American Government: Myths and Realities

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What the typical introductory-level student knows about American government and politics is often based on common myths that distort the reality of the political world. Rather than dismissing those myths as outright falsehoods, American Government: Myths and Realities, 2014 Election Edition, encourages students to confront their preconceived notions in order to think critically about government and politics. Clearly and distinctively woven into each chapter, the myths-and-realities theme provides a pedagogical framework that engages students with interesting conundrums while effectively covering the core concepts of American government.

FEATURES

* Stunning full-color visuals and updated graphs and charts

* Full coverage of the 2014 midterm elections and Supreme Court decisions

* Updated throughout to address such issues as public opinion and political participation, the media, and civil liberties and civil rights (now covered in two separate chapters)

* "Policy Connection" features at the end of each chapter present domestic and foreign policy content

* "Asked & Answered" features employ a question-and-answer format in order to examine various political issues

* "Politics & Popular Culture" features, available online at www.oup.com/gitelson, demonstrate how music, movies, television, and books reflect and impact the way that Americans think about government and politics

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About the Author:


Alan R. Gitelson is Professor of Political Science and former Assistant Provost and Chair of the Department Political Science at Loyola University.

Robert L. Dudley is Professor of Government and Politics, School of Policy, Government, and International Affairs (SPGIA) at George Mason University.

Melvin J. Dubnick is Professor of Political Science at the University of New Hampshire and Professor Emeritus at Rutgers University.

Review:


"American Government provides students with a critical assessment of commonly held beliefs about the structures and processes of American government by highlighting common myths and why these myths fail to capture the reality of policymaking in the United States."--Paul Nolette, Marquette University


"This text does an outstanding job of engaging students through salient and current political controversies. It uses perceptions of politics in order to entice readers into discovering the ways in which American politics really operates."--Ken Moffet, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville


"The authors use colorful and recent examples that will help students place current events into context. The book also helps them relate current events to political patterns in history by using examples from the past in almost each chapter."--Jillian Hartley, Arkansas Northeastern College


"American Government provides students with a critical assessment of commonly held beliefs about the structures and processes of American government by highlighting common myths and why these myths fail to capture the reality of policymaking in the United States."--Paul Nolette, Marquette University


"This text does an outstanding job of engaging students through salient and current political controversies. It uses perceptions of politics in order to entice readers into discovering the ways in which American politics really operates."--Ken Moffet, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville


"The authors use colorful and recent examples that will help students place current events into context. The book also helps them relate current events to political patterns in history by using examples from the past in almost each chapter."--Jillian Hartley, Arkansas Northeastern College


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