American Politics Today and Governing California in the Twenty-First Century (Core Fourth Edition)

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Show students how politics really works through a focus on conflict and compromise.

This newly updated fourth edition of American Politics Today helps students understand the conflicts and compromises inherent in politics and allows them to practice applying that understanding to the debates and controversies they encounter in the news. By focusing on such pivotal topics as conflict and compromise, students are able to see how institutions and political processes really work.

Governing California in the Twenty-First Century, Fifth Edition, introduces students to the major institutions and processes of California state politics. Incorporating several of the successful features of We the People, the text emphasizes critical thinking and the relevance of state government to students’ everyday lives. Governing California can be used with any Norton American government textbook or on its own.

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J. Theodore Anagnoson is professor emeritus of political science at Cal State LA and a current lecturer at UCSB. He teaches courses on American government, voting and elections, the presidency, and public policy analysis.

William T. Bianco is professor of political science at Indiana University, Bloomington. His research focuses on congressional institutions, representation, and international cooperation in crewed spaceflight. He received his undergraduate degree from SUNY Stony Brook and his MA and Ph.D. from the University of Rochester. He is the author of Trust: Representatives and Constituents and numerous journal articles. His research and graduate students have received funding from the National Science Foundation and the National Council for Eurasian and Eastern European Research. He has served as a consultant to various candidates, political parties, and government agencies. He was also a Fulbright Senior Scholar in Moscow, Russia, during 2011–12.

Gerald Bonetto is a lecturer at Cal State LA and Director of Public Affairs with the Printing Industries Association of California. He teaches courses in public policy, intergovernmental relations, California government, and economic development.

J. Vincent Buck is professor emeritus of political science at Cal State Fullerton. He has worked in Congress and the federal Department of the Interior and has written on legislatures, citizen participation, and California government and politics.

David T. Canon is professor and department chair 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 served 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.

Richard DeLeon is professor emeritus of political science at San Francisco State University. He is an expert on progressive politics in San Francisco and electoral reforms such as instant runoff voting.

Jolly Emrey is professor of political science at UW-Whitewater and former professor at Cal State LA. She specializes in constitutional law and civil rights and publishes regularly in the fields of public law and public policy.

James J. Kelleher is professor emeritus at College of the Canyons and former chair of their political science department. He has taught at both California State University, Los Angeles, and CSU, Northridge.

Nadine Koch is a professor of political science at Cal State LA. She teaches courses on American government, politics and the media, public opinion, and research methods.

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