Essentls of American Govt: Cont& Change 04 Ed

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This condensed, briefer version of the bestseller in American and Texas Government has now been updated to include complete coverage of the 2006 midterm elections, the campaigns and results, and the most relevant and important issues and events that have dominated the headlines and national dialogue throughout 2005 and 2006: the war in Iraq; the politics, policies, and fortunes of the second George W. Bush administration; the debate over illegal immigration; the new faces in and decisions from the Supreme Court; scandals and corruption with the executive and legislative branch, and more.

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Essentials of American and Texas Government, 2006 Edition, Election Update
Karen O'Connor · Larry J. Sabato · Stefan Haag · Gary Keith

Written with the belief that students must first understand how American and Texas government have evolved to fully understand our nation and the issues facing it today, the 2006 Election Update of Essentials of American and Texas Government: Continuity and Change continues to offer students a rich historical perspective complemented by complete coverage of the 2006 midterm elections and the most up-to-date scholarship available in any text for the American government course.


  • In-depth and updated coverage throughout of the 2006 midterm campaigns and elections, the war in Iraq, the latest Supreme Court decisions, an analysis of “Red and Blue” America, the changing role of the media, and topics that have been subject to ongoing, impassioned debates, such as the assault weapons ban, gay rights, the Partial Birth Abortion Ban, and affirmative action.
  • An New The Living Constitution boxes appear in every chapter. These boxes excerpt and explain a portion of the Constitution relevant to that chapter’s topic and examine why that article, section, or amendment was important to the Framers and continues to be important today.
  • An Annotated Constitution of the United States appears between Chapters 2 and 3 and an Annotated 1876 Texas Constitution is available at no additional cost when bundled with a new copy of this text. Both Constitutions are integrated with detailed primers that examine the meaning and context of their most significant language. This feature and new supplement help give students a deep understanding of what both Constitutions say, why they include the text they do, and what roles these seminal documents play in our lives today.
  • On Campus boxes now appear in most chapters and continue to focus on the political issues of greatest interest to college students.

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About the Author:

Karen O’Connor is the founder and Director of the Women & Politics Institute at American University, where she formerly served as the Chair of the Department of Government.  Professor O'Connor has written, co-authored, and edited several books, including Gendering American Politics and Women, Politics, and American Society.  She currently serves as president-elect of the Women and Politics Research Section of the American Political Science Association.


Larry J. Sabato is a University Professor and the Robert Kent Gooch Professor of Politics at the University of Virginia, and serves as the Director of the University of Virginia Center for Politics.  His over 20 books include Divided States of America: The Slash and Burn Politics of the 2004 Presidential Election, and the upcoming Get in the Booth: A Citizen’s Guide to the 2006 Midterm Elections.

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