental facts, trends and conditions. Each chapter begins with a detailed contemporary portrait of its subject.

    • Includes brand-new chapters focused on political behavior
    • Contains helpful chapter summaries at the end of each chapter so students can test their knowledge
    • Includes critical questions in each chapter which serve as the basis for engaging class discussion or essay assignments
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    Product details

    • Edition: 4th Edition
    • Date Published: March 2019
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108457835
    • length: 524 pages
    • dimensions: 254 x 179 x 21 mm
    • weight: 1.07kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Formative Experiences:
    1. Introduction
    2. Political culture
    3. Contesting the constitution
    4. Political development
    Part II. Pivotal Relationships:
    5. Federalism
    6. Political economy
    Part III. Governing Institutions:
    7. The congress
    8. The presidency
    9. The judiciary
    10. The bureaucracy
    Part IV. Political Life:
    11. Public opinion
    12. Political parties
    13. Campaigns, elections and media
    14. Political and civic participation: movements, lobbies, voluntary associations and the role of the media
    15. Concluding thoughts.

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    Marc Landy, Boston College, Massachusetts
    Marc Landy is the Edward and Louise Peterson Professor of American History and Government at Ashland University and Professor of Political Science at Boston College. He is the co-author of Presidential Greatness (2000) and The Environmental Protection Agency: Asking the Wrong Questions From Nixon to Clinton (1994). He has written for many journals, including National Affairs, Political Science & Politics and Public Administration Review.

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