Politics is about conflict and compromise.American Politics Today helps students understand the debates and controversies that they encounter in the news by emphasizing conflict and compromise as natural parts of politics. New book features—including highly visual “How It Works” infographics—show how the American political process resolves conflicts.
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David T. Canon is professor of political science at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. His teaching and research interests focus on American political institutions, especially Congress, and racial representation. He is the author of Actors, Athletes, and Astronauts: Political Amateurs in the United States Congress; Race, Redistricting, and Representation: The Unintended Consequences of Black Majority Districts (winner of the Richard F. Fenno Prize); The Dysfunctional Congress? (with Kenneth Mayer); and various articles and book chapters. He recently finished a term as the Congress editor of Legislative Studies Quarterly. He is an AP consultant and has taught in the University of Wisconsin AP Summer Institute for U.S. Government and Politics since 1997. Professor Canon is the recipient of a University of Wisconsin chancellor's distinguished teaching award.
William T. Bianco is professor of political science at Indiana University Bloomington and Co-Chair of the Working Group on the Political Economy of Sustainable Democracy at the Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis. He received his undergraduate degree from SUNY Stony Brook and his Ph.D. from the University of Rochester. He is the author of Trust: Representatives and Constituents; American Politics: Strategy and Choice; and numerous articles on American politics. He has received three National Science Foundation grants. He has also served as a consultant to congressional candidates and party campaign committees, as well as to the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and several state and local government agencies.
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