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American Government: Policy and Politics Paperback – January 1, 1999

ISBN-13: 978-0321005052 ISBN-10: 0321005058 Edition: 5 Sub

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 643 pages
  • Publisher: Longman Pub Group; 5 Sub edition (January 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321005058
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321005052
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.2 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,046,708 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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  • “International Perspective” boxes in each chapter compare an aspect of our political system to those of another country. This feature not only helps students to appreciate the distinctiveness of our system, but it also helps them to increase their cross-cultural understanding and knowledge of the world.
  • “Key Terms” in the text margins define important terms as students read them, facilitating student understanding.
  • “What Is Your Opinion?” critical thinking questions placed throughout the running text motivate students to actively examine their own thoughts and opinions on topics in American government.
  • “InPerson Learning” exercises at the end of each of each chapter are designed to get students engaged, involved in government and politics, and make them aware of the relevance of American government and politics in their lives.  Designed to work as projects the instructor assigns or students perform on their own, the activities ask the students to interview elected officials, examine recorded public policies, volunteer at a local nonprofit agency, and much more.
  • The "Let's Debate" feature in every chapter promotes classroom discussion and serves as an excellent starting point for term papers by examining various sides of a provocative, relevant issue under debate in government and politics today.  Topics include: implementation of the 9/11 Comission's recommendations, the use of polling in the media, Congressional War Powers, and the role of the Internet in today's campaigns.


New to this Edition:


Practice tests bound into the back of the text!

Now that this book is published as a "Longman Study Edition," author Neal Tannahill has written a set of chapter tests -- consisting of 30 multiple-choice questions -- for each chapter.  In addition to giving students practice taking exams, the author has designed the questions to walk students through chapter content section by section, thus ensuring student mastery of course material.  Questions can be used as a student study guide or assigned for a grade. 


A new chapter on the Media (Chapter 6) has been added, providing important coverage of the Fourth Estate.  Topics include government regulation of the media, how media consolidation affects news coverage, how candidates for political office manipulate news coverage, bias in the media, and the role the media play in the policy making process. 


The new edition includes increased or updated coverage of the following topics:


Key judicial developments:

  • The controversy over filibustering judicial nominees featuring the nuclear option (a.k.a. constitutional option).
  • The Harriet Miers’ nomination.
  • The adoption of legislation by the state of South Dakota that would directly challenge Roe v. Wade.
  • The Supreme Court’s ruling in Hamdan v. Rumsfeld limiting the authority of the president to try Guantánamo detainees before military commissions.

Federal and Executive decisions:

  • Analysis of presidential signing statements during the Bush administration.
  • A discussion of the role of FEMA in responding to Hurricane Katrina.
  •  Efforts by state governments controlled by Democrats to adopt regulatory policies in areas where Congress and the Bush administration have failed to act, such as global warming, consumer protection, and the minimum wage. 

Contested foreign and domestic policy issues:

  • The controversy over NSA electronic surveillance of international telephone calls.
  • The debate over illegal immigration and immigration reform, including the progress of reform legislation in the House and Senate.
  • The role of the AARP in the defeat of President Bush’s Social Security privatization plan. 
  • The challenge to the United States of nuclear development in Iran and North Korea 

Outcomes and repercussions of the 2004 presidential and 2006 midterm elections:

  • The importance of voter mobilization, especially in Ohio, to the outcome of the 2004 president election.
  • The concept of modified party government, especially in the House.
  • An analysis of the reasons for the increase in voter turnout in 2004.
  • Partisan realignment in the American South.

 Discussion on the changing American political culture, including:

  • The ideological polarization of the Democratic and Republican Parties.
  • Analysis of recent research on a possible genetic basis for political attitudes and beliefs.
  • A discussion on whether the United States is ideologically and culturally polarized between red states and blue states.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Marie Danforth on April 22, 2008
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It really started out much clearer than it ended. The readability is OK and the website that accompanies the book is a fantastic way to reinforce what you have just read. I think that the online site makes all of the difference. If you can buy acess to it if you are buying a used edition, it is worth it for only $20.00. It makes the material much clearer than just reading the book alone.
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By Dadondiva1 on October 13, 2010
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This book was used, written in and pages was missing. I need a book asap but other than that I will just have to manage.
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I purchased this book from this seller, and received it in a soft covered envelope package, it came wrinkled making it look used. It is in great condition other wise, as it was listed as new. I expected my shipping to be sooner than I received it, but after checking my chosen options the mistake was mine. Shipping came as stated, and the inside condition of the book was new.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By johnny on June 10, 2000
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The readability of this book is very difficult. It throws a LOT of numbers at you that are insignificant. This does not bode well, especially when it's late at night and youre trying to get through the chapter. The facts and figures overwhelm you when all youre trying to do is pull out the main ideas. But what can you do about it? The teacher makes you buy the book for the class, so you buy it. Just be prepared to do lots of highlighting to atleast help you cut down on all the unnecessary stuff.
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