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Understanding American Government - No Separate Policy Chapter 13th Edition

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"I have been using the Welch text on and off over the years, and it has always had the right nuts and bolts without going into odd directions. The emphasis on diversity is excellent. I have been a reviewer more than once of the Women's Caucus Award, and I've read texts that were good examples of who should not win the award. The attention to diversity is critical in our time." --Terri Fine, University of Central Florida

"I especially like the background discussion on the formation of the Constitution. The authors do a good job of examining the 'why' here, and the chapter is clear, concise, and fits together nicely." --Richard Hungate, Joliet Junior College

"I appreciate the use of student-friendly language, not obtuse verbiage, in conveying the 'why' of politics and its relevance to our daily lives." --Griffin Hathaway, Illinois Central College

About the Author

Susan Welch received her AB and PhD degrees from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is currently Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Professor of Political Science at The Pennsylvania State University. Her teaching and research areas include legislatures, urban politics, and women and minorities in politics. She publishes widely on issues of race, gender, and urban politics.

John Gruhl, Professor of Political Science, received his AB from DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana, and his PhD from the University of California at Santa Barbara. Since joining the University of Nebraska faculty in 1976, he has taught and done research in the areas of judicial process, criminal justice, and civil rights and liberties. He holds campus- and university-wide distinguished teaching awards for excellence in undergraduate teaching and became a charter member of the university's Academy of Distinguished Teachers.

Susan M. Rigdon received AB and PhD degrees in political science from the University of Illinois in 1966 and 1971, respectively. While focusing her teaching on comparative politics and international relations, she has also taught American government courses at several universities in the United States and China. Her research interests include culture and politics, security policy, and poverty and development. She is a Research Associate in Anthropology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Sue Thomas is Senior Research Scientist at the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation (PIRE) and Director of PIRE-Santa Cruz. Prior to joining PIRE, she served as Associate Professor of Government and Director of Women's Studies at Georgetown University. She received her A.B. and M.Ed. from UCLA, and her Ph.D. from University of Nebraska, Lincoln. Her research specialty is women and politics, and among her publications are How Women Legislate and Women and Elective Office: Past, Present, and Future.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 624 pages
  • Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing; 13 edition (January 14, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1111341877
  • ISBN-13: 978-1111341879
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 8.2 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By ACE on May 2, 2013
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I've never read a more biased piece of propaganda BS in my life. It fails to highlight any republican achievement and bashes the party at every chance. Meanwhile the democrat party is basically hailed by Jesus Christ himself and overseen by the genius and creation of all that is holy and mighty. This BS needs to be pulled out of the classroom and replaced with a balanced opinionated publication. What a joke!
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By C.C on October 26, 2014
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It was exactly what I needed! In totally good condition. Nothing affected how I needed to use it and the price was amazing compared to the others. Was a great help- for my budget as well! Thank you so much!!
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