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American Government and Politics Today 2011-2012 Edition Hardcover – January 1, 2011

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  • Hardcover: 752 pages
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning; 15 edition (January 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0495797677
  • ISBN-13: 978-0495797678
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.7 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
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"This text covers the bases of American Government, and is an easy read with up-to-date student-oriented examples, with a nice amount of readable graphs, tables, and charts." -- Teri Bengtson, Elmhurst College

"I have examined other texts and found them to be too biased. I want to use a text that is thorough and factual. This is why I use the Schmidt text." -- Terence Lenio, McHenry County College

"It is an excellent basic text on American Government that gives the student a complete understanding of the structures of the American system and its colonial origins." -- Steven Rolnick, Western Connecticut State University

About the Author

Steffen W. Schmidt is a professor of political science at Iowa State University. He grew up in Colombia, South America, and has studied in Colombia, Switzerland, and France. He has a B.A. from Rollins College and obtained his Ph.D. from Columbia University, New York, in public law and government. Schmidt has published fourteen books and over one hundred and thirty articles in scholarly journals and is the recipient of numerous prestigious teaching prizes, including the Amoco Award for Lifetime Career Achievement in Teaching and the Teacher of the Year award. He is a pioneer in the use of web-based and real-time video courses and is a member of the American Political Science Association's section on Computers and Multimedia. He is known as "Dr. Politics" for his extensive commentary on US politics in US and international media. He is a weekly blogger for Gannett, comments on CNN en Espanol and Univision as well as WNYC, New York. He's on Facebook (SteffenWSchmidt) and Twitter (DrPolitics).

Mack C. Shelley, II is a professor of political science and statistics at Iowa State University. After receiving his bachelor's degree from American University in Washington, DC, he went on to graduate studies at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, where he received a master's degree in Economics and a Ph.D. in Political Science. He arrived at Iowa State in 1979. From 1993 to 2002 he served as elected co-editor of the POLICY STUDIES JOURNAL. Shelley has also published numerous articles, books, and monographs on public policy, including THE PERMANENT MAJORITY: THE CONSERVATIVE COALITION IN THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS; BIOTECHNOLOGY AND THE RESEARCH ENTERPRISE: A GUIDE TO THE LITERATURE (with William F. Woodman and Brian J. Reichel); AMERICAN PUBLIC POLICY: THE CONTEMPORARY AGENDA (with Steven G. Koven and Bert E. Swanson); and QUALITY RESEARCH IN LITERACY AND SCIENCE EDUCATION: INTERNATIONAL PERSPECTIVES AND GOLD STANDARDS (with Larry Yore and Brian Hand).

Barbara A. Bardes is professor emerita of political science at the University of Cincinnati. She received her B.A. and M.A. from Kent State University and her Ph.D. from the University of Cincinnati. She served as a faculty member in political science and dean of Mundelein College at Loyola University of Chicago. In 1993, she was appointed dean of Raymond Walters College of the University of Cincinnati, where she served until 2003. She returned to the political science department where she held the position of graduate director before retiring. Bardes has written articles on public and foreign policy, and women and politics. She also has co-authored DECLARATIONS OF INDEPENDENCE: WOMEN AND POLITICAL POWER IN 19TH CENTURY AMERICAN NOVELS, THINKING ABOUT PUBLIC POLICY, PUBLIC OPINION: MEASURING THE AMERICAN MIND, and AMERICAN GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS TODAY.

Lynne E. Ford is Associate Provost for Curriculum and Academic Administration and professor of political science at the College of Charleston in Charleston, South Carolina. She received her B.A. from The Pennsylvania State University and her M.A. and Ph.D. in government and political behavior from the University of Maryland-College Park. Ford's teaching and research interests include women and politics, elections and voting behavior, political psychology, and civic engagement. She has written articles on women in state legislatures, the under-representation of women in political office in the American South, and work-family policy in the United States. She has also authored WOMEN AND POLITICS: THE PURSUIT OF EQUALITY and THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF WOMEN AND AMERICAN POLITICS. Ford served as department chair for eight years and she has led a number of campus-wide initiatives including general education reform, faculty compensation, and civic engagement.

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I used this for my political science class, and I loved it. I had little experience in politics, and this proved to be an interesting read. The beyond our borders parts linked the US to the world and was a great supplement to each chapter. Pricey, but I guess it needs to be, as you can tell there was a lot of current research going on for each new edition.
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I paid for a "used book" but it turned out to be new. I couldnt have been happier and this is the cheapest textbook i've had as a student. Time to stop buying expensive textbooks from de school when u can get them cheap here.
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I used this book maybe 3 times, as an aid for my tutor. It seems he pulled the info from the book so ask your professor if you REALLY need this book, its more of an aid if anything for the content in class.
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By olivia on September 19, 2012
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This book came in very fast, which was a good thing in my case. The price was a perfect range for me. I would recommend anyone to buy from this person.
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By Rosa C. on April 24, 2014
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i should have gotten the new one, this one is somewhat outdated and the chapters are all mixed up. get the newer version its worth it
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